16 Nov 2019

Coaching Opportunity USA - Something a little bit different!

So here’s something that’s a little bit different! We spend money on sending our children to camps when they’re young and maybe the Gaeltacht and costly school trips abroad when they’re older. But would you pay €1099 for a Soccer mad young adult (18 – 30) to spend 8 – 12 weeks in the Summer to travelling across the USA, with fully Licensed UEFA Coaches, learning to coach & playing soccer with kids in summer camps.

The fee includes;

·      Return flights from Dublin to the US

·      A Meet and Greet at the Airport

·      Accommodation

·      Medical Insurance

·      J1 Camp Counsellor Visa

·      Police Cert

·      Soccer Kits (3 Sets)

·      Full Orientation and Training 

The organisers will also set up a US Bank Account for them and while working at the camps they will receive up to $250 a week from the Camp organisers.

Participants get the week of 4th July off and can stay on for 30 days at the end if they want to continue travelling across the US.

Not everyone will be accepted onto the programme – there is an FREE assessment that must take place first. They don’t need to be a brilliant soccer player or a college student, they need to show enthusiasm for the opportunity and the ability to work well with kids.

I think that the assessment process is a good idea – we must remember that they will be a long way from home, so the organisers would have to be sure that the applicants are suitable for the experience and I suppose there is a limit to the amount of people that they can take. Assessment days are taking place at different college venues across the country in December – full list below.

I’ve spoken to some people who took up the opportunity and they’ve had the time of their lives. They come back with great memories, more confidence, a great deal more mature than when they left and with a whole bunch of new friends from all over the World. They also get to add some new skills and work experience to their CV.

My Nephew did it a few years back - he got more than that, he fell in love with a beautiful American girl and they had their dream wedding at Trim Castle this year – he’s never been happier and we have a whole new family in the US now.

As I said it’s a different type of opportunity, but I’d definitely encourage my child to go if they liked soccer and wanted to see a little bit more of the world.

Some of the finer details;

As I said to get hired as a soccer coach you need to pass a coaching assessment. You don’t need to be a brilliant player or a college student, just show you’ve got enthusiasm to do the job and will work well with kids.


Age 18-30 - you don't need to be a student – you must be 18 years old by June 1st 2020

You must fluent in the English Language.


You don’t need any coaching badges or formal training to apply, you will be fully trained by one of our UEFA Licensed Coaches if you are accepted onto the programme.



San Diego






You pay a deposit of €49 initially.


In order to assess each applicant's suitability to become a paid coach for the Coach Soccer USA programme, each applicant must attend an assessment with a Soccer team. During this session, they will work through a number of practical coaching drills (so bring your boots and gear!) and have a bit of fun with the footballs too.

In addition to the practical demonstrations, there will also be an interview based chat about your motivations for wanting to enrol as a coach, your ambitions for what you'd like to get out of the program and your coaching and relevant educational experience to date.

If you've any questions about the assessment or the programme themselves please contact our USIT Soccer Team by emailing soccer@usit.ie or talk to Joe on (01) 6021697 


Attend the next FREE assessment day near you and get all the information;

Athlone IT - 18th November

Waterford IT - 19th November

Dublin – NUI Maynooth 20th November

Dublin – UCD 21st November

Donegal - Letterkenny IT 2nd December

Galway - NUI Galway 3rd December

Limerick - University of Limerick 4th December

Dublin - Oscar Traynor Centre 5th December




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