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Coaches & Referees Information

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 use available green space when possible to conduct practices. If you would like to reserve a marked field, please contact Edina Park & Recreation.

Colette Montgomery

Director of Coaching


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.


Referee Program

2020 New Referee Training Dates:

2020 Referee Program (for 11-12 year olds and 13+)

1.  ESA will be offering a NEW future referee program this season for 11- and 12-years olds.

The ESA Future Referee Program is unique to ESA, requires only a few hours of training. The goal of the program is to introduce kids to officiating at a young age and provide opportunities to referee at ESA lower level games – and get paid!  

2.  ESA Certified Referee Training Opportunities

  • For adults/kids 13+ (must be 13 by May 15, 2020) 
    • This is a supplement to the MNSRC training to help you become a successful USSF certified referee. 
    • Provides scrimmage scenarios to improve the basic skills which prepare for the test/games
    • This is a supplement - you are still required to complete the MNSRC training to officiate games

There will be a handout at the meeting and available on the website

Training Details for both programs:

-Held at Edina Community Center (Enter Door 3 - Room 170) on:

Sunday, March 8th:  2-5pm*
Sunday, March 15th:  5-7:15pm (6:15-7:15 is gym time - dress accordingly) - Cancelled
Thursday, April 2nd:  6-8pm (7-8pm is gym time - dress accordingly)
Tuesday, April 14th:  6-8pm (7-8pm is gym time - dress accordingly)

*Sunday, March 8:  We are holding an informational meeting for parents and players interested in reffing this summer at ECC.   

  • 2-4pm: Room 170 -  Parents are welcome to attend 2-3 pm to answer questions.
  • 4-5pm:  Small Gym - wear clothes comfortable to run in, no shin guards required.   

No cost to attend any sessions!