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Coaches Education

Grass Roots

The Grassroots courses focus on U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players in that specific game model (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).

ELIGIBILITY

All you need to get started with our Grassroots courses is a profile on our Digital Coaching Center.

Once you create a profile, you can begin watching our Introduction to Grassroots Module immediately. Once that’s done, you’ll be eligible to take our online Grassroots courses and sign up for our in-person Grassroots courses. 

To progress to the USSF D license, you need to watch our Introduction to Grassroots Module, complete one of the four online courses, and complete two of the four in-person courses (one must be 11v11).

COURSE STRUCTURE
  • Online courses are $25 and will take about 2 hours to complete.
  • In-person courses are 4 hours long and the prices are set by the members.

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National D

The D Course facilitates the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with an emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to register for the U.S. Soccer D course, all candidates must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Introduction to Grassroots Module
  • Two in-person Grassroots courses (one must be 11v11 and the other one can be 9v9, 7v7, or 4v4)
  • One online Grassroots course across any of the four levels (11v11, 9v9, 7v7, 4v4)

OR, if you previously earned a USSF F, USSF E, or both:

  • USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module + 11v11 Grassroots in-person course + one other Grassroots in-person course of your choice
  • USSF E + Introduction to Grassroots Module
  • USSF E + USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • Course Meeting 1
    Three days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 1
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 2
    Two days onsite with full group

PRICE

Pricing is determined at the time the course is offered.

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National C

The C Course focuses on the core concepts of coaching.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to register for the U.S. Soccer C course, all candidates must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have held a U.S. Soccer D license for at least 12 months
  • -OR- meet the waiver guidelines
  • Currently coaching

Interested candidates who wish to apply based on a waiver must submit an application directly to the hosting organization.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The C course consists of two course meetings separated by a development period. The total course duration is approximately 2-3 months.

  • Course Meeting 1
    Five days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 1
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 2
    Five days onsite with full group

PRICE

Set by the members, but usually ranges between $1,000-$2,000.

TASKS OF THE COACH

  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Coaching Games
  • Leading Players
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing a Performance Environment
  • Leadership

WAIVER GUIDELINES

Applicants who hold certain foreign licenses or have a minimum amount of professional playing experience may be considered eligible without holding the U.S. Soccer D License.

  • Certain foreign licenses (subject to review by U.S. Soccer)

-OR-

  • Applicant has two-(2) years playing experience with a Senior National Team and/or two-(2) years playing experience on a FIFA recognized “1st Division” outdoor professional team. This information must be reflected on the coach’s DCC profile. Official proof of playing and coaching experience must be provided via letter head from the affiliated clubs, leagues, or organization.

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National B

The B Course focuses on the principles of long-term player development and developing a team.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be considered for the U.S. Soccer B course, all applicants must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have held a U.S. Soccer C license for at least 12 months
  • -OR- meet the waiver guidelines
  • Have 3 or more years of coaching experience (any level)
  • Currently coaching
  • Currently working in appropriate soccer environment for the course content
  • -OR- have the opportunity to work with a team of the appropriate level for the course content in order to complete the assignments (internship, etc.)

The B Course requires a comprehensive application from all interested candidates. The application must be submitted through the Digital Coaching Center.

ENVIRONMENT

For the U.S. Soccer B course, candidates will be expected to complete their assignments while working with a team playing the 11v11 game.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The B course consists of three course meetings separated by two development periods. The total course duration is approximately 4-5 months.

  • Course Meeting 1
    Five days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 1
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 2
    Five days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 2
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 3
    Five days onsite with the full group

PRICE:

$3,000

TASKS OF THE COACH

  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Coaching Games
  • Leading Players
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing a Performance Environment
  • Leadership

WAIVER GUIDELINES

Applicants who hold certain foreign licenses or have a minimum amount of professional playing experience may be considered eligible without holding the U.S. Soccer C License.
Minimum pre-requisites:

  • UEFA B License or higher (or similar)

-OR-

  • Applicant has five-(5) years playing experience with a Senior National Team and/or five-(5) years playing experience on a FIFA recognized “1st Division” professional team. Official proof of playing and coaching experience must be provided via letterhead from the affiliated clubs, leagues, or organizations.

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A Youth Course

The A – Youth Course focuses on the development of elite youth players as a part of the pathway to becoming a professional player.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be considered for the U.S. Soccer A – Youth course, all applicants must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have held a U.S. Soccer B license for at least 6 months
  • Have 4 or more years of coaching experience (any level)
  • Currently coaching
  • Currently working in appropriate soccer environment for the course content
  • -OR- have the opportunity to work with a team of the appropriate level for the course content in order to complete the assignments (internship, etc.)

The A – Youth Course requires a comprehensive application from all interested candidates. The application must be submitted through the Digital Coaching Center.

ENVIRONMENT

For the U.S. Soccer A – Youth course, candidates will be expected to complete their assignments while working with a team of elite youth players in a high-performance environment.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The A – Youth course consists of four course meetings separated by three development periods. The total course duration is approximately 5-6 months. The final assessment will be conducted in each candidate’s home environment.

  • Course Meeting 1 
    Five days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 1 
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 2 
    Five days onsite with full group
  • Development Period 2 
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Course Meeting 3 
    Five days onsite with the full group
  • Development Period 3 
    6-8 weeks in home environment with assignments and mentoring
  • Assessment Meeting 
    Individual assessment in candidate’s home environment

PRICE

$4,000

TASKS OF THE COACH

  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Coaching Games
  • Leading Players
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing a Performance Environment
  • Leadership
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