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USSF D License Course

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The "D" License course designed for the experienced coach who has already received training at the "E" level or who has several years of coaching and/or playing experience. The focus of this course is to improve individual’s and team’s ability. The "D" is a licensing course offered under the auspices of the U.S.Soccer Federation through affiliated members at the state level. In order to maintain consistency in the delivery and execution of the course the following objectives, expectations and grading policies for the "D" License course have been established. Successful completion of the "D "course certifies coaches with either a State or National "D" License. Both licenses are non-expiring and are awarded following the completion of both theoretical and practical testing. Coaches wishing to take this course should submit the application for the course (see below).

Objectives for the "D" License
  • To prepare coaches by expanding their knowledge and understanding of the technical and tactical demands of the game and the developmental process necessary for players.
  • To provide an understanding of practical coaching methodology and the framework necessary to prepare players and a team for competition.
  • To prepare coaches for whom this represents their final coaching course as well as those who plan to pursue an advanced U.S. Soccer Federation National Coaching License.

Expectations of Candidates
  • Participate in all activities (field, lecture and discussion groups).
  • Demonstrate coaching ability and basic soccer knowledge.

  • Minimum Age: 18 years of age
  • Must have earned and held an E level Coaching License for a minimum of 6 months. (USSF E License is highly recommended).

Course Length:
  • 36 Hours

  • First Weekend (Friday afternoon , Saturday, Sunday)
    • 6 hrs. Classroom
    • 12 hrs. Field
  • Second Weekend (Friday afternoon , Saturday, Sunday)
    • 6 hrs. Classroom
    • 12 hrs. Field

  • Yes
    • National D: National D License*
    • State D: State D Certificate (must re-test to receive National D)
    • Not Ready: Must re-take the course

Course Size:
  • Limited to 12 candidates per group, 2 groups per course.

  • $275 for Cal North Members
  • $375 for Non Cal North Members


All candidates will receive a digialt USSF "D" course manual and upon completion a Course License.

*Waiting period: Candidates wishing to attend a U.S. Soccer National Coaching School to take the "C" License course must have earned and held a National "D" License for a minimum of 12 months.


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