C License


US Soccer National C License

A Step-by-Step Guide

US Soccer National C License

The overall Objective of the C License is to enable candidates to acquire or future develop the basic core competencies (knowledge, skill, attitude and personal traits) necessary to work as a coach in a developmental and/or competitive 11v11 (Youth/Senior) environment.

Besides the individual program, the main objectives of the license are the following six tasks of a US Soccer Coach:

  • Leadership: developing and implementing leadership characteristics in all aspects of coaching and personal development in order to develop the team and the player
  • Coaching Games: Coaching the team during soccer games focused on achieving a predefined objective
  • Coaching Training Sessions: Preparing the team systematically during training
  • Leading the Team: Leading a team of players in order to drive and improve team development 
  • Managing the Performance Environment: creating and developing a performance environment  
  • Leading the Player: Leading and guiding individual players

Additional Cal South requirements include:


To apply for the course, candidates must be at least 18 years of age and possess the U.S. soccer National D license, which is a required prerequisite to the course learning environment. The candidate must currently be working in the 11v11 environment or have the ability to carry out the assignments in an 11v11 environment


The course consists of two components; a practical and a theoretical

Candidates need to become proficient in using the new technology tools and specifically the DCC. The DCC is where assessments are submitted, and the Instructor communication will take place

Practical Component

During the 7-day course meeting there will be components geared to the practical part of the course such as: coaching games, game analysis, team talks and conducting training sessions. 

In between the course meeting and the three-day assessment meeting, there is a development period where the candidate can practice the practical components and execute the assignments in their own environment. The coaching Training Sessions assignments will be part of the course assessment meeting with an assigned team of players within the U13-U18 age groups 

Practice Coaching: executed training sessions in the development period preparation-Session-Evaluation*Reflection

Theoretical Component

The 7-day course meeting will be focused on the experiences of the candidates related to the course (tasks of a coach) and the assignments. The educational approach will require candidates to exchange experiences on the topics, enlarge their theoretical background and develop models to apply the theory in practice

During the course, candidates are encouraged to develop their own vision on coaching and leadership


Meetings Days Hours Total Hours
Course Meetings 1 7 8 56
Asessment Meetings 1 3 8 24
Pre-Course Assignments 2 0 3 6
Assignments 10 0 3 30
Webinars 1 0 1.5 1.5
Skype Calls 1 0 1.5 1.5
Online Testing 1 0 1 1
Practical Coaching 6 0 3 18
Approximate Hours of Education 138


Candidates are required to attend all meetings


Commuter Courses $1695.00

Ojai Residential Course $1950.00

All candidates are required to register in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center which is a state of the art online educational platform. The DCC allows coaches to create a personal profile, register for courses, communicate with technical staff, take part in online courses, create session plans with the online graphics tool and access an archive of U.S Soccer sessions 

Register Here: https://dcc.ussoccer.com/

For US Soccer assistance, call (313) 808-1300 or e-mail coaches@ussoccer.org

For Assistance registering with Cal South, email coachinged@calsouth.com

Updated 1/29/18