U.S. Soccer Grassroots License Courses Now Open
U.S. Soccer and Connecticut Junior Soccer Association are proud to announce the launch of four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated D License Course. Each of these educational opportunities are hosted by U.S. Soccer member organizations and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.
Go here to see CJSA course listings
Go to US Soccer Digital Coaching Center to Register for a course
Spanning four hours in length, each in-person course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach, among other topics. The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the course, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their players and the environment in which they interact.
“Grassroots is where soccer begins. It is these early experiences that spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help further improve those experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”
Together with U.S. Soccer, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association is committed to improving the experience and level of our players through empowering coaches with low barrier and easily accessible education.
How to Advance in the Coaching Pathway
A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses (replacing the E and F Licenses) now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. New coaches will use the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center to sign up for, and complete, a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:
- Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11)
- One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)
Coaching candidates who have already completed or begun to take the E or F License courses will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:
- U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
- U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license
For information regarding schedule, please contact Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Director of Coaching, Mario Prata, firstname.lastname@example.org
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