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The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.

The National “E” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.


The “E” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “F” license (Feb. 2015) and who are 16 years of age.

What are the key components of the "E" license course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team.
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of U.S. Soccer's Long Term Athlete Development Model.
  • Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.

What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development.
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session.
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game.
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).

“E” License Candidate Guidebooks

  • Download - “E” License Candidate Guidebook - English
  • 2015 “E” License Candidate Guidebook (Spanish Version) – Not available at this time
  • Download - “E” License Goalkeeping Guidebook - English
  • 2015 “E” License Goalkeeping Guidebook (Spanish Version) – Not available at this time
*The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.

Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments.

Candidates must complete two (2) Laws of the Game assignments, two (2) Team Management assignments, a Concussion Awareness course, and a Prevention and Care webinar.

Each assignment must be submitted during the opening lecture.

1.    Laws of the Game
Part A - Complete the U.S. Soccer Referee exam ("E" License candidates are required to complete modules 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)

Candidates are not required to print a completion certificate. Your exam results will be automatically shared with your State Soccer Association host and U.S. Soccer.

Part B - Research and write a brief report on the rationale of modified small-sided games rules.
Contact your local League or soccer organization to locate the modified rules of play for the team that you coach. Read and review the modifications for the following FIFA Rules:
1 Field, 2 Ball, 3 Players, 5 Referee, 6 Assistant Referee, and 7 Duration of Game.
2. Team Management - English (.pdf)
3.    Risk Management Assignment
- Concussion Awareness - English (online): Script | Quiz
* Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online concussion assignment, you may request a CD-ROM version of the course from the CDC at no cost. If you would like to order a copy of the course on CD-ROM, visit the CDC publication order form.

You may also contact or print and use the written test below.

- Concussion Awareness - Spanish: Script | Quiz

4. Prevention and Care Webinar: Watch
Candidates must complete a webinar on Prevention and Care. This must be completed in order to be eligible for an E License.

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