New York State West Youth Soccer Association
 
 
LICENSE LEVELS
 
 
These courses are designed as a stepping stone to help youth coaches move from the introductory Coaching 101 Course on to the teaching of selected topics in soccer.   The Coaching 100 Series courses include 90 minutes of practical on-field instruction.  A lesson plan will be handed out for the given topic. Coaches will leave with a greater understanding of the designated topic provided within the context of the big game.   Coaches will leave with numerous age appropriate activities and exercises to utilize in their team training sessions that specifically target the designated topic.  The course content can be modified for beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced level audiences.  These courses are club hosted and our staff will make every effort to arrange a convenient date to conduct the course that will fit into your club’s schedule/calendar.  A NYSW Coaching Education Staff member will travel to your club and conduct the course for a fee of $200 for the first 12 coaches and $10/coach beyond that.
 
Clubs interested in hosting a Coaching 100 Series class should contact Assistant Technical Director, Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org.

Coaching 100 Series Courses

  • Coaching 102 - Activities to improve Ball Control
  • Coaching 103 - Activities to improve Shooting and Finishing
  • Coaching 104 - Activities to improve Combination Play
  • Coaching 105 - Activities to improve Possession Play
  • Coaching 106 - Small sided games to improve technique
  • Coaching 107 - Small sided games to improve tactics
  • Coaching 108 - Basic Principles of Attack
  • Coaching 109 - Basic Principles of Defense
  • Coaching 110 - Basic Goalkeeping Principles

Special Topics Courses

Our Coaching Education Staff will also accommodate and work with you to identify and tailor any special topics that you would like to have presented to your club’s coaching staff.  Below are some examples of club selected topics that have been presented in the past:
  • Planning and Developing a Training Session
  • Parent Education
  • Systems of Play
  • Improving Speed of Play
  • Transition Play and Counterattacking
  • Defending in Blocks
Coaching 101 is a 90 minute course designed to introduce the parent coach to coaching youth soccer.  Coaches will leave with resources in hand to utilize right away in their practices.  Content is flexible and based on the audience and need.  This course is offered in an interactive classroom setting.  Field/gym time is optional.  Practical demonstration can/will be provided through the use of video technology.
Topics will cover how to deal with children in a team environment, best practices for player development, how to structure a practice, team management, basic laws of the game, etc.  We will provide the “starter” coach with the needed resources and confidence to successfully conduct simple, fun and age appropriate training activities with their teams.
 
There will be no charge for a club's initial enrollment in this course.  Clubs interested in hosting a Coaching 101 class should contact Assistant Technical Director, Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org.
 
The State Youth Module courses are designed for the parent/coach of U6-U12 beginning players. The 4 hour course is designed to provide a better understanding of the characteristics of U6-U12 children, as well as how to create an ideal learning environment. The course is offered in a 4 hour, on site format with 2 hours of theory in a classroom and 2 hours of practical work on the field.
 
This course is designed to fit nicely between a youth module course and the USSF E license.  The focus of the course is on the practical application of small sided games in both a training and competitive environments.  Field sessions focus on technical application of skills in small sided activities as well as practical demonstration of roles of players as they relate to the U6-U12 age groups.  Classroom discussion includes basic developmental theory combined with methodology of teaching children in a 6v6-9v9 environment.  Basic tactics in team shapes will be addressed as well. 
 
The course is delivered over 7 hours and can be split into two halves, over two days if necessary.
 
The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.
 
The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.  In order to register for the course, candidates will first be required to sign up for a user account in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center- a state of the art online educational platform.
 
The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. However, candidates can stop, rewind, or restart the webinars as often as needed.  After registering for the course, candidates are granted access to the course content for 12 months. The course may be successfully completed at any time during this period.
 
This course is a prerequisite for the National E license.  No waivers are permitted as per USSF guidelines.
 
 
To complete the National F license and register for the DCC visit: tps://dcc.ussoccer.com/courses/home/
 
U.S. Soccer Coaching certification begins at the state level. The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.  In general, the course is administered over a weekend.  Friday 6:00-9:30, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00-5:00.  Candidates must be prepared to participate in the practical field activities and should be dressed appropriately.  Minimum age for registration is 17.  Cost:  $135.00

What are the key components of the "E" license course?

  • 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 U.S. Soccer’s 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 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).
  • 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 must be submitted during the opening lecture.
The successful candidate will complete all course requirements.  Although there is no testing, candidates are expected to demonstrate minimum coaching behavior competencies in a practical setting.  Successful candidates must wait at least six months before taking the National D license.
 
Waivers will not be granted to bypass the E license unless the candidate can provide documentation of an equivalent license from another FA or the equivalent diploma from the NSCAA.
 
NOTE TO CANDIDATES:  The National D license requires candidates to plan and coach 5 specific practice sessions between the issuance of the E license and the start of the D license.   These plans will be turned in and reviewed on the first day of the course.  Topics are as follows:
  • Goalkeeping- Shot stopping and distribution with the hands.
  • Individual defending
  • Receiving and turning
  • Improve your team's ability to build up through the midfield.
  • Improve your team's ability to recover the ball in the defensive third of the field.
 
The National "D" license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams.  Typically, each weekend consists of Friday from 6:00-9:30, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00-6:00. Candidates must be prepared to participate in the practical field activities and should be dressed appropriately.  Minimum age for registration is 18.  Cost:  $270.00

What are the key components of the "D" license course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on the 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?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
  • Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.

The “D” license course is broken into four phases:

  I.  Preparation Phase:  Pre-Course

Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions between the issuance of your E license and the start of the D license.  These sessions are to be planned according to USSF guidelines and will be reviewed with the instructor during the Instructional Phase. Topics are as follows:
  • Goalkeeping- Shot stopping and distribution with the hands
  • Receiving and turning
  • Individual defending
  • Improve your team's ability to build through the midfield
  • Improve your team's ability to recover the ball in the defensive third of the field

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.):  Weekend 1

  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.  Instruction in methodology and practical coaching.

  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.

IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.):  Weekend 2

  • Practice on-field competencies.
  • Final on-field exam
This is a Pass/ Fail course. Candidates will either be granted a National D License, a D Certification or deemed to be Not Ready. Candidates granted a National D License are required to wait 12 months before applying for a C License. Candidates receiving a D Certificate must be re-tested before upgrading to a National D license. Candidates receiving a Not Ready must retake the entire course.  Candidates wishing to be re-tested must contact the State Director of Coaching and attend another Performance Review Phase of a scheduled D course. There is a $25 fee for re-testing.
 
Please note that the format of this course has changed as of September 1, 2013.  Each weekend is now separated by at least 12 weeks’ time to provide an opportunity to complete the Deliberate Practice Phase.  Courses must be scheduled accordingly, Deliberate Practice must be scheduled during a time of peak youth soccer activity.  In addition, registration for the National D license course must close 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the course to allow for completion of Preparation Phase activities.  Candidates must seek approval from the State Director of Coaching Education if they cannot meet the above deadline. 

Please click this link for more detailed course information and required pre-course resources.

Required reading prior to taking a D course.

The following material is required reading prior to starting the course:

This course is dsigned to fit nicely between a youth module course and the USSF E license.  The focus of the course is on the practical application of small sided games in both a training and competitive environments.  Field sessions focus on technical application of skills in small sided activities as well as practical demonstration of roles of players as they relate to the U6-U12 age groups.  Classroom discussion includes basic developmental theory combined with methodology of teaching children in a 6v6-9v9 environment.  Basic tactics in team shapes will be addressed as well.  The course is delivered over 7 hours and can be split into two halves, over two days if necessary. 
New York State West is now recognized by US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation as one of the few state associations with the required level of instructors with the expertise and experience to host both the National C and the National Youth License courses.
 
We intend to host both on a two-year cycle. This represents a marvelous opportunity for coaches seeking to gain these licenses without the added cost of traveling out of state. 

To learn more about the National Youth License please visit this link. 

To learn more about the National C License, please visit this link.

 

Courses

Cost per Student

Duration

Coaching 101 Course

Coaching 100 Series/Special Topics

*

**

1.5 hours

Youth Module Course

$39.00

4 hours

State Intermediate Certificate

$75.00

6 hours

State Goalkeeper Certificate

$75.00

6 hours

US Soccer E License Course

$135.00

18 hours

US Soccer D License Course

$270.00

36 hours

National Youth License

TBD

6 days

"C", "B", and "A" National Licenses

TBD

9 days

 

Club hosted course:

  • There will be no charge for a Club's Initial enrollment in this course.
  • A NYSW Coach Education Staff member will travel to your club and conduct the course. 
  • There is a course fee of $200.00 for the first 12 coaches and a $10.00 per coach fee for each coach over 12.

Course Candidates must come prepared to courses with the following items:

  • Completed pre-course work if required
  • A Soccer ball
  • Proper soccer clothing
  • Water
  • Pencil/pen and paper to take notes
  • Sunblock is highly recommended for weekend sessions
  • Shin guards (for field sessions)

Below is a chart featuring the accepted progression of license levels in coaching education: 

Youth Tract

 

Professional Tract

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

US Soccer Course Offerings

 

 

 

 

 A – License

National Youth License 

 

 

B - License

 

 

C - License

NYSWYSA Course Offerings

 

 

 

 

D – License (36 hours)

 

 

E – License (18 hours)

 

F- License (2 hours)

F-License (2 hours)

 

 State Intermediate Certificate 

(6 hours) 

 

 

State Goalkeeper Certificate 

(6 hours)

 

Youth Module Course 

(4 hours)

 

 

 

   *Coaching 100/Special Topics Series (1.5 hours)   

 

  Coaching Youth Soccer 101 

(1.5 hours) 

 

 

 
*Special Topics Series content can be modified for beginner, intermediate and/or advanced level audiences.
 
All courses are taught by NYSW State Staff Coaches who hold a National Coaching License. "D" course instructors hold either a USSF "A" or "B" National Coaching License. Youth Module instructors hold a National Youth License.