As part of US Soccer’s upgraded professional coaching pathway the "D" License has undergone changes in curriculum and formatting of the course. The new “D” License course will start in the summer of 2013.
The “D” License consists of theoretical (classroom) and practical (field) instruction on teaching the four components of soccer -- technique, tactics, fitness and psychology -- as they relate to games between 1v1 and 11v11. The course also includes an extensive “methods” component, designed to improve the pedagogical skills of participating coaches and prepare candidates for the US Soccer national coaching schools.
The “D” License includes a formal testing process to qualify coaches for the national coaching schools. Coaches are assessed on their ability to create and implement a written lesson plan and conduct a training session based on a specific soccer problem. The D license is based on coaching 11-a-side soccer. The "E" License is a required prerequisite for the "D" License.
The new D License will now have four steps:
Step 1: Individual Preparation: Candidate must prepare five lesson plans to be submitted to the instructor on the first day of the Group Instruction weekend (See Part A of the D course for the lesson plan topics and lesson plan template.)
Step 2: Group Instruction (Part A) This step is the traditional first weekend of the two-weekend course. During this weekend candidates will work on field sessions and go through the course methodology. (Attendance and participation is mandatory for all sessions.)
Step 3: Deliberate Coaching After completing the first weekend of the course, candidates will have the opportunity to develop their ideas about the coaching process in their local environments. Candidates will work on a minimum of five or the twelve field sessions during the next playing season before enrolling in the final weekend of the course, the Performance Review Part B. (An example of one playing season is as follows: Taking Part A in the winter makes a candidate eligible to enroll in Part B in the summer. Candidates attending Part A in the summer are eligible to enroll in Part B in the winter.)
Step 4: Performance Review (Part B) This is the final coaching assessment weekend, which includes classroom sessions and practical field-testing. Candidates must wait a minimum of one playing season before enrolling in the Performance Review weekend, Part B. Attendance and participation is mandatory for all sessions. (An example of one playing season is as follows: Taking Part A in the winter makes a candidate eligible to enroll in Part B in the summer. Candidates attending Part A in the summer are eligible to enroll in Part B in the winter.)
There are three possible outcomes for “D” License candidates:
- Coaches can be assessed as capable of succeeding at the national coaching schools and awarded a “National D License”.
- Coaches can be assessed as not ready for the national coaching schools and awarded a “State D Certificate”. Coaches who wish to proceed in the national coaching schools will need to retest at a future D License course after at least one playing season.
- Coaches who fail to complete the course requirements or who fail to demonstrate the minimum competencies to pass the course will be awrded a certificate of attendance.
Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
The minimum number of candidates for the course is 24. The maximum number of candidates is determined by the size of the facility and staffing. The course roster will be finalized two weeks before the course begins. Those wishing to attend the D License course must have successfully completed an E certificate or license. There is a six month waiting period after earning an E license before a candidate can enroll in a D course. There are no waivers for this course.
The registration fee for Part A is $100 and $125 for non-MSYSA members. The registration fee for Part B is $100 and $125 for non-MSYSA members.
Before you move to the registration page for a "D" course, please make sure you have access to a credit card and your E license number in order to complete the registration process.
Click here for more information about Part A and to Register for Part A.
Click here for more information about Part B and to Register for Part B.
Courses usually take place during the summer and winter months. Courses are listed as clubs elect to host a course.
What to bring: Applicants should bring a size 5 soccer ball, water, training suit, sweat suit, or any form of action clothing, gym shoes, soccer cleats, and writing materials. Candidates are expected to participate in each session. There will be a one hour lunch break for coaches. Coaches may either bring their own lunch or go to lunch off site.
"D" license candidates are encouraged to read the following supplementary materials
Refund Policy for MSYSA educational courses:
- There are no refunds or course transfers once the course roster is set two weeks prior to the course.
- Refund request prior to two weeks before the course begins will be granted only if a qualified replacement can be found for the course.
A minimum number of candidates (24) is required for each course by US Soccer.