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US Soccer National D (Development) License

A Step-by-Step Guide

 

US Soccer National D (Development) License

Course Information

The US Soccer "D" License is strongly recommended for all competitive coaches of players 13 years old and up. The license will be MANDATORY for all coaches whose teams enter the USYS National Cup and The California Regional League in the 2020-2021 season. This license is required before attending a US Soccer National C license. All US Soccer courses will combine online, field and classroom instruction in a holistically coaching and teaching methodology. We are going to engage you and make it meaningful according to your needs, all within a candidate-centered learning environment.  Built around US Soccer Coaching Education Philosophy: Experiential learning, Reality based, Holistic

  • This 45-hour course is the most comprehensive course offered and is preparatory License for the US Soccer National "C" license and coaching education Pathway. This course will be based on all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) and Play-Practice-Play 
  • Purpose is to facilitate the improvement of the GR coach in all 6 Tasks of a Coach – Coaching Games, Coaching Training Sessions, Managing the Performance Environment, Leading the Team, Leading the Player, Leadership
  • Key focus on learning how to design, execute, and reflect on a P-P-P training session
  • Candidates will now have to coach at least one on-field training session with youth demo players during the course
  • The Course includes each candidate receiving an opportunity to get on-field practical experience during both weekends

Six Tasks of a US Soccer Coach are:

  • 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

D Course Prerequisites:

For Current National E holders:

  • Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

For All other Candidates:

  • Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
  • 2 in-person courses (one of which must be 11v11)
  • 1 online course (Grassroots 4v4,7v7,9v9,11v11 or F License)

Candidates that meet C or B course waiver requirements - No longer recognizing foreign grassroots licensing 

Additional Cal South requirements include:

  • Concussion Certification
  • KIDSAFE Risk Management Program

Course Length: 45 hours

1st Weekend

  • Friday Night 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

  • Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 

  • Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 


Development Period – at least FOUR weeks between the two weekends

2nd Weekend

  • Saturday 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

      Schedule: "D" License courses will be scheduled over a Minimum of 4 weeks and a Maximum of  8 weeks.

  • The “D” License will include all four game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 (focus will be placed on one model each day) 

  • Age appropriate youth players in the proper game format will be used for that day’s field portion of the License.

        Instructional Phase (Weekend One): Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course 


  • The training methodology is Play-Practice-Play 

  • E.g. 4v4 players on 1st Weekend Saturday
  • The training methodology is Play-Practice-Play


      Development Period

  1. Candidates will do the following in the DCC, create a two-week plan based on the training session and game schedule (aligns with Coaching Games). This plan will be based on the developmental stage/objectives of your team 

  2. Within this two-week plan, design one age appropriate Play-Practice-Play training    session plan in the DCC based on the developmental stage/objectives of the players.
  3. Execute training session in candidate's own environment (optional to upload a 10-minute video clip of the Practice portion for feedback.
  4. Development Period - by oneself design a 2nd Play-Practice-Play training session
  5. In the DCC, create an age appropriate Play-Practice-Play training session based on the 
developmental stage/objectives of the players to be used in the 2nd Weekend. 

  6. Design a training session (each candidate will be assigned either 7v7 or 11v11) to execute during Meeting 2

How will it be assessed? Instructor will use guided questions to help the candidate during development period via the DCC using “revision requested” for both training sessions

Testing:
How will it be assessed? Instructor will assess candidates during the on-field experience during Course Meeting #2, taking into account the performance from Course Meeting #1 as well as the Development Period training session plan and reflections.

  • Each candidate will conduct a 15-minute Core Activity based on their 7v7 or 11v11 Play-Practice- Play training session that was designed during the Developmental Period.
  • 6 Candidates per day participate in on-field assessment with age-appropriate youth players

  • In the DCC, reflect and identify areas of strength and growth. Determine-What will be your actions to grow?  

  • Candidates have 14 days from the date a course finishes to submit all their assignments in the DCC. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade.

Test Results: will be posted on the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center

  • Candidates Receiving Green Light (Pass)
  • Candidates Receiving Yellow Light (Must attend a D License Performance Center )
  • These candidates who receive Yellow Light are required to wait 90 days before applying to attend the D License Performance Center. Registration to that center will cost $150.
  • Candidates Receiving Red Light (Failing Grade)
  • All testing results will be entered into the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center.

Cost: $525

All Candidates will receive a Cal South Lesson Planner, a Nike t-shirt at a retail value of $30. 

HOW TO REGISTER

Step 1

Register to take the 11v11 License within the Cal South system by clicking here

Step 2

Make sure you have created your DCC account and have taken the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

Step 3

Register within the DCC to take the online 11v11 license.

Additional Cal South Requirements Include

A) Concussion Certification

    We have two acceptable certifications you can choose from.

    To read more details Click here

B) KIDSAFE Risk Management Program (For Legal Adults Only)

If you are 18 years old or older you will need to adhere to our KIDSAFE Risk Management Program. All legal adults must have their fingerprints cleared by the Department of Justice before they are allowed on the field with our youth. To complete this, you will need to download our live scan form which can be taken to any servicer. You can do a quick google search for "local live scan locations" and take your form to them. The cost will range anywhere from $15-$30. Keep your copy of the live scan form after the service is done until you have received an email confirmation that we have received your results. On average it takes from 1-14 days to receive results back from the Department of Justice. We will update your Cal South profile as soon as that clearance comes in.

Click here for our live scan form

To learn more about our Risk Management program click here

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 1/30/18