Information for local coaching license courses can be found on the VYSA website:
Schedule of courses
A, B, and C Licenses
National Youth Coaching Course
VYSA License info
About the USSF “F” Certificate Course
The USSF “F” Certificate consists of three separate age-specific modules of five hours each: U6-U8, U8-U10, and U10-U12. Each module provides information on growth and development for that age group. Candidates will learn how to allow youngsters to play, learn, grow, and enjoy soccer in a non-threatening environment. Field and classroom work are involved in each module. Participation and attendance for all hours are required. Minimum enrollment is 12 coaches.
All candidates who successfully complete the course receive a USSF “F” Certificate.
About the USSF “E” Certificate Course
The USSF “E” Certificate course is an 18-hours course designed for coaches working with players U12 and older. The curriculum focuses on the development of the teen-aged player, both individually and as part of the team. The emphasis is on building the player’s technical development by applying tactical concepts in game situations. Participation and attendance for the entire course are required. Minimum enrollment is 12 coaches; maximum is 36 unless prior approval has been granted by VYSA Director of Coaching Education.
All candidates who successfully complete the course receive a USSF “E” Certificate.
About the USSF “D” License Course
The USSF “D” License course is a 36 hour course that prepares coaches working with players U12 and older by expanding their knowledge and understanding of the technical and tactical demands of the game and the developmental process necessary for players of this age. Those wishing to attend the D license course must have either 1) successfully completed an “E” course by submitting documentation of varsity-level college or professional playing or coaching experience to the VYSA State prior to registering for the course. Minimum enrollment is 16 coaches; maximum is 26 unless prior approval has been granted by VYSA Director of Coaching Education.
Candidates who pass the written and practical test receive either at State “D” or a National “D” License. A National “D” license is required for the National “C” course.
About the USSF “C” License Course
The USSF “C” License course is a eight-day course that provides a foundation in tactics, technique, and methods of coaching, along with issues in youth player development, which have been introduced in the “D” license course and will be expanded upon in the National “B” and National “A” License courses. Coaches wishing to attend a “C” Course must have help a National “D” for at least 12 months.
About the USSF “B” License Course
The National “B” License Course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeting toward coaching players age 16 to college level. The National “B” License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels and will prepare those coaches who wish to pursue the National “A” License. Coaches wishing to attend a “B” Course must have help a National “C” for at least 12 months.
About the USSF “A” License Course
The National "A" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National "A" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player. Coaches wishing to attend a “A” Course must have help a National “B” for at least 12 months.
About the National Youth License Course
The National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 year olds. Each day of the course, the focus is upon one of the traditional soccer age groups of U-6, U-8, U-10 or U-12. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions and concludes with written, oral and practical examinations.
The National Youth License course is six days in length, sometimes being held over two weekends rather than six days in a row. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.
The National Youth License is administered and instructed by U.S. Youth Soccer. For additional information on the National Youth License, please click here.
ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be 18 years old and hold a National "D" License or have the approval of the State Director of Coaching.
About the National Adult License
The purpose of the Adult License is to train amateur coaches and team administrators in current coaching methodology, team administration and player preparation for all levels of Adult soccer. These coaching and team administration seminars will provide United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) coaches and team administrators the opportunity to discuss and be exposed to relevant topics targeted for their individual teams and club needs.
Participants completing all three levels will receive U.S. Adult Coaching Licensing through the U.S. Soccer Federation.
About the National Goalkeeping Course
The U.S. Soccer National Goalkeeping License is targeted towards the more experienced team coach who has never played the goalkeeper position. The license will develop their goalkeeping knowledge at the youth, collegiate, senior, and professional levels. It will cover the principles and the components that go into developing goalkeepers and it will encourage the team coach to prepare and plan for the goalkeepers development needs not just daily but over an entire season.
Applicants must hold the following pre-requisites to apply: A foreign goalkeeping license of equivalence; to be reviewed by the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department
About the Fitness Level 1
The Fitness Level 1 License focuses on educating and training coaches in the skills and practices required to deliver a safe and effective soccer specific fitness program for teams and individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on youth soccer players.
The course will instruct coaches on how to plan and convey conditional programs to suit individuals and teams of all ages. The program also seeks to reach coaches interested in improving the fitness programs of their teams at all levels.
The U.S. Soccer Fitness Level 1 License was developed for coaches interested in specializing or simply improving their soccer fitness training knowledge.