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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) 528-1219 or coaches@ussoccer.org.

What are the prerequisites for the National "A", "B", "C" and Youth Licenses?

The following are the prerequisites for the National "A", "B", "C" and Youth Licenses:

  • "A" License: Candidates must be 21 years old and have earned a National "B" License (held for minimum of 12 months) and meets 3.2 Rule requirement
  • "B" License: Candidates must be 19 years old and have earned a National "C" License (held for minimum of 12 months) or have received the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (held for minimum of 12 months)
  • "C" License: Candidates must be 18 years old and have earned a National "D" License held for a minimum of 12 months or have received the NSCAA National Diploma (held for minimum of 12 months)
  • Youth License: Candidates must be 18 years old and hold "D" License or have the approval of the State Director of Coaching to attend

Can I be waived into the "C" or "B" License with professional playing experience?

Applicants with three (3) years of coaching experience (any level) AND three (3) years playing experience with a Senior National Team or three (3) years of FIFA recognized "1st Division" professional playing experience may be waived into the National "C" License. Applicants with five (5) years coaching experience (any level) AND five (5) years playing experience with a Senior National Team or five (5) years of FIFA recognized "1st Division" professional playing experience may be waived into the National "B" License. Documentation of both professional playing experience and coaching experience is required.

What type of documentation do I need to apply for a coaching license waiver for the National "B" or "C" License?

If applying as a professional player, applicant must fill out the USSF Professional Player Waiver Application (.pdf) and submit proof of professional playing and coaching experience. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at 312-528-1219 or coaches@ussoccer.org with any questions.

Where can I find an application for the National Coaching Schools?

Please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org or 312-528-1219.

Do I need to be in 'shape' for the Coaching Schools?

We strongly recommend that you be in 'good' physical condition to meet the physical demands of the courses.

Where would I find State Hosted National "C" and Youth License schedules?

Please click link here for a current listing of State Hosted National "C" and Youth License courses or contact the Coaching Department at 312-528-1219 or coaches@ussoccer.org.

Who is eligible to enroll in a "C" License retest?

Candidates who received a "Not Ready" grade from a previously attended 2006 "C" License Course.

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 retest.

How many times may I retest a "C" License?

There are no limitations placed on the amount of times a coach may retest, however there is a waiting period of six months between each retest attempt.

How much does the retest cost?

There is a $150 course fee. Each candidate is also responsible for their own travel, food and lodging costs, if necessary.

Where would I find National "D" License schedules?

This course is taught by the local State Youth Soccer Associations. Contact your state office and speak with the Director of Coaching for a schedule of courses.

Do I have to renew my USSF National "B" License?

No. The "B" and "C" Licenses are non-expiring.

How many Continuing Education credits do I need to keep my National "A" License current?

All coaches currently holding an "A" License must accumulate eight (8) CE credits within every four-year cycle in order to maintain the status of their "A" License.

What qualifies for the Continuing Education Program?

U.S. Soccer recognizes or conducts the following activities or events where CE credits can be obtained. Credit amounts will vary pending duration and/or level of programming.

  • Attendance at a regional coaching or player development workshop or in-service program (2-4 credits)
  • Attendance at a U.S. Soccer coaching symposium (2-4 credits)
  • Attendance at a U.S. Soccer National Coaching School to audit the "A" License course (8 credits)
  • Completion of the U.S. Soccer Goalkeeping License course (8 credits)
  • Completion of the U.S. Soccer Fitness Level 1 course (8 credits)
  • Successfully complete the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier course (8 credits)
  • Successful completion of the U.S. Soccer Youth License course (8 credits) (effective as of January 7, 2007)

U.S. Soccer may conduct other activities or events that will provide additional opportunities to earn CE credits. These activities or events will be publicized via the U.S. Soccer website at ussoccer.com. All activities and events are open to coaches of all levels.

How do I update my USSF "A" License if it expires?

Coaches with expired "A" Licenses must re-take the "A" License courses and pass the examinations in order to be awarded the "A" License.

How can I find out where coaching symposiums are being held that qualify for the Continuing Education Program?

These activities or events are posted in the Continuing Education section of ussoccer.com.

How can I get an extension on my "A" License?

Please send a letter to the Director of Coaching Programs with detailed explanation of extension request. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How can I replace my "A", B", "C" or Youth License certificate?

Complete the USSF Replacement License Order Form (.doc) and submit it to U.S. Soccer. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your request to be processed. Feel free to contact the Coaching Department at 312-528-1219 or coaches@ussoccer.org with any questions.

How can I replace my "D" or "E" Coaching License?

The State Youth Soccer Associations administer all "D" and "E" Coaching Licenses. Please contact the State Youth Soccer Association office where you took your license.

How can I replace my "A", "B", "C" or Youth License manual?

Please be advised that you must have attended the corresponding license of the manual(s) you are requesting to replace. Complete the USSF Replacement Manual Order Form (.pdf) and submit it to U.S. Soccer. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your request to be processed. Feel free to contact the Coaching Department at 312-528-1219 or coaches@ussoccer.org with any questions.

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