*Beginning in July of 2013, U.S. Soccer has implemented their updated curriculum and format for the "D" License coaching course.
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The National "D" License is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned the National "E" License*. The focus of this course is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams.
*As of January 1, 2013 - NO WAIVERS offered or allowed to bypass the "E" License and begin with the "D" course.
The National “D” course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations.
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 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.
The “D” license course is broken into four phases:
I. Preparation Phase
II. Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
- Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions (see session topics below).
III. Deliberate Practice Phase
- Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.
IV. Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
- Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions 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.
- 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.
U.S. Soccer Curriculum
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*Host organizations and participating coaches are encouraged to provide U13-U14 players for the course.