U.S. Soccer Grassroots Courses
The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module is now the first step for coaches to progress within the coaching pathway and learn about U.S. Soccer's coaching education philosophy. The new introductory module can be accessed on the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and aligns with the Federation’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of coaches at all levels. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four in-person experiences and four online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.
Five things to know about the introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
Five things to know about the Grassroots Pathway Coaching Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions
In-Person courses will be four-hour course that build on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players in the specific age group.
The two-hour, 4v4 Online Grassroots License Course is offered by U.S. Soccer through the DCC, while the In-Person courses are organized and run by North Texas Soccer.
7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 online courses will be available in the future.
Districts and Staff Instructors by locations
The following courses are available through the NTSSA Coaching Education Program.
Please visit the Scheduled Coaching Courses page for information on upcoming courses for the following licenses.
North Texas Soccer Coaching Education Program
The North Texas State Soccer Association (NTSSA) Coaching Education program includes National License courses designed by the U.S. Soccer Federation and courses designed by US Youth Soccer. The North Texas Soccer Coaching Education Program is designed for our numerous volunteers in the Coach, Assistant Coach and Team Manager categories. However, this does not exclude parents and players from taking part in the education process.
The program provides up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge so that coaches can ensure that players develop to their full potential.The program recommends license options for coaches at various levels of play. While licensing is not mandated by NTSSA, the program provides guidelines for those individuals working with our players.
Coaches of recreational teams that include players younger than 13 years old should hold a National F License.
Coaches of recreational teams that include players between the ages of 13-19 should hold a National E License.
Coaches of competitive teams should hold a National D License.
Coaches of competitive teams participating at the highest levels of play (Premier League, LHGCL, Classic League, etc.) should hold at least a National C License. Ideally, these coaches should hold a National B License.
U.S. Soccer National "D" License
The National D License course 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.
U.S. Soccer National "C" License
The National "C" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 15-18. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves.
US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching Course
The National Youth Coaching Course 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.
North Texas Soccer Coaching Resource Center
Whether you are brand new to coaching a seasoned veteran, North Texas Soccer's Coaching Resource Center provides games, drills and lesson plans for teams of all ages.