To: All coaches and club officials
From: Roy Pfeil - Coaching Education Instructor
Re: Requirements for hosting a Grassroots Coaching Course
During 2018 U.S. Soccer rolled out its new coaching education platform and announced the 4 new Grassroots coaching courses. The courses and age groups paired with each course are as follows: 4v4 (6-8 year olds), 7v7 (9-10 year olds), 9v9 (11-12 year olds) and 11v11 (13+). The courses can be taken in person or online and in any sequence a coach desires and after first completing a free (20 minute) introductory on-line module provided by U.S. Soccer on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).  All courses will involve 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the field.  
Currently, arrangements are being made to conduct in-person courses at Afrims new facility in Colonie. 
All courses will be announced and broadcast through the CDYSL and ENY websites and email databases. Once courses are set up candidates can register on a first come first serve basis.  
If a club wants to host a course they need to meet the following requirements:  For the 4v4, and 7v7 courses you need a gymnasium or age appropriate space at one of the indoor facilities.  A club will also need to provide a age appropriate team identified above (for 2 hours) for the course being conducted.  For the 9v9 and 11v11 courses you need a full size field and the age appropriate team for 2 hours.  It should be noted that coaches from a sponsoring club will be given the first opportunities to register for a course and then, after a few days, the course will be opened to everyone outside the club until the course is filled. 
Please note to all new coaches that a in-person Grassroots course must be completed for a travel team coach to be certified to coach in the CDYSL.  For a new first year coach a one year waiver can be invoked as long as an on-line Grassroots course has been completed. 
Finally, additional requirements to register for higher level licenses can be found on-line at the ENYYSA website or by contacting Roy Pfeil at