U.S. Soccer Coaching certification begins at the state level. The National “E” is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepare interested coaches for the 36-hour “D” license course.

What is the “E” License?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • Establish a 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?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9 v 9 adaptable to local competition structure)

“E” License Candidate Guidebook

  • Download - “E” License Candidate Guidebook - English
  • Download - “E” License Candidate Guidebook - Spanish

U.S. Soccer Curriculum
Learn more about the U.S. Soccer Curriculum - More Info

Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete four (4) pre-course assignments. Candidates must complete two (2) Laws of the Game assignments and a Concussion Awareness course. In addition, candidates must choose to complete one of three team management assignments. Each assignment will be submitted during the opening lecture.

  • Laws of the Game
    Part A – Complete the U.S. Soccer Grade 8 Referee exam ("E" License candidates are required to complete modules 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)
    * As you complete each module, print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.
    Part B - Research and write a brief report on the rationale of modified small-sided games rules.
    Contact your local League or soccer organization to locate the modified rules of play for the Team that you coach. Read and Review the modifications for the following FIFA Rules:
    #1 Field, #2 Ball, #3 Players, #5 Referee, #6 Assistant Referee, and #7 Duration of Game.
  • Team Management - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)
  • Risk Management Assignment
    Concussion Awareness - English
    Concussion Awareness - Spanish: Script | Quiz

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