The "D" Course
D LICENSE – Course Description

The National "D" license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

The National “D” course is administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.

What are the key components of the "D" license course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.

What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the 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.

The “D” license course is broken into four phases:

  I.  Preparation Phase

  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
  • Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.
  III.  Deliberate Practice Phase
  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
  • Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
  • Candidates are required to complete the three assigned training sessions on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner:
    • Download - D License Session Planner Instructions
    • Download - D License Session Planner
  • Candidates are required to complete a Self Reflection Form for each training session.
  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.

Course Assignment

  • Candidates are required to view an online presentation and complete a series of questions on Concussion Awareness. The assignment must be completed prior to the candidate receiving their final course results.
  • Visit this link to complete the online assignment.
  • Candidates are not required to print a certificate of completion.
  • A report will be automatically sent to U.S. Soccer and the State Association host upon completion.

“D” License Candidate Guidebooks

  • Download - “D” License Candidate Guidebook - English
  • Download - “D” License Candidate Guidebook - Spanish
  • Download - “D” License Goalkeeping Guidebook - English
  • Download - “D” License Goalkeeping Guidebook - Spanish

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Candidate Feedback

Submitting of Practice Plan Documents to:
NCYSA Coaching Education Department
Email: (Preferred)
Mail: PO Box 18229, Greensboro, NC 27419
Fax: 336-856-0204

$165.00 for a NCYSA Member/ $175.00 for a Non-member

Must have "E” license for 6 months before you can attend the "D” course

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