Frequently Asked Questions
The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department routinely fields queries regarding programs and services that we offer. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers from the Coaching Department. For other questions or more information on coaching programs and services, please contact U.S. Soccer's Coaching Department at (312) 808-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the prerequisites for each license level?
The following are the prerequisites for each course:
- “A” License: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have held the “B” License for a minimum of 12 months.
- “B” License: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have held the “C” License for a minimum of 12 months.
- “C” License: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have held the “D” License for a minimum of 12 months.
- “D” License: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have held the “E” License for a minimum of 6 months.
- “E” License: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and hold the “F” license.
- “F” License: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
- “GK” License: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and hold a “B” License.
What license level should I begin with?
As of June 1, 2015, interested coaches must earn a U.S. Soccer F license prior to take a U.S. Soccer E license.
If I don’t meet a prerequisite, can I be granted an exception to attend a more advanced course?
It is recommended that candidates begin at the foundation of our coaching pathway, the F license, to familiarize themselves with U.S. Soccer practices and methodology. However, U.S. Soccer permits certain applicants, based on their previous experience, the right to bypass certain license levels under the U.S. Soccer licensing structure. More details will be announced in early 2016 concerning how to apply for a course if you do not hold the prerequisite U.S. Soccer coaching license.
What is an A, B or C Performance Center?
Candidates who receive a score of “Provisional Status” at the end of a course are eligible to apply for a Performance Center (at the same license level) after a development period of six months in order to earn their license. Click here for a full explanation of the grading policy.
How much do the courses cost?
Course fees are always subject to change based on a variety of factors. Course fees will be listed under each individual course once it has been announced.
When do I have to pay?
The total course payment is required at the time of registration.
I’m not currently coaching a team. Can I still apply for a course?
Applicants who are not currently coaching are encouraged to gain experience with the appropriate age group prior to starting the registration process. For more information, please click here. Additionally, pre-course assignments for all A, B, C and GK courses include deliberate practice sessions that will require the participation of a full team of players.
What pre-course work is required?
Each license level has different pre-course assignments. A full description of the assignments is available on the page corresponding to that license level. Links to each page are available here.
Is the pre-course work mandatory? What if I submit it late?
All pre-course assignments are mandatory. Late submissions will receive instructor feedback, but will be graded with a zero point value. Candidates are encouraged to submit their work on time, as they will receive critical feedback that may improve their performance in the remaining elements of the course. All missing or incomplete components of any assignment will be graded with zero point value for that specific component. The remaining components will be graded based on the quality and accuracy of the content.
Do I need to be in 'shape' for the National Coaching Schools?
The physical and mental demands of the courses are great. Candidates are encouraged to participate in the sessions in order to maximize learning. Therefore, attention should be given by each candidate to arrive at any course in good physical condition.
What do I need to bring with me to the course?
Beyond your personal needs, all candidates must provide their own training apparel and footwear, and basic classroom items such as a notepad and writing implements. Field equipment such as soccer balls, cones and training bibs will provided by U.S. Soccer.
Will I need a computer?
Most pre-course assignments, and some content during courses, must be accessed, edited, and submitted online. It is highly recommended that all candidates bring a computer with them to any A, B, C, or GK course. For more information, please see our technology recommendations here.
Where can I find an application for the National Coaching Schools?
Registration dates and FAQs for upcoming courses are available here.
I don’t see any "D" or “E” License courses listed. When and where can I take one of those courses?
The “D” and “E” courses are only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules. Click here for a list of State Association websites.
What if I received a “3.2 Pass” grade from a “B” License course prior to January of 2015?
Candidates who received a “3.2 Pass” grade from a “B” License course prior to January of 2015 must meet the 3.2 rule requirement in order to be eligible for a “A” License course. Click here for details.
What if I received a "Fail" grade from "C" License Course prior to January of 2006?
Candidates who received a "Fail" grade from a "C" License Course prior to January 2006 must retake the entire 9-day course and are not eligible to apply for a “C” Performance Center.
How many times may I attend a Performance Center?
There are no limitations placed on the amount of times a coach may attend a Performance Center. However, there is a minimum six month development period between each attempt, and a maximum of two years from the end date of the original course. If a period of two years elapses after the original course, the candidate must retake the entire course. Click here for a full explanation of the grading policy.
Do I have to renew my license?
The B, C, D, E, F and GK Licenses are non-expiring. All coaches holding an “A” License must participate in the U.S. Soccer Continuing Education Program to maintain the status of their “A” License. Click here for details.
How do I update my "A" License if it expires?
Coaches with expired "A" Licenses will be considered “B” License holders, and must re-take a normal 9-day “A” License course and pass the examinations in order to renew their “A” license.
How can I get an extension on my "A" License expiration date?
Requests for extensions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Coaching Department at (312) 808-1300 or email@example.com with any questions.
How can I replace my A, B, C, GK or National Youth License certificate or card?
U.S. Soccer has introduced the Digital Coaching Center (DCC), a state-of-the art online educational platform. All coaches can sign-up for a free account to create a personal profile with their playing and coaching history, and much more. Coaches can also access their U.S. Soccer license information and print their certificates, once their licenses are verified. Click here to access the DCC.
How can I replace my D or E License certificate?
Records of “D” and “E” courses are held by State Soccer Associations. Please contact your State Association for information on replacing your license. Click here for a list of State Association websites.