USSF National "F" License
The "F" license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The National "F" License must be completed prior to registration in a USSF "E" License course. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer's best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players. The "F" license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age. To learn more about the National "F" license or to register online, please visit the USSF Coaching Education webpage. Cost of this course is $25.00.
USSF “E” License
The “E” License is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the “D” license course. The “E” license course utilizes a curriculum designed to develop core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete. The “E” license introduces the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of U.S. Soccer’s Long Term Athlete Development Model. Candidates are required to complete a series of pre-course assignments, including the F License, in advance of attending the course. For information about the pre-course requirements, please click HERE. The USSF “E” License is offered at the State Level. Cost for this course is $150.00.
USSF “D” License
The “D” License is a 36-40 hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National “E” License. The focus on this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams. The “E” license course utilizes a curriculum designed to develop core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete. The “D” license introduces the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of US Soccer’s Athlete Development Model. Candidates are required to complete four phases of the course: (1) the Preparation Phase, (2) the Instructional Phase, (3) the Deliberate Practice Phase, and (4) the Performance Review Phase. There are a number of course assignments to be completed prior to and throughout the duration of the course. The USSF “D” License is offered at the State Level. Cost for this course is $225.00.
USSF “C” License
The National “C” License course is a nine-day course designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 15-18. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves. A primary emphasis in the National “C” License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. In this course, technique and tactics will be addressed together. Three (3) General Goals of the National "C" License Course:
- To prepare coaches to better recognize problems and solutions as they occur in the run of play and to communicate this information to their players,
- To create rich soccer environments that allow players to grow, and
- To provide a foundation for any coach wishing to pursue higher levels within U.S. Soccer's Coaching Education Program.
The National "C" License course will also provide a foundation in the following areas: tactics, technique, methods of coaching and issues in youth player development, some of which have been introduced in the "D" License course, and will be expanded upon in the National "B" and National "A" License courses. The USSF “C” License is offered at the National Level. For more information about scheduling and registration, please visit the USSF Coaching Education webpage.
Coaching Course Pathway (USSF):
Additional Course Descriptions:
Course / Fee
2 hour Clinic
$20 – VSA Member Coach
$30 – Non Member Coach
Coaches will receive official US YOUTH SOCCER coaching materials which include information on the art of coaching, learning through game activities, age specific games, and many other topics related to coaching youth soccer. The clinics are available for any recreation (in-town) or competitive club teams. The clinics are primarily targeted for the needs of the club.
NSCAA Level 6
This an excellent preparatory course for coaches going onto the National Diploma. One third of the course is dedicated to candidates presenting on assigned topics and enjoying feedback on their performance in both methods and content. Expanding upon the content of the Level 4 & 5 Diplomas this course includes a session on reading the game as well as coaching techniques and tactics with 4 vs. 4 and 6 vs. 6 models of play.
Additional Coaching Resources:
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