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Coaching License Pathway

All coaches begin their coaching pathway with a free 20- minute online webinar, ‘Introduction of Grassroots’. Coaches can take this free webinar through the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC) at dcc.ussoccer.com.

After completing the ‘Introduction to Grassroots’ module, coaches will be eligible to take any of the four Grassroots Pathway courses; 4v.4, 7v.7, 9v.9 and 11v.11.

The licenses can be taken in any order and the course can be completed either in person or online. Once you complete a Grassroots course, you will receive the US Soccer Grassroots Coaching License for that level.

U.S. Soccer, in collaboration with its member organizations, will begin conducting four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated USSF D License Course.

Soccer Maine has mandated that Premier and Travel team coaches must have the appropriate In-Person Grassroots License for the age group they are coaching.

Coaching License Requirements
U-9,10 – USSF 7v7 In-Person Grassroots License
U-11,12 – USSF 9v9 In-Person Grassroots License
U-13,14 – USSF 11v11 In-Person Grassroots License
U-15 – USSF D License

Each of these educational opportunities will be hosted by U.S. Soccer member organizations (Soccer Maine) and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.

Spanning 4-hours in length, each in-person Grassroots Course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach among other topics.

The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the Grassroots Courses, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their player and the environment in which they interact.

 

The new player-centered environment is based on the Play-Practice-Play format to create an easy to manage training environment. Meanwhile, USSF has written hundreds of Play-Practice-Play training sessions and made them available through the DCC. Each session will be designed to address a specific player quality and action. In short, the new format will allow coaches to focus their time and energy to guiding players through game-like activities, instead of creating training sessions.

Interested coaches may begin with any in-person grassroots course of their choosing following the completion of the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module, which is offered in U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center.

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“Grassroots is where soccer begins. These early experiences spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help build those positive experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education, Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”
Together with U.S. Soccer, member organizations are committed to improving the experience and level of youth players through empowering coaches with low-barrier, easily accessible education.

 

COURSE SEQUENCE, REQUIREMENT AND KEY POINTS

  • Begin with the ‘Introduction to Grassroots’ Module
    – Coaches start by creating a free profile on the USSF DCC and then take the free online 20-minute webinar course.
  • Grassroots License Options
    – Coaches can choose to take any of the Grassroots licenses. The licenses can be taken in any order depending on your entry point into coaching. The course can be completed either in person or online.
  • Online Grassroots Licenses
    – An online version of a Grassroots license takes approximately 3+ hours to complete. US Soccer charges $25 to take the online license through the DCC. The $25 fee allows you to access the DCC for online drills and coaching tips for the year.
  • In-person Grassroots Licenses
    – An in-person version of the Grassroots licenses is a 4-hour course. The first 2-hours are classroom work and the final 2-hours are spent on the field working with youth players. The cost of a single in-person Grassroots License is $?.
  • USSF D License Course Requirements
    Coaches must complete three (3) Grassroots licenses, with two (2) of the Grassroots licenses being completed in-person and one (1) of the in-person courses must be the Grassroots 11v.11 License.
    – The National D license is a 40 to 45-hour course, held over two weekends, at minimum 4 weeks apart, designed for the grassroots coach who meets the prerequisites outlined below. The focus of this course is to facilitate the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with a particular emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions. Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend both meetings.

Grandfathered Courses

  • USSF Youth Module
    – Coaches who have earned the 4 hour USSF Youth Module can count the Youth Module as one (1) online Grassroots course when qualifying for the USSF D License. However, coaches will still need to take the free online ‘Introductions to Grassroots’ webinar in preparation for the USSF D License.
  • USSF F License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF F License can count the F License as one (1) online Grassroots course when qualifying for the USSF D License. However, coaches will still need to take the free online ‘Introductions to Grassroots’ webinar in preparation for the USSF D License.
  • USSF E License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF National E License will qualify for the USSF National D
    –  License after taking the free online ‘Introduction to Grassroots’ webinar.
  • USSF D License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF National D License qualify for the USSF National C License.
    – NOTE: Coaches who have earned a USSF State D License will have to retest prior to the USSF C License.