USSF E License Course

The National "E" is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepare interested coaches for the 36-hour "D" license course.  The National "E" course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.

What is the "E" License?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses

What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9 v 9 adaptable to local competition structure)
  • Minimum Age: 16 years of age
  • Youth Module I, Youth Module II or the CYSA F are highly recommended (but not required).

This curriculum, developed and released in 2012 by USSF is an extensive comprehensive course that includes the curriculum to prepare a coach for the USSF National D.  If you have taken the E course and/or E/D course in CYSA prior to March 15, 2012, you may not be prepared for the New National D Curriculum.  It is not required, but recommended that you complete this course before registering for the National D Course.

Course Length: 18 Hours

  • 6 hours Classroom
  • 12 hours Field
Course Schedule:
  • Friday Evening: 2 hrs. Classroom
  • Saturday: 2 hrs. Classroom/ 6 hrs. Field
  • Sunday: 2 hrs. Classroom/ 6 hrs. Field
  • Yes
Course Size:
  • Minimum class size is 12, maximum class size is 15 Candidates.

All candidates will receive the USSF "E" course Guidebook and upon completion a Course Certificate. 

USSF D License Course

The "D" License course designed for the experienced coach who has already received training at the "E" level or who has several years of coaching and/or playing experience. The focus of this course is to improve individual’s and team’s ability. The "D" is a licensing course offered under the auspices of the U.S.Soccer Federation through affiliated members at the state level. In order to maintain consistency in the delivery and execution of the course the following objectives, expectations and grading policies for the "D" License course have been established. Successful completion of the "D "course certifies coaches with either a State or National "D" License. Both licenses are non-expiring and are awarded following the completion of both theoretical and practical testing. Coaches wishing to take this course should log on to the CYSA Coaching Course Calendar and follow the instructions to sign-up.

Objectives for the "D" License

  • To prepare coaches by expanding their knowledge and understanding of the technical and tactical demands of the game and the developmental process necessary for players.
  • To provide an understanding of practical coaching methodology and the framework necessary to prepare players and a team for competition.
  • To prepare coaches for whom this represents their final coaching course as well as those who plan to pursue an advanced U.S. Soccer Federation National Coaching License.

Expectations of Candidates

  • Participate in all activities (field, lecture and discussion groups).
  • Demonstrate coaching ability and basic soccer knowledge.


  • Minimum Age: 18 years of age
  • Must have earned and held an E level Coaching License for a minimum of 12 months. (USSF E License is highly recommended).

Course Length:

  • 36 Hours


  • 1st Weekend (Friday afternoon , Saturday, & Sunday)(6 hrs. Classroom, 12 hrs. Field)
  • 2nd Weekend (Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday) (6 hrs. Classroom, 12 hrs. Field)


  • Yes
  • National D: National D License*
  • State D: State D Certificate (must re-test to receive National D)
  • Not Ready: Must re-take the course

Course Size:

  • Limited to 15 candidates, per Instructor

All candidates will receive the USSF "D" course manual and upon completion a Course Certificate.