US Soccer Coaching Education Pathway
Coaching Education is the most important avenue to improve soccer throughout Colorado and the nation. Whether you coach beginners or the state’s elite, you should make a commitment to coaching education for personal development.
Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) serves as an administrator for the US Soccer E and D License Courses within the state. The following is intended to familiarize you with the US Soccer Coaching Pathway and the educational opportunities available to you, and how it can help you grow as a coach.
US Soccer has made considerable changes to the coaching education curriculum over the past several years. These changes have been backed up by considerable financial and staff commitments.
Current US Soccer Coaching Pathway
The first step of the pathway begins with an online course administered by CSA at the state level:
The Initial Step – National “F” License
The F License, it is the starting point for the US Soccer Coaching Pathway.
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 US Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.
The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Taking the Course:
• In order to register for the course, candidates will first be required to sign up for a user account in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center- a state of the art online educational platform
• The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. However, candidates can stop, rewind, or restart the webinars as often as needed
• After registering for the course, candidates are granted access to the course content for 12 months. The course may be successfully completed at any time during this period
Following each webinar, candidates are required to complete a series of multiple-choice questions. To successfully complete each webinar, all checks for understanding must be answered correctly. To maximize comprehension and facilitate learning, candidates will have multiple attempts to correctly answer all questions.
The National “E” Course
The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.
The National “E” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact the Colorado Soccer Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.
The “E” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “F” license (Feb. 2015) and who are 16 years of age.
What are the key components of the "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 US Soccer's Long Term Athlete 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 Athlete 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).
The National D License Course
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.
The National “D” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.
Please contact CSA for more information on these courses and course schedules.
The “D” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “E” license for a minimum of 6-months and who are 16 years of age.
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 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.
The National “E” and “D” Coaching Licenses will soon be offered by enrolling thru the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC), which is one of the major upgrades to the US Coaching Education Department.
Currently, you sign up by going to the CSA website. However, this will change in the next couple of months and you will register on the DCC.
Once that occurs course prices will be increased by $25 from the current course prices. That increase will allow you access to the DCC for a year which is worth the cost because of the resources that it offers.
The following are the current fee structure for the three courses described above:
“F” License - $25 and you register online.
“E” License - $100 for CSA members and $150 for non-members, course schedules and registration
“D” License - $200 for CSA members and $250 for non-members, course schedules and registration