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Course Descriptions

 

"A" License  |  "B" License  |  "C" License  |  "D" License  


 

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

Read the full U.S. Soccer National "A" License course description.
 
 

 

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.

 
Price: TBD

Prerequisite: Hold National "D" License for 1 year

Read the full U.S. Soccer National "C" License course description.

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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 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 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
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.

Read the full U.S. Soccer National "D" License course description.

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