Coaching License Mandate
There are no longer F Licenses being offered as the course falls short of the new mandate.
ALL COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES ON CDYSL ROSTERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE GRASSROOTS CERTIFICATION. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING NCAA OR "HIGH SCHOOL" CERTIFICATIONS.
INTRODUCTION TO GRASSROOTS COACHING MODULE
U.S. Soccer has revamped its coaching license pathway. It has eliminated both the F and E license, and is now offering a free 20-minute online "Introduction to Grassroots" module as the first step into its coaching schools.
All coaches must register with the U.S. Soccer Federation's Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and create a soccer profile. The registration fee for the DCC is $25. There are several resources available, lots of lesson plans and practice exercises. Once you have registered with the DCC and before you take any of the Grassroots courses, you need to take the free introductory, "Introduction to Grassroots Coaching" module. The module will take about 20-25 minutes to go through.
GRASSROOTS PATHWAY COURSES
After completing the online "Introduction to Grassroots Coaching" module, coaches will be eligible for any of the four online and four in-person "Grassroots Pathway" courses: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11. Those are the courses that are replacing the F and E licenses.
The eight courses will cost $25 each, plus, in the case of the in-person courses, the fee charged by the ENYYSA will be $50 plus any facility fee cost that host clubs are charged for holding a course. With the completion of each course comes a U.S. Soccer Grassroots Coaching License.
A candidate can move on to the D license by completing a minimum of two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11 course) and one of the online courses.
If you currently hold an E license: you advance to the D license by completing the cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.
If you currently hold an F license: you advance to the D license by completing the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, the 11v11 in-person course, and one additional in-person grassroots course, the 4v4, 7v7 or 9v9.
Do you want to host a Course?
All clubs that host a course must have a lecture room available suitable to use PowerPoint presentations and a team of age appropriate players depending on the grassroots course that is being conducted. The players must be available for 2 hours.
4v4 a team of 6-8 year olds
7v7 a team of 9-10 year olds
9v9 a team of 11-12 year olds
11v11 a team 13+ year olds
YOU MUST TAKE BOTH THE INTRODUCTION TO GRASSROOTS ONLINE MODULE AND THE GRASSROOTS PATHWAY COURSES IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR COACHING LICENSE AND BE ADDED AS A COACH OR ASSISTANT COACH ON A ROSTER.
If interested in conducting a course, please fill out an application form and email it to the CDYSL office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill out the application here.
Questions regarding the Grassroots courses can be emailed to Roy Pfeil at email@example.com.
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