North Kitsap Soccer Club

Youth Soccer Coaching License Primer

Statewide opportunities for coaches training can be found here.


Level

Name

Type Coach

For Coaching

Administered by

"A" and "B" A & B License College and
Professional
College,Semi-pro
and Pro
USSF
"C" C License Olympic
Development
Program (ODP),
some HS
14-25 years USSF
"D" National Youth Premier - State 14-18 yr olds WA State
"D" State D License (State) Select 14-18 yr olds WA State
"E" E Certificate Previous licenses
and/or several
years coaching
experience
12-14 yr olds,
11 a side
WA State
U-10 U-10 Coaching
Certificate
Coach Parent 9 yr olds WA State
U-8 U-8 Coaching
Certificate
Coach Parent 7 yr olds WA State
U-6

U-6 Coaching
Certificate

First Time
Coach/Parent
5 yr olds WA State

Coach-Player Development

by Dave Schumacher
WSYSA Coaching Director

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success with your soccer coaching this season. Each year the standard of play in Washington State improves, and most of the credit for this must be given to the enthusiasm and dedication of our coaches. I congratulate you on the time and effort you give to prepare your teams for play!

The following programs and services will assist you in further developing your players. The United States Soccer Federation ( USSF) coaching program starts with the entry level Youth Module (U6 Certificate through "E") and moves progressively through " A" course. WSYSA administers and conducts the Youth Modules and Certificates and "E" and "D" Level courses described here; USSF administers and conducts "C," "B" and "A" level courses.

WSYSA COACHING EDUCATION COURSES

U-6 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-6 Players
The U-6 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the first-time parent/coach of five year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2½-hour course.

U-8 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-8 Players
The U-8 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of seven year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2½-hour course.

U-10 Coaching Certificate: Coaching U-10 Players
The U-10 Coaching Certificate is designed to provide the parent/coach of nine year olds with information on creating a beneficial soccer environment. The course has been designed to address the specific characteristics of this age group and to present activities and games that are developmentally appropriate. This is a 2½-hour course.

"E" Certificate Course
The emphasis of the "E" course is on coaching players 10-14 years of age. It is a general certificate of 11-a-side play and is intended for those coaches who are in the transitional stage from coaching. Modified soccer to coaching 11 vs. 11 soccer. The course is best
suited for those coaches with several years' experience or who have attended one or more of the youth module courses.

The "E" course focuses on coaching points and the teaching of technique, with an introduction to the Principles of Play (attack and defense.) The "E" course also provides elementary information on the management and preparation of a team.

"D" License Course
The attendees of a "D" course fall into two distinct categories: coaches who are using the course to prepare for the National "C" License and those who are using the course to qualify for a particular level of coaching within their state. Many of the latter are not required to further upgrade their license. In addressing coaches in these two categories, the "D" course can be seen as either preparatory or terminal.

The "D" course is for coaching players 14-18 years of age and emphasizes observing mistakes and providing information to correct the mistakes. A majority of the course schedule is devoted to practice coaching and practical examinations. Candidates will be examined by the analysis of videotape footage for their knowledge and understanding of tactics and methodology. There are also take-home examinations on soccer injury prevention and the FIFA Laws of the Game.

Based on how well they do in the "D" License course, candidates are awarded either a National "D" License, which allows them to attend a National "C" License course after a year, or a State "D" License. If a State "D" License is earned, the "D" course can be retaken by coaches interested in obtaining a National "C".

Updated 05-14-2011