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"A" License  |  "B" License  |  "C" License  |  "D" License  |  "E" License  "F" License

Youth License  |  U6 Certificate  |  U8 Certificate  |  U10 Certificate  |  TOPSoccer Clinic


 

National "A" License

This License is not run through the state office

The National "A" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National "A" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.

Prerequisite: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have held the National "B" License for a minimum of 12 months, and meets the 3.2 rule requirement
 
 

 

National "B" License

This License is not run through the state office

The National "B" License Course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeting toward coaching players age 16 to college level. The National "B" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels and will prepare those coaches who wish to pursue the National "A" License.
 
Prerequisite: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and have held the National "C" License for 1 year.
 
 

 

National "C" License

Offered through the State office only
 
Coaches who have obtained a National "D" license may take the National "C" License course. Targeted primarily to coaches of the U11-U14 age groups, a primary emphasis in the National "C" License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. Coaches will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves. The National "C" License course also provides a foundation for any coach wishing to pursue higher levels within U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program.

You must complete the following reading previous to the course:

 
Price: TBD
Length: 68 hours


Typical Course Schedule
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Schedule repeats for a consecutive weekend
Prerequisite: Hold National "D" License for 1 year

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National "D" License

Offered through the State office only

The National "D" license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

What are the key components of the "D" License course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team. 
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.
     

What are the specific target outcomes of the "D" License course?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
  • Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
     

There are two parts to the "D" License course - Instructional and Performance.  Candidates must complete both parts.

INSTRUCTIONAL:
 

  I.  Preparation Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions. [Link]
  • Candidates are required to complete the three (3) assigned training sessions and three (3) self-reflections on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner. [Link]
  • Candidate resource session planner tutorial. [Link]
  • Candidate resource U.S. Soccer number nomenclature. [Link]
  • 2015 "D" License Grading Rubric [Link]
     

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course. 


Instructional Phase Price: $310
Instructional Phase Length: 18 hours


PERFORMANCE:
 

 III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions and three (3) self-reflections on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner over a minimum of 10 weeks.  It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
     

  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have two (2) full years following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.


Performance Phase Price: $200
Performance Phase Length: 18 hours


You must complete the following course work PRIOR to the course: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-d

 

Typical Course Schedule

First Weekend - Instructional Phase
Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*The candidate must wait a minimum of 10 weeks between the first and second weekends.

Second Weekend - Performance Phase
Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Course schedules will vary due to specific facility availability – Each specific course schedule will be emailed to each candidate prior to the course.

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National "E" License

 

The National "E" License is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the 36-hour National "D" License course.  Candidates must complete the "F" License prior to starting the "E" License course.

What will you learn in the National "E" License course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Player Development model
  • Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses
 
What are the specific target outcomes of the course?
  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Player Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9v9) adaptable to local competition structure
 

You must complete the following course work PRIOR to the course: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-e
 
Price: $160
Length: 18 Hours

Typical Course Schedule
Friday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
 


National "F" License

 

The “F” License is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. 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.  Candidates will have access to the new US Soccer Digital Coaching Platform for 1 year.  The “F” License will be available soon and become a prerequisite for the “E” License beginning June 1, 2015.

Course Fee: $25

REGISTER

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National Youth License

Offered through the State office only
 
The National Youth License is designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12. The lessons from developmental psychology are explored; and the art of teaching is explored. Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.

Course Schedule

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U6 Coaching Certificate

 

This course will educate coaches on how to develop self-awareness in U6 players, as well as presenting the types of movement-education and simple-to-perform tasks that are appropriate to their development.

You must read the following manual previous to the course:

 
 

 

U8 Coaching Certificate

 

The U8 coaching certificate is designed to provide coaches of U8 players with age-specific activities and games that maximize the development of the player's early sense of the relationship between time and space.

You must read the following manual previous to the course:

 
 

 

U10 Coaching Certificate

 

In the U10 coaching certificate, coaches learn more about the specific psychomotor, cognitive and psychosocial needs of the U10 player, and are instructed on tasks and drills that emphasize and encourage their fundamental tactics and skills.

You must read the following manual previous to the course:


All On-Site Youth Module Courses cost $27.00
All On-Site Youth Module Courses are 3 hours

 


 

TOPSoccer Coaching Clinic

 
The TOPSoccer Coaching Clinics will be three-hour coaching educational clinics throughout the state to provide our coaches and interested buddies education on the role of the coach, the importance of player development and adapting activities for various player needs’. Courses will be instructed by John Wedge, TOPSoccer Head Coach.
 
$20 per participant
 
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