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"D" License/Certificate

The "D" license/certificate is a mid-level course and is mandatory for all TN competitive head coaches in division 2 (D2).  This is a 36-hour combined field and classroom instruction with coaching and teaching methodology built up from the E course.  This course is broken down to 2 main parts (Part 1 and Part 2).   You can get your National "D" License or "D" Certificate at this course.

Part 1: The 1st weekend event has 5 pre course lesson plans which follow the E license that will need to be completed in able to attend this 1st weekend of the D course.  Part 1 weekend also has lecture and field sessions.

In-between Part 1 and Part 2:  Coaches perform another 5 lesson plans before attending the part 2.

(There is a mandatory 10 weeks that candidates must take between part 1 and part 2 to allow for the lesson plans to be completed and to work on what was learned during part 1)

Part 2:  The second section of the D course has lectures and field sessions followed with field testing on the last day.


  • Intermediate stage of Athlete Development
  • Team management
  • Coaching technique
  • Coaching tactics
  • Principles of play in a training environment (7v7 to 9v9)
  • 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
  • Match analysis
  • Systems of play

Course Length: 36 hours of instruction + 6 hours of pre-course work

  • 17 hour classroom
  • 19 hour field


  • Practical field session

Testing Results:

  • Candidates will receive National "D" License, "D" Certificate or Not Ready (must take course again)
  • It takes about 1 week to receive your results and two weeks to get paperwork back.
  • Candidates receiving a "D" Certificate grade will be allowed to re-test for the National "D" License after a six month waiting period.


  • Please go to "D" re-test for more specific information on the overview page
  • Must wait a minimum of 6 months before being able to re-test



  • "E" License
  • Minimum age – 18 years old

Pre-Course Assignments:

  • Pre-course assignments are 5 specific lesson plans that must be completed and turned in two week prior to the course.  For assignments click here


  • Free for current registered TSSA members
  • Non-Members are $70

"D" License FAQ’s from USSF

It is mandatory for head coaches coaching Division 2 (D2) to have this license.

To see a list of available TN coaching courses, click here.

To go back to the TN coaching education program overview page, click here.

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