US Soccer and SC Youth Soccer Grassroots Coaching Education Pathway

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US Soccer and SC Youth Soccer Grassroots Coaching Education Pathway

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Below is information on the new US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Education Pathway. The new grassroots education pathway will be implemented across the country starting in January 2018. With the new coaching education pathway, the current F and E license will no longer be taught or be a part of the US Soccer Coaching Education Pathway or Curriculum.

The four (4) new licenses are as follows:

  • 4 vs. 4
  • 7 vs. 7
  • 9 vs. 9
  • 11 vs. 11

The Grassroots Pathway has been introduced to permit easy access/entry points into US Soccer’s Coaching Education Pathway. The new structure will allow a new coach to enter the pathway in two separate ways. The candidate may take the Online (OL) course OR take the In Person (IP) course. US Soccer is no longer requiring one course in order to take another course. This means a candidate does not have to take an OL course before taking the IP course. Each new coach will be required to complete a 20 minute online Foundations of US Soccer Coaching module before being able to proceed to either the OL or IP courses.

The new IP Licenses are four (4) hours each. It contains two (2) hours in the classroom and two (2) hours on the field. All US Soccer courses are set up and administered by the SC Youth Soccer Coaching Education Staff through US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC). Each In Person (IP) course will cost $50.00. Online (OL) courses will cost only $25.00.

Starting January 2018 the F license and E license will be discontinued. For current holders of the F and E license, US Soccer and SC Youth Soccer will continue to recognize both as a national license that meets all prerequisites and or coaching license standards. The US Soccer D license will remain in place and will continue to be taught by SC Youth Soccer Coaching Education. The new requirements to take the D license are as follows:

  • Hold a US Soccer E License
  • 2 in-person courses (one must be the 11 vs. 11 course) + 1 online course (new grassroots or old F License)

SC Youth Soccer is offering one more E license December 15 -17, 2017 at Columbia College.

SC Youth Soccer Coaching License Requirements.

We will look to implement the new requirements starting Fall of 2018.

Each “newly” registered coach with SC Youth Soccer will have a one season (Fall or Spring) grace period to coach before the below requirements must be met.

Recreational Level U4 – U8
Complete US Soccer Online 4 vs. 4
Recreational Level U9 – U12
Complete US Soccer In Person 7 vs. 7 or 9 vs. 9 license
Recreational Level U13 and above
Complete US Soccer In Person 11 vs. 11 license
Academy U8 – U12
Complete US Soccer In Person 7 vs.7 and/or 9 vs. 9 license
Open, Classic, Challenge U13 – U19
Head Coach – US Soccer D License
Assistant Coach 11 vs. 11 In Person License

The In Person licenses will require clubs to provide age appropriate players for the 2 hour field portion of the license.

If you have questions please contact Greg Vallee,  SCYS Technical Director at

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