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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

The course is held in a Blended learning format over 45 to 60-hours, through a minimum of 12 weeks (maximum of 24 weeks). The course is designed for the grassroots coach who meets the prerequisites outlined below. In the Blended learning approach,  candidates will engage in e-learning and be engaged in various methods included online modules (independent study) and interactions facilitated by the instructor. The apex of the course will be the Field Component (one in-person meeting).  Hosts can request Option 2 (two in-person meetings).   Candidates that register for this course are expected and required to attend all meetings.

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

To apply for the course, candidates must be 16 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 of which must be the 11v11)

• 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

Module + 11v11 in-person license + one additional in-person license

Cost: $385.00

Dates for 2021-2022 to be announced.



Course Registration

Please visit the US Soccer Learning Center for information on upcoming D courses.

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New Jersey Youth Soccer

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East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

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

New Jersey Youth Soccer

569 Abbington Dr, Suite 5
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

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