The Institute for Sport Coaching (ISC)

The Institute for Sport Coaching (ISC) is pleased to welcome Koach Karl Dewazien, a great soccer coach and educator to its team.

Koach Karl will be contributing his thoughts and insights to the ISC website (click here to see his first presentation for FREE), and will be providing educational content for coaches, parents and coach educators.  In the near future Koach Karl will also be featured at ISC Coaching Seminars across the country.

David McCann, ISC Executive Director said, “It’s great to have a coaches/coach educator of Karl’s stature as part of the ISC, beyond his soccer knowledge and coaching expertise is the incredible passion that he brings to instilling the love of soccer and sport to young people.”

For information on the Institute for Sport Coaching & a special membership discount for the D-7 soccer community, visit

District VII Coaching Policy

Approved by D7 BOD (May 2017)

In House Recreational Programs in D7: Recommended for All Coaches

Age of Players License Required
U6 – U8 Pre-F (4 V 4) (1st year coach) 

USSF F (2nd year coach)

U10 – U12 USSF F
U14 – U19 USSF E

ALL Teams in D7 Playing Program: ALL Coaches

Age of Team License Required
U9-12 USSF F, 7 v 7, 9 v 9
U13-U19 USSF E, NSCAA 11 v 11


Waiting period between courses:  There is a 6 month waiting period between courses.

  • EXCEPTION- A coach may go from the USSF F (online) to the USSF E course. This must be accomplished without delay. If a coach takes the USSF F (online) course and is NOT able to complete the USSF E coaching course; the
  • Follow directions and payment for course through coach MUST take the d and location desired.this website. All contact information for this course will be on this website.

USSF F Field session: This waiting period ensures that coaches are given an opportunity to apply what they have learned. No Waivers. Register your coaching profile on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) on US Soccer website:

  • Be sure to use log in information that you used to sign up for the USSF F Coaching course.
  • Once in your profile on the D.C.C. website; click onto the ‘Course’ tab and look for the appropriate course you need

Mike Hodges, D7 Coaching Coordinator


Stay Informed by Staying-in-Touch!

Well, all I can say is “Thank You!!” Because of the patience and shear drive of our soccer community, we were able to implement several new policies and procedures that were a big step in the growth of District-7…

At this time, I would like to remind everyone to continue getting their scores posted ASAP so that we can calculate and announce bracket winners.

The beginning of each season has its challenges and in the past we have always worked together to meet them.  So, I am totally optimistic that we can and will make things work even better in the 2017/18 season.

At this time I strongly encourage everyone to continue staying in-touch with their League which is receiving ‘new’ information on changes for the upcoming season. Changes in: Registration procedures; Team formations, etc…

I am very excited for the upcoming Fall-season as we have changes coming our way which are specifically designed to create the most pleasant atmosphere for our Membership.

Thanks again and Buckle Up it’s going to be another great ride!!

At Your Service…. Diego B. Haro..Playing League Chairman


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Stay Out of The Way!!!!!

Referees are taught that it is important to be close to play—usually about 15 yards away.

Although you want to be close to see the action, it is also very important to stay out of the way of the players, the moving ball and the passing lanes.

When referees are positioned too close to play or in the passing lanes they often end up getting hit by the ball, find themselves in the way of the players or cause players to have to reconsider an intended play.

Being too close and interfering with the path of the players or the ball leads to players becoming frustrated and can in turn undermine your game management.

Match to match, passing lanes will vary depending on the size of the field, the age and skill level of the players and weather/field conditions of the day.

Staying out of the way is accomplished by learning to read the game and that can start during the pre-game warm-ups.  Are players practicing short little passes or long crosses from the wings?  Are some players practicing some fancy dribbling and footwork in front of the goal?  Do you hear discussions about the opposing team or some of its players?

With less experienced/skilled players and teams, reading the game and staying out of the way becomes more challenging and complicated and requires the referees to frequently be on the lookout for places to go to in the event they find themselves in the way of the ball or players.

As the match progresses and you read the game so that you have an idea of what the players plan to do, prepare your escape routes to prevent being in a player’s way, getting hit by the ball, interfering with a promising attack or even worse, preventing a goal.

During a match, regardless of where you find yourself on the field, make it a practice to take a position where you have a good angle of view of the actions of the players.  That, followed by proximity to play should be your first considerations.  Keep the players and ball at a comfortable distance and between you and your lead assistant.

Pat Ferre

USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus, USSF Referee Instructor. USSF Referee Assessor, USSF Referee Assignor, District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)

Boys Youth Referee of the Year

Daniel Maldanado 

How/Why did you become a referee?  I became a referee through my coach who as well was a referee and I wanted to become one because my family has a low financial status and it seemed an easy way to make extra money but then I actually started to like being a referee

What do you enjoy the most about refereeing? The traveling involved when referring tournaments out of my city and the money!

What do you like the least about refereeing? The parents that are uneducated about the rules of soccer and even some coaches who think they know everything even though they don’t have the same angel that my AR has or even the angel I have.

What “words of wisdom/advice” would you like to share/give to: 

Experienced Referees: Please let the beginning referees experience refereeing in their own ways and learn through trial and error.

Beginning referees: Refereeing is actually fun, and not all parents and coaches are annoying and threatening, some are actually understanding of what you do,

Coaches:  Continue what you are doing but for some to be more understandable of our mistakes during the game because everyone is human and no one is perfect and we try our best to call the game as referees,

Players:  Try becoming a referee to understand and experience refereeing so that they can actually make reasonable arguments against the referees because most of them are just plain unreasonable arguments,

Parents:  Just cheer for your child, don’t go yelling at the referee because no matter what once the call is made by the referee you’re not going to win and also try understanding the pressure that is on the referee as he is refereeing the game

If you had a magic-wand what major change(s) would you make in youth soccer?  Make everyone’s understanding of the game unbiased and for everyone to learn the Laws of the Game and truly understand the art of refereeing.


Rules to Regard… 

Rule #5: Silence Can Be Deadly.
The usual response to your sideline comments is a tug on your shirt from your spouse, a glare, rolling of eyes by your neighbors, and a silent promise by your child to change their name and become an orphan. However, there are those times when your comments result in a sudden pall of silence and you’re becoming the center of attention from the sidelines and the field. Sort of like in 4th grade when you fell asleep in class and made a funny sound when you startled awake. This means you have “Crossed The Line” from being an obnoxious parent/fan to another status entirely – such as the “Unknown Brother” at a U-16 Regional’s game making anatomically uncomfortable suggestions about where a referee’s unblown whistle should reside. When silence falls and you are the focus of everyone’s attention it may be time to announce that you are overdue at the hospital to perform a lifesaving operation and to slink away at top speed.

Written by:  Tom Strock, President, Jackson Fury Soccer Club

Submitted by Michael Cash, Owner, Farpost Soccer Company


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Letter to the Editor

The May Komments’ theme is nicely focused on both player skills and personal/character development.  Coaches & Referees are usually absorbed in both of those items… I recall days of my youth, in Little League and Pony League, where it was clearly spoken by Coaches that our player and personal development were their top priority….This was spoken to our parents as well….

As a Coach, Referee and Referee Instructor, I hold these two development goals in high regard 24/7…

I wish you continued best success in what you do….


Tommy O’Brien