Wys Grassroots & National "d" Licenses

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WYS Grassroots & National "D" Licenses


The Grassroots courses focus on U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players in that specific game model (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).


All you need to get started with our Grassroots courses is a profile on our Digital Coaching Center.

Once you create a profile, you can begin watching our Introduction to Grassroots Module immediately. Once that’s done, you’ll be eligible to take our online Grassroots courses and sign up for our in-person Grassroots courses. 

To progress to the USSF D license, you need to watch our Introduction to Grassroots Module, complete one of the four online courses, and complete two of the four in-person courses (one must be 11v11).

Course Structure

  • Online courses are $25 and will take about 2 hours to complete.
  • In-person courses are 4 hours long and the prices are set by the state associations.

National "D" License

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

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 "D" License 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.

There are two parts to the "D" License course - Instructional and Performance.  Candidates must complete both parts.


  I.  Preparation Phase

  • Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions. [Link]
  • Candidates are required to complete the three (3) assigned training sessions and three (3) self-reflections on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner. [Link]
  • Candidate resource session planner tutorial. [Link]
  • Candidate resource U.S. Soccer number nomenclature. [Link]
  • 2015 "D" License Grading Rubric [Link]

  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 and three (3) self-reflections on the U.S. Soccer Session Planner 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.

  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

  • Final on-field exam.
  • Candidates have two (2) full years following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.

You must complete the following course work PRIOR to the course: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-d


Typical Course Schedule

First Weekend - Instructional Phase
Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*The candidate must wait a minimum of 10 weeks between the first and second weekends.

Second Weekend - Performance Phase
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Course schedules will vary due to specific facility availability – Each specific course schedule will be emailed to each candidate prior to the course.

Read the full U.S. Soccer National "D" License course description.

Please click on the "Register" button below to register for either course.