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 following will be explored throughout the course:
- The role of the coach as a facilitator
- The physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players from 4-12
- Lessons from developmental psychology
- The art of teaching
Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.
What is required to earn a National Youth License?
In order to earn the National Youth License, candidates must:
1. Attend all field and classroom sessions
2. Submit Care and Prevention / Risk Management tests (group work)
3. Make presentations on Team/Risk Management (group work)
4. Complete a Practice Coaching session (1 to 3 practice opportunities per candidate). Candidates are videotaped during this session. The sessions are then reviewed each evening by the instructor and by fellow candidates.
5. Complete a Candidate's Philosophy of Coaching (take home)
6. Complete a Practical Coaching Session (formal evaluation by the instructional staff)
7. Complete a take home examination on Coaching Methods.
What should I expect from the course in terms of classroom or field participation?
Each day features classroom lecture and discussion sessions and field sessions. Candidates are strongly urged to physically prepare for the course. There are no physical tests, but participation is enjoyable and a valuable way to learn through experience.
Are there any prerequisites required for the National Youth License?
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold a National "D" License, or have the approval of the State Director of Coaching. A copy of the candidates "D" License must accompany the application.
How much does the National Youth License cost?
The course tuition is $600. This fee does not include room and board for those traveling from outside of commuting range. The hosting State Association sets the final course fee.
What is included in the course fee?
The course fee includes course administration, staff costs, materials, a 1-year membership to the U.S. Soccer CoachesNet, a 1-year membership to US Youth Soccer Coaches Connection
and a U.S. Soccer National Coaching School T-shirt.
How many people can register for the course?
The maximum enrollment is 36 candidates.
How can I register for the National Youth License?
Interested candidates can register by completing and submitting the course application form here
along with a non-refundable $100 deposit. A copy of the candidates "D" License and a recent 1"x2" photograph must accompany the application.
Where will the classroom and field sessions be held?
Check the calendar
for a course near you.
Where would I stay in the local area?
What do I need to bring to the course check-in?
Candidates should bring any remaining payment, their Laws of the Game take-home exam, and their USSF Coaching School Coach Health Report.
Candidates need to come prepared to participate in the field sessions as well as the classroom sessions. Please bring proper soccer attire.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the National Youth License?
National Youth License candidates are responsible for reading the materials listed below prior to attending the course. Candidates should also print out and complete the Laws of the Game Exam (provided following registration) and bring it to the course. The following materials can be found in the "Coaches" section of the US Youth Soccer website. For directions:
2. A dropdown menu will appear under "Coaches" in the top menu
3. Click on "National Youth License"
4. Choose the "Required Reading" link
5. There you will find links and downloads for the following:
Laws of the Game
*Official Laws-FIFA and Modified Laws for U-6/U-8/U-10/U-12.
*Laws of the Game exam
*Suggested Items for a First Aid Kit
*Players Bill of Rights
*Some Thoughts on Warming Up
*Team Management Ideas
*The Team Manager
*Integrating Novice Players
*Role Models for Life
*Code of Conduct
Prevention and Care of Injuries
*Soccer Injuries: Prevention and Care
What if I have questions regarding the National Youth License?
For a schedule of future National Youth License courses click here
For more information about the National Youth License from U.S. Soccer click here