CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Federation is now offering the National F License coaching course entirely in Spanish. While U.S. Soccer has worked with its membership to offer educational opportunities in Spanish, the F course marks the first universal license opportunity offered in a language other than English.
“When you look at the mission of the Federation, we are attempting to improve soccer at all levels,” said U.S. Soccer director of coaching education Nico Romeijn. “Our success is not only defined by results of our National Teams but also the work and progress that is occurring at the grassroots level. The Spanish F will serve as another opportunity for coaches to begin their education and to ensure our players are participating in a fun, developmentally appropriate environment.”
The F license is a two-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for players between the ages of 5-8.
The National F License course was initially rolled out in February 2015. Since then, U.S. Soccer has issued over 63,000 F licenses.
F License Overview
To register for the F course, candidates will first be required to sign up for a user account in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center, a state-of-the-art online educational platform. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. Candidates can pause, rewind, or restart the webinars as often as needed.
After registering for the course, candidates are granted access to the course content for 12 months. The course may be successfully completed at any time during this period.
The F course is broken into four key modules: Kick-off, 1st Half, Halftime and 2nd Half. The following webinars make up the required components of the course:
- 1st Half
- Designing an Activity
- Designing a Lesson Plan
- Laws of the Game
- Prevention and Care
- Nutrition and Hydration
- 2nd Half
- Small-Sided Games
- Facilitator Games
- U6 Activities
- U8 Activities
Following each webinar, candidates are required to complete a series of multiple-choice questions. To successfully complete each webinar, all questions must be answered correctly. To maximize comprehension and facilitate learning, candidates will have multiple attempts to correctly answer all questions.
It is important to note that the videos and materials for the Spanish-language F course will be presented entirely in Spanish. Registering for the course in Spanish will NOT provide access to the English-language versions of the content.
To register for the F license in English or Spanish, click here to access the Digital Coaching Center.