U.S. Soccer Coaching Education

Coaching License Pathway

U.S. Soccer is committed to providing all coaches, from beginner to advanced, with education tailored to their experiences and the needs of their players. The Coaching License Pathway consists of a series of courses designed to meet the specific needs of a coach at every step of the way. U.S. Soccer believes education is a journey, and our goal is to provide the necessary tools, guidance, and mentorship a coach requires.


Our Mission

Elevate coaching to impact player environments.

Better environments = better athletes.

Reality Based

The game is the starting point; it drives changes in behavior, reflection, and decision making for the player, the team, and the coach.

Experiential Learning

We learn by doing; evaluating, analyzing, and reflection on our experiences helps develop competencies and improve behavior. We can apply those to everything we do as coaches by experience, reflection, development, and the application of the lessons we learned through the process.

Holistic Approach

Everything is connected; we believe the 6 Tasks of a U.S. Soccer Coach provide a complete framework that can be applied anywhere to create an environment where we can link coaching games, coaching training sessions, leading the team, leading the player, managing the performance environment, and leadership.

A learner-centered environment that begins with the learner’s current situation and real challenges in their own environment.
The learning environment feels safe, with instructors willing to role model vulnerability and take personal responsibility.
A focus on active learning through collaboration; building or tweaking content on the experiences, ideas, beliefs, and curiosities of the learner.
Manageable experiences tied to real-life situations, challenges, or tasks in which the instructor or coach facilitates or guides.
Continuous reflection and feedback to help empower each other or challenge current beliefs and ideas.
Autonomous learning habits that promote striving towards full potential.
Enjoyable, inspirational, and positive experience.


Start your coaching journey with the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching online course. It is the gateway to the Grassroots Pathway and lays the foundation for your success. Intro in hand, you are free to choose any of the grassroots courses that meet your needs. Whether you are just getting started or coaching 11v11 there is an online and in-person course right for you. To take the D course you’ll need at least two grassroots in-person courses, one of which must be the 11v11, and an online license. After the D, you’ll need a year of experience to take the C course. From there, entry to the pro pathway requires an application to each course and more robust pre-requisites. Click a button in the list to take the online course that is right for you or find an in-person course in your area.

Online COURSEs