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Coaches Information

Jonathan Schaefer

Technical Director

Edina Soccer Association couldn't exist without the help of our hundreds of volunteer coaches. Here is where you will find ESA-created training materials and practice plans plus many other resources from other sources. We hope you will find them useful.

We encourage ESA coaches to participate in our Coach Education & On Field Training opportunities offered 2-3 times a year.  

Join the Conversation - from the Coach Kickoff 5/6/23

2023 Coach Education & Training Dates

Saturday, April 22Coach for Community Session (US Soccer Learning Center) - Registration Required!

9am – 11:30am at Champions Hall (700 Washington Ave, Eden Prairie – Edina border)Facilitator:  Jonathan Schaefer, ESA’s Technical Director

1 hour classroom and 1.5 hours of field training

Perfect for first time coaches, returning coaches that want to elevate their experience or everyone that “just loves coaching and learning”…..

The Coach For Community event is designed to provide coaching education resources for grassroots coaches and connect with community member to help increase player experiences.

 *Coach For Community is a free event but registration required. 

Saturday, May 7th:  Mandatory Coach Kickoff & Team Uniform Bag Pickup.  EPAC (Edina Performing Arts Center @ Edina High School). 9am - 11am
This event provides critical information by ESA Board of Directors to all coaches about game formats, key dates, schedules, uniforms, water cancellations and more.  After the presentation coaches can grab their team bags and start distributing uniforms to rostered players.  

Concussion Prevention

In an effort to increase concussion awareness and prevent concussion-related injuries, the state of Minnesota has recently passed a law that will require all coaches and officials of youth sports to receive initial online concussion prevention training and online training at least once every three calendar years thereafter. The required online training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. For more information please visit our Concussion Prevention page.

Edina Soccer Association requires that all volunteer coaches, instructors, supervisors and referees complete the required online concussion prevention training module. Edina Soccer Association will not permit anyone who has not completed this training to coach an ESA team.