January 2018 the US Soccer Federation will be changing the coaching education pathways

Update on major changes in coaching education and licensing


In January 2018 the US Soccer federation will be changing the coaching education pathway
that most of our coaches are familiar with. The new grassroots courses are designed
around a philosophy that “at the grassroots level kids learn and develop potential through
game like experiences in an enjoyable environment that supports individual growth.” The
new structure will encompass both online and in person courses that replace the US Soccer
F and E Licenses while the Development (D) License will replicate the old US Soccer D
License. All course participants will be required to register and complete some
coursework on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC). Your TN State Soccer Association will
continue to run these courses which begin in January 2018 and more details will be
provided later this year after meetings with the USSF Coaching Education staff and state
DOC’s at national meetings in Florida. This will establish the licensing process, prerequisite
entry points from the grassroots courses into the new D license and new
curriculum and methodology.


With guidance from US Soccer and input from coaching education staff we will be
reviewing the minimum coaching standards for coaches in TN and recommending policy to
our Board of Directors for implementation in the 2018/2019 seasonal year. Coaches
currently holding a USSF coaching license will maintain their license level and current
licensing standards remain in place through the 2017/2018 seasonal year.
Some coaches are currently in the process of taking a D license course over two weekends
with a 10 week minimum development period in between. Other “State D” or “D certificate”
or “D provisional status” holders will need to complete a D part 2 or a D retest (both
courses are held on the same weekends in the same locations but involve slightly different
assignments) weekend. If you need to complete (part 2 only) or retest in a National D
course before the current course is replaced with the new D (development) license you are
strongly encouraged to complete the National D course before the end of 2017 by
attending one of the three D license course locations this Winter.

CoachingCortnie Hewlett