Coaching Courses & Course Descriptions

USSF “F” Level, Youth Module, “E”, and “D” Level Licensing Courses

(Updated 3/28/2017)

Registration Instructions: to register for a coaching course, click on the link for the specific course below. You will be re-directed to the Got Soccer website. You will need your Got Soccer user name and password. If you do not have a Got Soccer user name and password, contact your club registrar and ask them to create a “coach profile” for you in the club’s Got Soccer account. Once the registrar creates a coach profile for you, you will receive an automated e-mail with your user name and password.

For more information contact:
Todd Sniper, Coaching Director
[email protected]

F License
The F License course is a 2 hour course conducted entirely on line, intended for coaches and parents of all youth players.

The USSF F License is the foundation for the USSF coaching curriculum.  The focus of this course is to share US Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity centered age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.
ELIGIBILITY – This course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.
WHAT TO EXPECT – In order to register for the course, candidates will need to sign up for a user account in the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center – a state of the art online educational platform.
Cost is $25
Click here to access the registration link for the USSF F License.


Youth Module Courses (U9 & U10 coaches)
You must take this course if you are a U9 or U10 coach prior to the E license.

In 1996, US Soccer’s coaching programs developed a National License that was designed to specifically address the needs and developmental characteristics of players at the U-6 to U-12 ages.  The ideas and methods studied in the National Youth License became the foundation of information for the state level Youth Modules.  Soccer Maine offers a Youth Module course that is a U8-U10 level certificate course.

There are no scheduled Youth Module courses at this time.

USSF E Certificate Courses
Coaches should already have taken the F & Youth Module courses

The USSF F License is now a prerequisite for the E License.  If you are coaching a U10 or younger team, you must also take the Youth Module Certificate course prior to this course.  Coaches will need to complete the webinar coaching certification prior to taking the USSF E License. The National E License is an 16-18-hour long course that targets players between U10 and U14.  The course covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares the coaching candidates for the National D License.  

Cape Elizabeth High School Gymnasium
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
February 28 through March 9, 2017
Instructor:  Todd Sniper
Tuesday, February 28th – 6pm to 10pm
Thursday, March 2nd – 6pm to 10pm
Tuesday, March 7th – 6pm to 10pm
Thursday, March 9th – 6pm to 10pm

Cost:  $100 for Soccer Maine Members, $150 for non-members (if you are not coaching for a Soccer Maine affiliated club)
Click here to Register


USSF D License Courses

The National D License is the second level in the USSF Coaching Schools and is the highest state administered course.  The course is a 36 to 40-hour (4 day) long course typically held over 2 weekends 10 weeks apart.  It is designed for the experienced coach that has already earned a National E License.  The focus of the course to improve a coaches ability to positively influence individual players, small groups and teams.  The separation between the course weekends is to allow the coaching candidates time to ‘actively practice’ the coaching methods introduced during the first weekend of the course.

There is course work that must be completed in the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center prior to the first course session.  Those assignments are as follows:
–    Laws of the Game
–    Prevention and Care/Concussion Awareness
–    Deliberate Practice (training sessions and self-reflection)

(This will be the only D license this year)

Topsham Dome (Roller Rink Space), Atwood Drive, Topsham, Maine
Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville, ME
April 8 through May 6, 2017
Instructor:  Todd Sniper
Saturday, April 8th – 9am to 5pm (Topsham)
Saturday, April 22nd – 9am to 5pm (Topsham)
Saturday, April 29th – 9am to 5pm (Thomas College turf)
Saturday, May 6th – 9am to 5pm (Thomas College turf)

Click here to register
Cost is $250 for Soccer Maine member coaches, $300 for non-members.