Youth coaches in TN must have a coaching license depending on the division in which they are coaching. A one year, once in a lifetime waiver may be granted for coaches without the required licensing level to coach a team.

Changes to the US Soccer Federation coaching education pathway implemented in 2018 are explained here: including recognition of licenses obtained in previous formats.

If you are currently hold a US Soccer E or National D license that was issued by The TN State Soccer Association please register with the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center, Once you have registered with the Digital Coaching Center and entered your license details, TN State Soccer will be able to verify your licenses and you can print copies from the DCC. (Please note, only candidates who received a National grade for their D license will be able to upload details on the DCC and be eligible to move onto the US Soccer C License). Coaches obtaining USSF licenses from other state soccer associations can also upload their license details, but those can only be verified by the issuing state association.

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Coaches in TN must have a coaching license depending on the division they are coaching. 

Division 1

USSF National D license or United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National Diploma


Division 2 - 

Provisional D/ State D Certificate

*Coaches who have taken a D license course but not passed at the National level were awarded a “provisional” grade. The US Soccer Federation ONLY recognizes a National pass. The TN State Soccer Association recognizes the provisional grade as the equivalency of a “D State certificate.” The holder of a D state certificate meets requirements to coach Division 3 AND Division 2 youth teams.


Division 3 - 

National E License


SOCCER JUNIORS U11-U12

National E License


SOCCER JUNIORS U9-U10

National F License


Division 4

No Requirements


The US Soccer Federation does not grant waivers into the coaching education pathway to coaches holding any other US soccer affiliate coaching certificates or diplomas.

The US Soccer Federation does not recognize foreign grassroots coaching licenses as equivalencies to bypass US Soccer coaching education pathway levels.

For information regarding licensing waivers, please visit www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/faq or contact US Soccer directly.

Coaching Licenses do not expire. The only exception is the USSF ‘A’ License, which needs to be renewed every 4 years. Currently US Soccer is evaluating potential changes to the renewal process