Cal North is sanctioned to host all US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Education Pathway Modules through our Coaching Education program. Below are our guidelines to applying to host a course, getting ready for your course, and what to do once the course has completed.
New Grassroots Modules: (IP-In Person): Each module is 4 hrs. in length and includes 2 hrs. in a classroom, and 2 hours on the field, except the D Course.
Updated National D
Cal North Coaching Course Application Process:
- Complete the application and submit to the Cal North office a minimum of 30 working days prior to the 1st day of the course. The D Course will require 60 working days prior to the first course meeting.
- You will then be contacted by email from the Cal North Office, with detailed instructions and the name of the Instructor that has been assigned to your course.
- Your Module/Course will be posted on the Cal North website: See the Coaching Education Calendar.
All Modules need to be hosted in sets of 2 (unless pre-approved). The first module will be 8:00-12:00 and the second Module will be from 1:00-5:00 (each Module is 4 hours). All modules are in a 1-2-1 or 2-2 format:
(1 hr. Classroom/ 2 hrs. Field/ 1 hr. Classroom) or (2 hrs. Classroom/2 hrs. Field)
There will no longer be a hosting fee, as all coaches will register for the Modules via the DCC (Digital Coaching Center) and pay for their course at the time of registration.
- Communicate with the Instructor, before the course begins.
- Publicize your course to coaches.
- Direct coaches on how to register
- Minimum of 10 coaches enrolled required to avoid Module cancellation.
- Maximum of 12 coaches per Module (No exceptions).
- Refund Policy is posted on the Module Information page.
- All attendees must register via the DCC. (https://dcc.ussoccer.com/)
- Coaches cannot be added as a “walk-in” after the closed date.
- A league must provide a lined soccer field with goals, (appropriate size for Module/Course) and access to a restroom.
- Meeting space set-up in classroom fashion
- Provide players of the Appropriate age for the course or Module
- Be at the location of the course 30 minutes prior to the start time to unlock the building/field, meet instructor and greet coaches.
Registration for all Courses/Modules is ran through the Digital Coaching Center (DCC)
- Attendees must logon to https://dcc.ussoccer.com/
- Open a profile.
- US Soccer requires everyone to take the “Introduction to Grassroots Coaching” prior to taking their first course on the DCC.
After completing the Coaching Course/Module
- Upon completion a coach will be able to download and print their license from their profile on the DCC.
- All license/certificate records will be on file with US Soccer, with duplicates available free of charge from a coaches personal profile.
Cal North Office/Digital Coaching Center (DCC):
- Once a completed Module/Course application is received and processed, the dates need to be approved
- There are a limited number of qualified/approved Instructors to teach. Instructor availability must be confirmed before dates can be approved.
- Once course dates are confirmed, the course will be posted on the DCC, by the Office Programs Coordinator.
- Programs Coordinator will send the Module/Course Coordinator a link to the online registration for the course.
- Programs Coordinator can keep the Module/Course Coordinator apprised of enrollment in order to make sure the course fills.
How to Register for a Module/Course:
- Any eligible coach wishing to register for a Module/Course will need to log on to the Digital Coaching Center, choose a Module/Course on the list they wish to register for and select that event.
- All coaches should register timely as all courses will now have an “Open for Registration Date” and a “Closed for Registration Date”. Coaches cannot be added as a “walk-in” after the closed date.
- All coaches registering will be charged the course fee plus the US Soccer surcharge of $25.00. Once the coach is registered they will receive a confirmation of course enrollment.
- Any written coursework will be done through the DCC.
- Homework Due dates are listed for each course
- Once enrolled, all course communication is done via the “Communication tab” for each course in the DCC.
- Once the coach has completed all coursework, and are awarded their license, they can download and print their license from their profile page.
- The refund/Transfer policy: Please see Course/Module description
- Refund, if eligible will be issued by State Association, not US Soccer.
Hosting a National D Course in your community:
Applying to Host a National D course requires planning 2-3 months in advance. If you wish to have a D course in your community, please submit the course application, a minimum of 60 working days in advance. You will be contacted by the State TD or Office. Please do not advertise or book any location until a course has been approved in your area.
Minimum Hosting requirements:
- The D course is 2 Meetings, Meeting #1 (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday all day), and 4-6 weeks later, Meeting #2 (Saturday and Sunday all day). (36-40 Hrs.) Schedule will be sent to course coordinator upon approval.
- Full size soccer field with goals
- Must have restrooms
- Must have restrooms
- Soccer Players
- All Field Sessions will age appropriate youth soccer players for the Demo sessions. Please refer to the course schedule provided by the instructor.
- Coach Requirements
A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. Specifically, candidates must have completed 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 earned the E or F License will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:
- S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
- S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license
The National D course is managed and administrated by the Cal North Office and registration will be through the Digital Coaching Center (DCC). All enrolled candidates will be able to communicate with the course instructor via the communications tab for their course.
- The staff instructor will have access to the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) for the Module/Course that they are assigned, in order to grade course work, post feedback and communicate with the candidates.
- At the end of the course the final grading will be posted in the DCC on each coach’s profile, where they will be able to download and print their license.
For additional information to Host a Grassroots Coaching Education Module or Course, please contact the Cal North Office Programs Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org