All SNSA coaches who do not have a USSF coach license are strongly encouraged to attend an SNSA Coach Clinic appropriate to the age level in which they are coaching. SNSA Coach Clinis are free and include a classroom component and a field training component.
All beginner coaches in the U5-U8 age divisions should attend a Level 1 clinic (Equivalent to USSF Mod 1). SNSA offers a Level 1 class prior to the beginning of each season.
In most cases, Level 1 attendees are parents who volunteer or are volunteered to act as coaches when their children first start to play soccer. For those parents who have limited or no playing experience, the position of coach understandably can be quite intimidating. The function of the Level 1 course is to help remove some of that fear by providing the information a coach requires to teach the game at this most important level. The course emphasis is on age appropriate training and management of young players. At this early stage of development for both the coach and the player, the players will learn much more about the game itself than from the coach.
Coaches of teams in the U9-U14 age divisions that do not have a USSF license should attend the Level 2 clinic (Equivalent to USSF Mod 2). SNSA offers a Level 2 class prior to the beginning of each season. The course emphasizes fundamental information related to the U9-U12 age groups, including warm-ups/conditioning, technical skill development and introduction to coaching tactical concepts.
In addition to the SNSA Level 1 and Level 2 courses, coaches are encouraged to continue their coaching education, starting with the USSF F 2-hour online course, followed by the USSF E 18-hour course.
USSF Coaching Licenses are required to coach for competitive club teams. The USSF F License is recommended for all coaches, whether recreational or club, and is a pre-requisite for the USSF E course. The USSF E License is required to coach club soccer for ages 9 and under. The USSF D License is the minimum requirement to coach club soccer for ages 10 and above. Click here for a diagram of the US Soccer National license progression.
The USSF “F” license is a 2-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 5-13 year old players. There is a $25 course registration fee.
The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.
The USSF E course is an 18-hour course, typically held over one weekend, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the USSF D course. The course consists of a series of lectures and field sessions, and attendance is mandatory for the full duration of all course meetings. The USSF E course is required for club coaches for ages U10 and below, and is a pre-requisite for the USSF D course.
The USSF E course emphasizes the coaching of players 8 to 12 years old. The coaching of this age group observes the crossover of coaching modified 7v7 to the more advanced 9v9. Players of this age group are developing their technique and also beginning to understand the principles of play. The course addresses the above and provides elementary information on the management and preparation of a team.
The National E course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer National F license and who are at least 16 years of age.
The USSF D course is a 36 to 40-hour course, typically held over two weekends, 10 weeks apart, designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a USSF E license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams. The course consists of a series of lectures and field sessions, and attendance is mandatory for the full duration of all course meetings. The USSF License is required to coach a competitive club teams ages U11 and above, and is a pre-requisite for the USSF C License course.
The purpose of the USSF D course is to develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team; to understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Long Term Athlete Development Model; to teach the Principles of Play in a training environment; to apply the principles of play to functional group roles in a full team system; and to plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
The National D course is open to all applicants who have held a U.S. Soccer National E license for a minimum of 6 months and are at least 16 years of age.
Visit the USSF Digital Coaching Center for USSF C, B and A Licensing course information.