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.U.S. Soccer provides every coach the most advanced and comprehensive education. The starting point for all coaching education is the U.S. Soccer Learning Center ("LC"). The LC contains an online educational platform in which a coach creates a personal profile, registers for courses, communicates with technical staff, takes online courses, creates session plans, has access to an archive of U.S. Soccer training sessions and much more. To coach an LCSL team in Louisiana, a coach must register with the LC. It will be used for all applications, registration, payment, assignments, communication and collaboration throughout any US Soccer Coaching Education course. To access the US Soccer Learning Center
US Soccer Grassroots Pathway
The Grassroots Pathway has been introduced as part of the overall U.S. Soccer Coaching Education structure to permit easy access and entry points for coaches. The Grassroots courses focus on U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players in that specific game model (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).The Modules are each designed specifically for a specific age group-related youth soccer format. The formats are
4 v. 4 7 v. 7 9 v. 9 11 v. 11
Candidates may take an Online (OL) course or an In-Person (IP) course for each Module. The OL and IP courses will be treated as two separate licenses. For Example, the 4 v. 4 on-line course will be treated as a separate License as the 4 v. 4 in-person course.
Each IP course contains 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the field. The highlight of the IP course is that it offers coaches the ability to have hands-on experience learning with an instructor and players in a realistic environment and promote best practices in coaching education. It also allows feedback from an instructor on issues a coach may be facing with his or her team.
The Grassroots Courses
Duration: Each in-person course shall run approximately 4 hours - 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the field. In the event courses are "stacked" together, the duration may diminish a bit as some of the material is repetitive.
Cost: The Cost of each US Soccer Grassroots Course is $75.00. This fee includes the $25.00 DCC registration fee.
Course requirement: In order to run an in-person course, there must be at least 12 candidates.team.
Coaching License Requirements
Anyone registering as a head coach or as an assistant coach with a team in the LCSL must have at least a US Soccer E-License, or a United Soccer Coaches or foreign equivalent, as determined by the LSA Technical Director. This requirement shall be satisfied by successfully completing at least 2 in-person US Soccer Grassroots Modules and 1 on-line US Soccer Grassroots Module. One of the in-person Grassroots Modules must be the 11 v. 11 Module. A coach who possesses an F-License will be considered to have completed one on-line Module.
US Soccer D License
This course is designed to develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13 - 14 year old player and teams and to teach the cognitive characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of our Athlete Development Model.
Duration: 36 hours. The course is split into two (2) weekends (Friday-Sunday) with a minimum of 60 days between each weekend.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 16 years or older and must hold a US Soccer “E” License for a minimum of 6 months. Candidates must also complete and pass pre-course material (emailed at course registration), pass an oral examination and practical examinations.
Cost: Instructional Phase - $200.00 & Performance Phase - $175.00 (Candidates have 12 Months to complete both weekends)
Course Requirement: 20 Candidates are needed to run a course