Coaching Education

South Carolina Youth Soccer believes that coaching education is an integral aspect of successful and proper youth player development. Coaches that attend SC Youth Soccer Coaching Education courses are placed in an environment where the current coaching methodology from the United State Soccer Federation and by US Youth Soccer is taught.  SC Youth Soccer is responsible for delivering the coaching curriculum of the United State Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer.

All coaching education courses are designed to address the technical, tactical, physical and psycho-social components of soccer and age appropriate player development. The goal of the SC Youth Soccer Coaching Education staff is to not only demonstrate how to create a creative and stimulating learning environment for players but also to create a foundation of the basic tools and methodology that the coach will need to successfully advance through the coaching education pathway.


South Carolina Youth Soccer Coaching Education Courses:


All recreational coaches will be required to register with the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC). (

There is no cost to register in the DCC and this will allow these coaches to complete the 20 minute online Introduction to Grassroots Coaching. Recreational coaches will have 1 season to complete this registration process and Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module. There is no cost for the coach or the club.

Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module- Required for Recreational Coaches 4U – 12U 

How to access and take U.S. Soccer's Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:

  • Visit U.S. Soccer's Digital Coaching Center (DCC). (
  • Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your DCC profile.
  • Select "Courses" from the top menu.
  • Under "Available Courses", select "Grassroots" then "Begin Course" to launch the introductory module.
  • Complete U.S. Soccer's Introduction to Grassroots Coaching


7 vs. 7 Grassroots In Person License- Required for Junior Academy Coaches 9U – 10U 

9 vs. 9 Grassroots In Person License- Required for Junior Academy Coaches 11U – 12U 

11 vs. 11 Grassroots In Person License- Required for Recreational Coaches U13 – U19 or Open League, PMSL and Challenge League Assistant Coaches 

Grassroots License Details

Cost of each In Person Grassroots License is $65

Coaches must register for each individual license they wish to take


Clubs wishing to host a Grassroots License will need to provide:

Age appropriate players
Field space
Classroom space

The summer 2018 Coaching Education schedule will be posted online by late April.

Please contact SC Youth Soccer Technical Director Greg Vallee with any questions


US Soccer National D License- Required for Open, PMSL and Challenge League Head Coaches

Requirements to take the D License

  • Current E license
  • 1 online grassroots license + 2 In Person Grassroots Licenses one of which must be the 11 vs. 11 license


US Soccer National C, B, A and Goalkeeping License -

US Soccer Coaching Education Overview -