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U.S. Soccer D-License

The US Soccer National D License course is specifically designed for coaches working in the Grassroots environment. In addition to the course goals and learning objectives, the course experience is based on the qualities and learning needs of each individual candidate. The profile of the D License Coach is the connection between the content, assignments, and the assessment of the assignments. The profile will safeguard the quality and standards of the D License Course

Blended Learning encompasses a mixture of online and face to face working methods and learning activities, where the candidates actively work with learning content, individually and in collaboration with each other and with the teacher/instructor. Blended learning tends to outperform classroom learning by relatively large magnitudes, probably because the e-learning used in blended learning often uses more effective learning methods. Blended learning is not just about efficiency, but also about learning more effectively. 

The focus of this course is to facilitate the improvement of candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four of U.S. Soccer’s game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).

The goals of the course are to help coaches understand how:

  • to create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making)
  • to create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision-making)

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and possess a unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses, which now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. Specifically, candidates must have completed a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:

  • Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
  • Two in-person courses 
  • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Coaching candidates who have earned the National E or on line National F License (prior to Jan 1, 2016) will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:

  • U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
  • U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

Upcoming D-License Courses

National D License - Newark, NJ  (Hosted by Ironbound SC)

  • January 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM (Virtual Pre-Course Meeting)
  • January 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM (Virtual Introduction Meeting)
  • January 30, 2023 through April 1, 2023 (Virtual Weekly Coach Educator Group Meetings)
  • February 18-19, 2023 and March 11-12 at 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (In-Person Field Session)


Course Format

The course is held in a 'blended learning' format over 32 hours, through a minimum of 9 weeks. In the Blended learning approach, candidates will engage in various methods included online modules (independent study) and interactions facilitated by the instructor. The apex of the course will be the Field Component (four in-person meetings held over two weekends). Candidates who register for this course are expected and required to attend all meetings.

Course Cost

The course costs $425.00 per candidate. 

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New Jersey Youth Soccer

3 Paragon Way, Suite 400
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey Youth Soccer

3 Paragon Way, Suite 400
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]
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