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Coach Education

U.S. Soccer, in collaboration with its member organizations, will begin conducting four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated USSF D License Course.

Soccer Maine has mandated that Premier and Travel team coaches must have the appropriate In-Person Grassroots License for the age group they are coaching.

Coaching License Requirements
U-9,10 – USSF 7v7 In-Person Grassroots License
U-11,12 – USSF 9v9 In-Person Grassroots License
U-13,14 – USSF 11v11 In-Person Grassroots License
U-15 – USSF D License

Each of these educational opportunities will be hosted by Soccer Maine and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.

Stay tuned for upcoming coach licensing opportunities! (11/20/19).  We will be running a D license class in early 2020!

Spanning 4-hours in length, each in-person Grassroots Course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach among other topics.

The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the Grassroots Courses, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their player and the environment in which they interact.

The new player-centered environment is based on the Play-Practice-Play format to create an easy to manage training environment. Meanwhile, USSF has written hundreds of Play-Practice-Play training sessions and made them available through the DCC. Each session will be designed to address a specific player quality and action. In short, the new format will allow coaches to focus their time and energy to guiding players through game-like activities, instead of creating training sessions.

Interested coaches may begin with any in-person grassroots course of their choosing following the completion of the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module, which is offered in U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center.

• READ: Five Things to Know About the Grassroots Pathway Coaching Initiative
• READ: Five Things to Know About the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
• READ: Five Things to Know About U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives

“Grassroots is where soccer begins. These early experiences spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help build those positive experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education, Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”


Together with U.S. Soccer, member organizations are committed to improving the experience and level of youth players through empowering coaches with low-barrier, easily accessible education.

COURSE SEQUENCE, REQUIREMENT AND KEY POINTS

  • Begin with the ‘Introduction to Grassroots’ Module
    – Coaches start by creating a free profile on the USSF DCC and then take the free online 20-minute webinar course.
  • Grassroots License Options
    – Coaches can choose to take any of the Grassroots licenses. The licenses can be taken in any order depending on your entry point into coaching. The course can be completed either in person or online.
  • Online Grassroots Licenses
    – An online version of a Grassroots license takes approximately 3+ hours to complete. US Soccer charges $25 to take the online license through the DCC. The $25 fee allows you to access the DCC for online drills and coaching tips for the year.
  • In-person Grassroots Licenses
    – An in-person version of the Grassroots licenses is a 4-hour course. The first 2-hours are classroom work and the final 2-hours are spent on the field working with youth players. The cost of a single in-person Grassroots License is $?.
  • USSF D License Course Requirements
    – Coaches must complete three (3) Grassroots licenses, with two (2) of the Grassroots licenses being completed in-person and one (1) of the in-person courses must be the Grassroots 11v.11 License.
    – The National D license is a 40 to 45-hour course, held over two weekends, at minimum 4 weeks apart, designed for the grassroots coach who meets the prerequisites outlined below. The focus of this course is to facilitate the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with a particular emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions. Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend both meetings.

Grandfathered Courses

  • USSF Youth Module
    – Coaches who have earned the 4 hour USSF Youth Module can count the Youth Module as one (1) online Grassroots course when qualifying for the USSF D License. However, coaches will still need to take the free online ‘Introductions to Grassroots’ webinar in preparation for the USSF D License.
  • USSF F License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF F License can count the F License as one (1) online Grassroots course when qualifying for the USSF D License. However, coaches will still need to take the free online ‘Introductions to Grassroots’ webinar in preparation for the USSF D License.
  • USSF E License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF National E License will qualify for the USSF National D
    –  License after taking the free online ‘Introduction to Grassroots’ webinar.
  • USSF D License
    – Coaches who have earned a USSF National D License qualify for the USSF National C License.
    – NOTE: Coaches who have earned a USSF State D License will have to retest prior to the USSF C License.

 

IN-PERSON COURSES


USSF In-Person Grassroots License

USSF Introduction to Grassroots Coaching
The USSF pathway begins with a free online webinar, ‘Introduction to Grassroots Coaching’.
The webinar takes about 20 minutes to complete. As soon as the coach has completed the introduction webinar, the coach can take any of the Grassroots licenses.

NOTE – THIS COURSE IS MANDATORY. THE DIGITAL COACHING CENTER WILL
NOT LET YOU SIGN UP FOR ADDITIONAL COURSES WITHOUT THIS COURSE.

Click here to access the USSF Digital Coaching center.


IN PERSON – USSF Grassroots 4v.4 License
Cost: $75
 

Course Details:

The 4v4 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 6-8. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.

Eligibility Requirements:  In order to register for the 4v4 In-Person Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.


IN PERSON – USSF Grassroots 7v.7 License
Cost: $75

A 4-hour course that focuses on U10 players.  This in-person course is mandatory for Soccer Maine U9 and U10 travel coaches.

Course Details:  The 7v7 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 9-10. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.

Eligibility Requirements:  In order to register for the 7v7 In-Person Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.

 

IN PERSON – USSF Grassroots 9v9 License
Cost: $75

 

A 4-hour course that focuses on U12 players.  This in-person course is mandatory for our U11 and U12 travel and premier coaches.

Course Details:  The 9v9 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 11-12. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.

Eligibility Requirements:  In order to register for the 9v9 In-Person Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.

 

IN PERSON USSF Grassroots 11v.11 License
Cost: $75

 

A 4-hour course that focuses on U13 and older players.  This in-person course is mandatory for our U13 & U14 travel and premier coaches.

Course Details:  The 4v4 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 13 and older. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.

Eligibility Requirements:  In order to register for the 11v11 In-Person Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.

 

USSF D License
Cost $250

Under the new Grassroots curriculum, the USSF National D License is still a 40+ hour long course spread over two separate meeting blocks.  The first block is 2 days that focuses on development of the player-centered environment.  At the completion of the first meeting block, the coaches go to a ‘deliberate practice’ phase where they practice the methods and learning processes discussing in the first meeting block.  The second meeting block is held at least 5 weeks after the first meeting block to give the coaches enough time to tinker with the material during the deliberate practice phase.  The second meeting block is 2 days and focuses on real coaching, opportunities to display the skills they have learned, and getting feedback from the course instructors.

This course is mandatory for our U15 and up premier level coaches.

The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the Grassroots Courses, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their player and the environment in which they interact.

ligibility Requirements:  In order to register for the D License Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, along with 2 previous in-person courses.  Those with current USSF E licenses will be accepted.

 

The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.

 

This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education – relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment – immediately through these new low barrier opportunities.

 

Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F, Youth Module and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. Soccer Maine will continue to organize and host the in-person grassroots courses and the updated D course on behalf of U.S. Soccer.

 

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