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U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway Entry Points and Waiver Application

(Updated January 2018)

The minimum age requirement for A, B, and C courses is 18.

The minimum age requirement for D, E, and F course is 16.

Frequently Asked Questions About the the Course Pathways


  • entry into any US Soccer Coaching course requires the completion of the online Intro Module (available on the DCC)
    • Waiver - none


  • entry to the D course requires a E license or the Grassroots in-person 11v11 license as well as any one of the following in-person Grassroots License; 4v4, 7v7, or 9v9.   In addition the candidate must also have completed one of the Grassroots online courses.
    • Waiver - none


  • entry to the C course requires a D license held for a minimum of twelve (12) months
    • Minimum pre-requisites: UEFA B License or higher (or similar) -OR-

    • Waiver - Applicant has three (3) years coaching experience, at any level, AND three-(3) years playing experience with a Senior National Team and/or three-(3) 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


  • entry to the B course requires a C license held for a minimum of twelve (12) months
    • Minimum pre-requisites: UEFA B License or higher (or similar) -OR-

    • Waiver - Applicant has five (5) years coaching experience, at any level, AND 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


  • entry to the A (Youth) course requires a B license held for a minimum of six (6) months
    • Waiver - none
  • entry to the A (Senior) course requires a B license held for a minimum of six (6) months
    • Waiver - none

For all additional inquiries and waiver applications, please contact U.S. Soccer at coaches@ussoccer.org

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