The New US Soccer's National “D” National License still maintains the foundation of 36 course hours spread out over two weekends, but the course will also introduce a new concept to U.S. Soccer courses. Coaches interested in successfully completing this course will need to commit to an additional 14 hours of coaching, as such they will need to be actively coaching a U14 team or older as they will be required to prepare and run a set of pre-determined training sessions with their teams during the "Preparation/Pre-Course Phase" for this focus age group and be evaluated prior to the first weekend, now called the “Instructional Phase”. After completing the first weekend, coaches will then take what they have learned into practice with their clubs, teams and players, be further evaluated. This is now called the "Deliberate Practice Phase." Coaches will be required to wait a minimum of ten weeks (or a season) before returning for the second weekend for testing, now called the “Performance Review Phase."
For more information on the changes see here:
also see 2013 US Soccer National "D" License FAQs link
To be eligible to be awarded a National "D" License Candidate must successfully complete the following (after July 1, 2013)
1. Preparation Phase: (Prior to Instructional Phase Weekend)
*Write out 5 Lesson Plans and conduct Practice Sessions; one will be evaluated with NJYS Instructor/Mentor or Self-Assessment. (see link: Coaching Themes for Pre Course and Deliberate Practice)
To be completed and submitted to assigned NJYS Instructor/Mentor 2 weeks prior to Instructional Phase Weekend.
2. Instructional Phase Weekend (First Weekend of the US Soccer National "D" License Course)
*Candidate to bring to Opening Lecture on the first Friday night of Instructional Phase Weekend:
a. Copy of National "E" License Grade Summary Sheet
b. Copies of the 5 Lesson Plans and the assessment completed by NJYS Instructor/Mentor or Self-Assessment.
NOTE: candidate is required to have completed the US Soccer's On Line Laws of the Game for Grade 8 Referees AND the CDC Concussion On Line Course when they took the National "E" License Course after Jan 1, 2011, if candidate completed National "E" Course prior to this date candidate will be required to complete the CDC Concussion On Line Course http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html
as well as the US Soccer Laws of the Game Grade 8 for Referees - http://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/referee-resources/grade-8-referee-course.aspx
and bring copies of proof with them.
Coach must attend all the scheduled hours of the Instructional Weekend, see link for schedule.
3. Deliberate Practice Phase: (Time in between Instructional and Performance Review Phase Weekends)
a. Candidate must deliver 5 Practice Sessions with their team--one with Instructor/Mentor Assessment or Self-Assessment.(see link: Coaching Themes for Pre Course and Deliberate Practice)
To be submitted to assigned NJYS Instructor/Mentor 2 weeks prior to Performance Review Phase Weekend.
b. Candidate to bring copies of the 5 lesson Plans to Lecture on the Friday night of the Performance Review Phase.
4. Performance Review Phase Weekend: (Second Coaching Education weekend of the US Soccer National "D" License)
Candidate will have been pre assigned a Topic 2 weeks prior to the Performance Review Weekend for which they will prepare a Lesson Plan and have up to 30 minutes to demonstrate their coaching ability
*Coach must attend all the hours of the weekend, see schedule link.
Candidates who successfully complete the 4 Phases of the National "D" License are eligible to receive one the following:
1. “National Pass". Candidate has met the criteria and demonstrates the competencies to continue onto the US Soccer National Coaching Schools after a period of 12 months (1 Year)-per US Soccer. A National "D" License Certificate containing a serial number will be mailed out to the candidate 2 weeks following the Performance Weekend.
2. “Not Ready”. Candidate has not met the criteria yet demonstrates the minimum competencies will be awarded a State "D" License-Pass. A State "D" License Certificate will be mailed out to the candidate 2 weeks following the Performance Weekend.
Note:Candidates who wish to proceed to the US Soccer National Coaching Schools can retest at any future National “D” License Performance Weekend after at least one playing season (or 6 months). The NJYS Coaching Schools requires a candidate seeking a retest must first be assessed running a session at their club prior to the scheduled Performance Weekend. Candidate is required to attend the entire Performance Weekend.
Candidates failing to demonstrate the minimum competencies and meet the requirements to pass the course, will not be eligible for one of the above. All attempts will be made to complete the requirement(s) during the course.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013 the Cost for registering to take the National "D" License through NJYS will be $230.00 this covers both the Instructional Weekend and the Performance Weekend.
If unable to submit the required documents to your assigned NJYS Instructor/Mentor send to:
Lindsey Nappi, Assistant to the NJYS Director of Coaching
569 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ 08520
PLEASE DO NOT FAX
If your club would like to host a National "D" License
Instructional Weekend: We would need 3 meeting rooms sit 12 comfortably, in same complex for Friday night 6pm-10pm and 1 meeting room for Saturday 8am-10:30am and Sunday from 8am-9am, Lunch room for Sat and Sun 11:30-1:30pm, 2 full sided fields at same complex-nets, lined for Sat and Sun. Club will also need to arrange for several teams/players 13 years and older 1:00pm through 5pm on Sat and Sunday. FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR TEAMS/PLAYERS.
We would need 3 meeting rooms sit 12 comfortably, in same complex for Friday night 6pm-10pm and 1 meeting room for Saturday Lunch 12pm-1pm. 1 full sided fields at same complex-nets, lined for Sat and Sun.
Club will also need to arrange for several teams/players 13 years and older 1:00pm through 6pm on Sat and Sunday. FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR TEAM/PLAYERS.
See schedule links
Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
The minimum number of candidates needed to run the course is 24 per US Soccer, maximum number will be determined by size of facility and staff availability not to exceed 36. The course registration will officially close three weeks prior to the start of the course. Those wishing to attend the National "D" License course must have successfully completed a National "E" License/Certificate.
US Soccer requires a minimum six month waiting period after earning a National "E" license before a candidate can enroll in a National "D" License Course. There are no waivers for this course.
Because of the curriculum and requirements of this course the following
Refund Policy is effective July 1, 2013.
• No refunds once the course roster is set three weeks prior to the course.
• Refund request prior to three weeks before the course begins will be granted only if a qualified
replacement can be found for the course.
New Instructional weekend and testing weekend to be scheduled soon.