Where Should I Begin?

License Course Recommendations for Clubs and Coaches:

U.S. SOCCER 

All coaches must begin at the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching License or meet the following waiver requirements:

U.S. Soccer Entry Points and Waiver Requirements

UNITED SOCCER COACHES

Coaches with little or no experience may begin their educational journey by beginning with the 4v4, 7v7/9v9 or 11v11 diplomas. Coaches with significant playing experience and/or coaching experience may begin with the National Diploma.

4v4

  • This course is designed for coaches with players ages 8 and under. The curriculum is packed with age-appropriate training activities around a 4v4 game structure.
  • Time Commitment: Up to 3 hours in person plus additional online course content
  • Testing: No
  • Prerequisites: None

7v7/9v9

  • This combined course for the next level of coaching is a nine hour in-person course focused on the 9-12 year old player. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.
  • Time Commitment: Up to 6 hours in person plus additional online course content.
  • Testing: No
  • Prerequisites: None

11v11/pre-National

  • Moving up the continuum of age levels to the 13 and above player, this Diploma is designed for an intermediate coach. It is focused on the 11v11 game with topics including the modern numbering system, formations and systems of play, player competencies and defensive and offensive tactics.
  • Time Commitment: Up to 6 hours in person plus additional online course content.
  • Testing: No
  • Prerequisites: None