United States Soccer Federation National D License
How do I progress to the D License?
A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License (replacing the E and F Licenses). New coaches will use the U.S. Soccer Digital Learning Center to sign up for, and complete, a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:
- 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 already completed or begun to take the E or F Licenses courses will have the following opportunities to use the certifications towards 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 other in-person license
What are the key components of the "D" license course?
•Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
•Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
•Build on the 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?
•Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
•Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
•Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
The “D” license course is broken into four phases:
I. Preparation Phase
II. Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
III. Deliberate Practice Phase
IV. Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
For more information on the 4 phases of the D course please visit
•Candidates are required to view an online presentation and complete a series of questions on Concussion Awareness. The assignment must be completed prior to the candidate receiving their final course results.
•Visit this link to complete the online assignment.
•Candidates are NOT required to print a certificate of completion.
•A report will be automatically sent to U.S. Soccer and the State Association host upon completion.
Minimum of 15 candidates – Maximum of 36 Candidates per course
Register for D Course License Here
If you have any questions regarding Coaching Education please contact the SC Youth Soccer State Office.