The Four Things You Need To Know About U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to The Grassroots Coaching Module
In an effort to improve the quality of coaching at all levels, U.S. Soccer has revamped its Coaching License pathway.
The pathway begins with the online Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module that is available to all coaches at no cost. The introductory module is an educational tool that introduces and familiarizes coaches with U.S. Soccer’s coaching education philosophy and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Coaches who complete the introductory module will also be provided four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions, which are introduced in the introductory module.
Upon completion of the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module, coaches will be permitted to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses that focus on 4×4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 sided games outlined in the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives. Each area of focus offers both an online and in-person course for a total of 8 Grassroots Licenses.
Below are the four things you need to know about the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:
How do you take it?
To take the module, you must have a Digital Coaching Center (DCC) profile. If you do not have one, you can create one for free in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center. After you have created an account, log in to your profile, and select “Courses” from the top menu. Under the “Available Courses” tab, you will see the option to “Begin Course” the introductory module. Once that’s clicked, the module will launch, and you will on your way to completing your first Grassroots License!
Who can take the module?
Anyone can take the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. There is no prerequisite. It is available to anyone with a Digital Coaching Center profile. Although it serves as an introduction, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department highly encourages people of all experience levels to participate. Since it is designed to be an educational tool and preview of future courses, all those involved with U.S. Soccer’s philosophy will benefit from taking part in the new experience.
Why is this being introduced into the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education License Pathway?
The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module familiarizes coaches with U.S. Soccer’s approach at the grassroots level, including key terms and concepts that coaches will be exposed to throughout their coaching pathway progression. This cost-free introduction experience will provide coaches with information, resources and first-hand experience as to how the grassroots courses will function. The module is also an opportunity for coaches to get acquainted with the electronic learning portal through which the online courses will be delivered, the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center.
How will I know I have completed it?
Once the introductory module has been completed, the achievement will be visible within the DCC course classroom and participants will be sent a confirmation email. While the completion of the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module does not result in a U.S. Soccer coaching license, coaches will gain the opportunity to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses of their choosing, across the four grassroots levels: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 (in-person and online).