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U.S. Soccer Coaching License Courses

U.S. Soccer Federation “C,” “D” and grassroots coaching licenses courses may be hosted by US Club Soccer members, signifying a major step forward in US Club Soccer’s ability to directly impact coaching development and education for members. The hosting ability was granted after a policy ratification at U.S. Soccer’s 2015 Annual General Meeting.

“Better coaches in turn help make better players,” US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne said. “We encourage all our member coaches to strive to become better every day, and achieving advanced coaching licenses will no doubt help them accomplish that. Their clubs and players will directly benefit.”

Through the Players First pillar of Coaching Development, US Club Soccer is committed to providing opportunities for coaches to continue their education. In addition to hosting U.S. Soccer “C,” “D” and grassroots coaching licenses courses, US Club Soccer has introduced LaLiga Formation Methodology through its technical partnership with LaLiga.


Coaching License Pathway:

Archived Facebook Live (July 2020): "U.S. Soccer Grassroots Education and 'Return to Educate' with Zac Crawford"

U.S. Soccer is committed to providing all coaches, from beginner to advanced, with education tailored to their experiences and the needs of their players. The Coaching License Pathway consists of a series of courses designed to meet the specific needs of a coach at every step of the way.

U.S. Soccer believes education is a journey, and our goal is to provide the necessary tools, guidance and mentorship a coach requires.

  1. All coaches start their coaching journey with the free, 20-minute Introduction to Grassroots Coaching online course.
  2. Once the intro is completed, coaches can begin any of the grassroots course modules, online or in-person.
  3. To be eligible to attend the "D" course, coaches need at least two grassroots in-person courses, one of which must be the 11v11, and an online license.
  4. After the "D" course, coaches need a year of experience to take the "C" course. From there, entry to the pro pathway requires an application to each course and more robust pre-requisites.

If your club or organization is interested in hosting a U.S. Soccer grassroots coaching education course, please complete the application (linked below) and send to US Club Soccer operations manager Ashley Lehr at alehr@usclubsoccer.org.


Upcoming Courses:

Click on the links below to find all Grassroots In-Person courses on U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center. Search for US Club Soccer hosted courses by clicking on host and selecting US Club Soccer. Please note that in order to be eligible to register for any grassroots course, all candidates must complete the free, 20-minute Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module.

U.S. Soccer will now be offering grassroots courses in the following formats:

  • 4v4 | Virtual/Blended/Traditional
  • 7v7 | Virtual/Blended/Traditional
  • 9v9 | Virtual/Blended/Traditional
  • 11v11 | Virtual/Blended/Traditional

Traditional courses are currently available and mirror the usual grassroots in-person course structure. Coaches who take this course can expect two (2) hours of classroom-based learning with the facilitation of a licensed instructor, followed by two (2) hours of on-field coaching/observation. Coaches must attend both components (classroom & field) of this specific course.

Blended courses will include a virtual and an in-person portion of the course. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to a web-camera/live video capabilities.  Coaches may be asked to participate in the field component as either coaches or players.

Virtual courses will be available starting Fall 2020. Coaches who take this completely virtual course will be guided by a licensed instructor through four (4) hours total of education.  Coaches can expect two (2) hours of virtual interaction to discuss the Six Tasks, Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, and Play-Practice-Play Methodology followed by two (2) hours of video analysis (guided by the instructor) of demonstrations of on-field coaching for this specific age group.

  • D course | Blended/Traditional

The D course is currently being offered as Traditional or Blended. 

The Blended National D license is a 40- to 45-hour course, that begins in late 2020 with an online experience and ends with a one-day on-field component in early 2021. The course is designed for the grassroots coach working with youth players U6 to U13 in a participation driven environment and focuses on all four game models as outlined in the Player Development Initiatives (4v4 / 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11). Coaches who register for this course can expect weekly learning opportunities that will feature a mixture of independent learning using online modules and live virtual meetings led by a licensed U.S. Soccer Instructor. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to the internet and a web-camera/live video capabilities.  The virtual meetings will take place agreed upon days and times. Coaches may be asked to participate in the field component as either coaches or players.

The Traditional National D license is a 40- to 45-hour course, held over two meetings with a development period of at least at six (6) weeks between the meetings.  The course is designed for the grassroots coach working with youth players U6 to U13 in a participation driven environment and focuses on all four game models as outlined in the Player Development Initiatives (4v4 / 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11).

To date, US Club Soccer and its members have hosted more than 185 grassroots courses.


February 2020 - WYSL, Asphalt Green D Course

February 2020 - Arkansas Premier Clubs D Course

February 2020 - Arkansas Premier Clubs D Course


U.S. Soccer grassroots course instructors:

U.S. Soccer currently has more than 500 licensed grassroots instructors.

  • Multiple "Grassroots Instructor Licenses" are held annually to continue to increase the number of licensed instructors nationwide.

US Club Soccer is able to nominate a certain amount of instructors to each of the U.S. Soccer Instructor Licenses.



December 2019 - WYSL D Course


July 2020 - WYSL D Course


CONTACT:

For questions, please contact US Club Soccer operations manager Ashley Lehr at alehr@usclubsoccer.org.