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Coaches - Education - D Course

How do I progress to the D License?

A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License (replacing the E and F Licenses). New coaches will use the U.S. Soccer Digital Learning Center to sign up for, and complete, a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:

  • Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11)

  • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Coaching candidates who have already completed or begun to take the E or F Licenses courses will have the following opportunities to use the certifications towards the D License prerequisites:

  • U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

  • U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license


In order to exercise the utmost caution against the COVID19 virus, as well as, deliver a premier education experience, North Carolina Youth Soccer is offering the D course in a new blended format.

Blended National D License

The Blended National D license is a 40 to 45-hour course, that begins in late 2020 with an online experience and ends with a one-day on-field component in early 2021. The course is designed for the grassroots coach working with youth players U6 to U13 in a participation driven environment​ and focuses on all four game models as outlined in the Player Development Initiatives (4v4 / 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11​).

The goals of the course are to help coaches understand how:

  • to create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision-making) 
  • to create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision-making)

The learning objectives of this course are to facilitate coach improvement in the Six Tasks of a Coach with an emphasis on developing the team and individual players by learning how: ​

  • to demonstrate an understanding of developmental stages & age characteristics
  • to observe the game, recognize formations and all player actions
  • to further develop a comprehensive understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology
  • to organize, execute and reflect on 2 Play-Practice-Play training sessions based on the same goal in 1 week
  • to demonstrate an understanding of how to inform, involve and inspire parents

Coaches who register for this course can expect weekly learning opportunities that will feature a mixture of independent learning using online modules and live virtual meetings led by a licensed U.S. Soccer Instructor. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to the internet and a web-camera/live video capabilities.  The virtual meetings will take place agreed upon days and times (see below). Coaches may be asked to participate in the field component as either coaches or players, so please come prepared to actively learn.  Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend all course meetings to be eligible to receive the license.

To view courses, click here - US Soccer Learning Center