United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Coaching Education:
Thousands of coaches have attended and successfully completed an US Soccer Federation coaching course since they were first developed in 1971. Regardless of the level of certification or license attempted, the prime objective of the coaching education program is to provide all coaches from the beginner to the most advanced with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge.

Coaching education begins at the state level with introductory 4 hour "Youth Modules", and the 18 hour "E" License courses. These courses cover elementary principles of coaching and the "E" License prepares interested coaches for the 36 hour "D" License. Successful completion of the "D" course certifies coaches with either a State or National License. Both licenses are non-expiring and are awarded following the completion of both theoretical and practical testing. Candidates wishing to attend a US Soccer National Coaching School to take the "C" License course must have earned and held a National "D" License for a minimum of 12 months. Those holding a State "D" license may upgrade their State Pass to a National Pass through an upgrade course under the direction of the State Technical Director.

If you have questions, please contact Austin Daniels, AYSA Technical Director:  aysatd@aol.com


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AYSA Youth Module(s)

The State "Youth Modules" Level I and II
"The US Soccer Youth Coaching Courses are dedicated to the children, parents, and volunteers whose participation is essential to the development of the world's game in the United States"

The mission of the National Youth License and the State Youth Modules is to provide the most current and advanced information on growth and development of the youth soccer player. The youth soccer player is defined as any child from pre-school through adolescence. The course takes the approach that the GAME WITHIN EACH CHILD is at the center of all belief, decisions, and actions taken by the child, coach, and organization. It is the ultimate goal of youth soccer development within the United States to unlock the game within the child to reach their full soccer potential.

Coaching youth players requires bringing the game to life in a child's world. The information and demonstrations will assist you with your coaching endeavors. This philosophy will allow youngsters to play, learn, grow, and enjoy soccer in a non-threatening environment. These four elements should be central to every decision and action taken by coaches and organizations devoted to youth soccer.

Youth Module: Level I (U6-U8)
3.5 Hours
  • Introduction and Orientation
  • Philosophy of Coaching and Characteristics
  • Team Management
  • Practical Field Session
  • Summary, Questions and Answers
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Youth Module: Level II (U10-12)
3.5 Hours
  • Introduction and Orientation
  • Philosophy of Coaching and Characteristics
  • Team Management
  • Practical Field Session
  • Summary, Questions and Answers
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Youth Player, Parent and Coaching Resources



E and D License
"E" License Course and "D" License Course Information       

"E" License Course
Designed as the entry-level USSF National Licence.  This course introduces the methodology of coaching and the four components of coaching soccer: Technical, Tactical, Fitness and Psychological. Field sessions concentrate on developing technique within small-sided games that also present problems for players to solve within the game. Classroom on team organization i.e., management, care and prevention, and laws of the game are also covered.
Technical sessions used coaching progression methodology and the manipulation of pressure to facilitate player development. Technical topics covered are: dribbling, passing, receiving, heading, finishing, and goal keeping.

Tactical topics introduce offensive and defensive principles. Understanding the roles of the first, second, and third attackers and defenders are explained in a classroom setting as well as in field sessions.

Practical coaching sessions are developed in groups while a chosen candidate takes the role of the coach. The coaching session is evaluated and constructive points presented in a group setting. This facilitates the learning for all coaches.

Course is 18 hour long typically done on a weekend.  THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF CANDIDATES FOR THE E LICENSE  COURSE IS 20
Candidate time will be split between classroom and field. If physically able candidate should be prepared to participate in the field sessions.
Interested candidates are required to bring soccer shoes, tennis shoes, balls, water, pencil/pen, paper, sun screen, shorts, shirts, and strong desire to learn.

Additional information regarding the USSF "E" License

Prerequisites
: None
"E" License Pre-Course Assignments & Reading :
Assignments: #1, #2, #3 found HERE
Review USSF "E" License Candidate Notebook found HERE


The "D" License course prepares coaches to further develop their player’s technical abilities and their application within the game, increases their understanding of the Principles of Play and how they are applied in the game, and expands the coaches understanding of 11 a-side soccer and the importance of developing a team system that is based on the player’s abilities. Technical sessions used coaching progression methodology and the manipulation of pressure to facilitate player development. Technical topics covered are: dribbling, passing, receiving, heading, crossing, finishing, and goal keeping.

Tactical topics include possession, along with offensive and defensive sessions. Understanding Principles of Play and relating to systems are discussed in a classroom setting as well as in field sessions.

Practice practical coaching sessions on technical and tactical topics are developed individually. An assessment of the session is provided to each candidate individually by the instructor. Final practice coaching sessions are assigned to each candidate. These are assessed by the instructor to determine if coaching methodologies have been displayed satisfactorily by each candidate.

Practical coaching assessment along with results from written tests on tactics and methods are used to determine if the candidate has achieved a satisfactory coaching level to earn a National D coaching license.

Course is 36 hour long typically done over two (2) weekends. THE MINIMUM NUMBER FOR THE D LICENSE IS 16 CANDIDATES

Candidate time will be split between classroom and field. If physically able candidate should be prepared to participate in the field sessions.
Interested candidates are required to bring soccer shoes, tennis shoes, balls, water, pencil/pen, paper, sun screen, shorts, shirts, and strong desire to learn.

Prerequisites: Candidates must hold "E" License
"D" License Pre-Course Reading :
 

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