Coaching Courses


2018/19 Coaching Course Schedule - ASSA Courses. 

Look below for Pre-course homework on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) to the specific course and more details about each course...

Assignments need to be done prior to the first class session












Grassroots 7v7 IP  January 29, 2019; 1-5 PM Texarkana, TX OPEN      


  • Payment for all courses can be made online. 

For a more complete list of coaching education courses offered across the country, please refer to the following links:


Hyperlink US Soccer Courses

Hyperlink US Soccer "C" License Retesting Dates
Hyperlink US Soccer Courses (State-hosted)

Hyperlink US Youth Soccer Courses (State-hosted)

Hyperlink NSCAA Courses


Do you qualify for GI Bill benefits? The Department of Veteran's Affairs is offering eligible veterans reimbursement for attending a US Soccer National Coaching Course. Eligible veterans who attend the "A", "B", "C", National Youth, or National Goalkeeping course may be eligible for course fee reimbursement.

For more details: Hyperlink US Soccer website.

Coaching Modules

Coaching modules are open to all coaches, parents, and administrators. These 2-hour clinics provide age-appropriate guidance for coaching players in the U6/U8 or U10/U12 age groups. These courses are free to our ASSA member organizations!  Schedule one today!







D License Coaching Course

This 40+-hour course is designed to prepare coaches working with U13 and older players by expanding their understanding of the technical and tactical demands of the game and the developmental process necessary for players of these ages. In addition, the course covers practical coaching methods and teaches the framework necessary to prepare players and teams for competition. This course is conducted over two weekends which are separated by a "practice period" of approximately two months. The fee is $225 for ASSA members and $275 for non-members.  You will also need to pay the US Soccer mandated fee of $25 for the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).  All homework and assignments will be done using the DCC.  When you register for the DCC please add yourself to the waitlist and we will send an invitation to you for the course once the ASSA registration fee is paid.  

Successful completion of the D License course certifies coaches with either a National D License, D Provincial or a Not Ready final score. Both licenses are non-expiring and are awarded following the completion of both theoretical and practical testing. Candidates wishing to attend a US Soccer National Coaching School to take the C License course must have earned and held a National D License for a minimum of 12 months.

Coaches who would like to upgrade from a Not Ready, D Provincial, or D Certificate can register at the D Test Center for the Second weekend of the course for $75.  Please contact ASSA for your assigned topic and lesson plan guidelines prior to the course.  

If you received a Provisional status in 2016, you will register for the D Provisional at no charge if it's within a year of your original Provisional status.  You must wait six months after you received your provisional status.  You will also need to register for the course on the DCC.  

Coaches who already hold a D License can audit the course to obtain a "refresher".  Auditing coaches will participate in all sessions, but will not be tested.  This is especially recommended for coaches who have not attended a coaching course in the past five years, or who are preparing to attend a C License course in the near future.  The cost for the D Audit registration is $100.

Participating coaches must be at least 18 years old, and must already hold the "E" License (waivers of the "E" prerequisite are no longer available). Candidates will be evaluated on their coaching ability, and not their playing ability. However, candidates will be expected to participate in a significant number of field sessions, and thus are encouraged to prepare in advance for the physical demands of the course. If you have a condition that will limit your participation in the course, please notify the Director of Coaching in advance so that accommodations can be made.

Required Assignments prior to attending the D License Course: Digital Coaching Center

Typical schedule (two weekends, several months apart):

  • Friday -- 3.5 hours (evening, 6:00pm - 9:30pm)

  • Saturday -- 8 hours (all day, 8:00am - 5:00pm)

  • Sunday -- 8 hours (all day, 8:00am - 5:00pm)

Course Format All Homework MUST BE DONE on Digital Coaching Center:

Click green highlighted for:  Frequently Asked Questions and Help on the DCC 

  • Preparation Phase- Candidates are required to complete three (3) assigned training sessions (see session topics below).  Write, create on the DCC, run the session with players, and review each lesson plan PRIOR to the FRIDAY night session at 6pm.

  • Instructional Phase (D Course Part 1)- Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.

  • Deliberate Practice Phase (Minimum 10 Week Waiting Period)-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

  • Performance Review Phase (D Course Part 2)- 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.  Any incomplete candidates will fail the course and must retake the whole course.  


National Youth Coaching Course

The National Youth Coaching Course, a US Youth Soccer course, focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 years old, and each day of the course focuses on one of the traditional soccer age groups of U6, U8, U10 or U12. Each day, children of the appropriate age group are brought to the course site so the candidates can work with them in a practice training session. The candidates are videotaped while coaching the kids and the video is reviewed with each candidate to aid in the education of the coach. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions. The course concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. The course is $600 for 36-hours of instruction.

The complete list of required reading prior to attending this course is available on the US Youth Soccer web site. We also strongly recommend that you download and read The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual before attending this course. 

The prerequisite for the NYCC is the “E” license or a written waiver from the hosting state association technical director.

The candidate pre-course assignments are:

  1. Candidates must complete the on-line concussion course from the CDC (turn in the certificate at course check-in or electronically prior to the course):

  2. Candidates must complete the Laws of the Game exam (turn in the exam at course check-in):

  3. Candidates must complete the on-line Coaching Healthy Habits clinic (turn in the certificate at course check-in or electronically prior to the course):

  4. Candidates must complete the on-line clinic on writing training session plans prior to the start of the course:


We will hold the coaching course lectures at the Crown Plaza (201 S Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211).  We have a block of rooms under the National Youth Coaching Course for $89/night.  Just call and make reservations 501-223-3000.  

Field Sessions will be at Burns Park in North Little Rock, AR.  Please bring clothes to wear for training sessions including flats, cleats, water, and a ball. 

Typical schedule (two weekends):

  • Friday --  5:00pm-9:00pm

  • Saturday -- 8:00am-6:00pm

  • Sunday -- 8:00am-5:00pm


National Soccer Coaches Association of America

The NSCAA Coaching Course Menu is designed with flexibility in mind for coaches to choose their desired level of entry based on previous experience. Development courses all offer unique material and can be taken in any order. We recommend reading each course description to determine the best fit for you; make sure to pay attention to any potential prerequisites.

NSCAA 4v4 Course

This three hour in-person course is designed for coaches with players ages 8 and under. The curriculum is packed with age-appropriate training activities around a 4v4 game structure.

Time Commitment: 3 hours  Friday night 6-9:30pm both lecture and field sessions
*No prerequisite

NSCAA 7v7/9v9 Course

This combined course for the next level of coaching is a nine hour in-person course focused on the 9-12 year old player. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.

Time Commitment: 9 hours      Sunday 8am-6pm      Lectures and field sessions    *No prerequisite

NSCAA Goalkeeper Level One

The overall objective of the Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma is to explore some of the myths and mystiques surrounding the goalkeeping function. The six-hour course is directed towards the team coach - not the specialist goalkeeper coach. The object is to empower the coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable the coach to evaluate a goalkeeper in game situations and then design an appropriate practice program for goalkeepers in and outside of team practices. The course includes lecture (theory) and field (practical) sessions.

Time Commitment: 6 hours    Friday night 6-9:30pm, Saturday 8-11am     Lectures and field sessions
Testing: No

NSCAA Goalkeeper Level Two

The overall objective of the Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma is to create an optimal learning environment for this specialized position. The 12-hour course is geared towards the specialist goalkeeping coach and the team coach looking for in-depth information surrounding the coaching of goalkeepers. The course includes both lecture (theory) and field (practical) sessions. An NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I Diploma is a prerequisite for this course.

Time Commitment: 12 hours   Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 8-5pm   Lectures and field sessions
Testing: No