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National C License

General Info



Course Details: 

The U.S. Soccer National C License hosted by Kansas Youth Soccer is an online and in-person course. This blended format combines an online experience, assignments, small group meetings, independent learning, and an in-person. Meeting.

Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend all course meetings and complete all assignments to be eligible to receive the license. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

To be register for the U.S. Soccer C course, all candidates must meet the following prerequisites: 

•     At least 18 years of age

•     Have held a U.S. Soccer D license for at least 6 months OR meet the waiver guidelines 

•     Access to a team (U13+) in a participation environment for the duration of the course 

Course Experience

80+ hours (virtual + in-person meetings) 

Coaches who register for this course can expect weekly learning opportunities that will feature a mixture of independent learning using online modules, live virtual meetings, and a 4-day in-person meeting led by a licensed U.S. Soccer Educator. Coaches will be asked to participate in discussions so each person should have access to the internet and a laptop/device with web camera/live video capabilities. The virtual meetings will take place on agreed-upon days and times with instructor of course. Coaches may be asked to participate in the in-person field component as either coaches or players, so please come prepared to actively learn. 

Course duration:

Four (4) Months (Including summative assessment) with Four (4) in-person days

  • Virtual meetings (Large group/small group)
  • Videos
  • Individual meetings with Coach Educator
  • Independent learning and investigation/research
  • Individual assignments 
  • Collaborative projects


Formative Assessment (course assignments during the course) in

  • Leadership and Managing the Performance Environment 
  • Leading the player within the team
  • Team performance observation-analysis
  • Coaching Games
  • Coaching Training Sessions

Summative Assessment (Final projects at the end of the course) in ·  

  •  Coaching Games
  • Team performance analysis report
  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Designing two (2) training session plans (within one week)
  • Coaching one (1) training session (video)




To assess, organize, design, and implement strategies for player and team development in a participation environment


Learning is designed around:

· U.S. Soccer Style of Play

· U.S. Soccer Player Development Framework

o   Ages and stages of development

o   Objectives for U13-U17

· U.S. Soccer Coaching process related to training

o   U.S. Soccer methodology

o   Sessions in a week - two (2) per week

· U.S. Soccer Coaching process related to the game

o   Game management

o   Game analysis - observational structure and team performance analysis



· Understanding and applying the coach profile in relation to the participation environment

· Understanding and applying an ongoing commitment to learning and self-development based on one own’s coaching philosophy, beliefs, and values

· Understanding how to create a positive and safe environment which champions components of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

· Planning and implementing an observational process for understanding team performance

· Analyzing and reflecting on team game performance relative to the game plan

· Planning a game plan based on the Game Model aligned with developmentally appropriate needs of players and team relative to the training week

· Implementing the game plan and organizing a safe and inclusive game day environment

· Assessing player and team needs and identifying developmentally appropriate training goals and objectives aligned with the Game Model

· Planning and designing the training week, sessions, and activities aligned with the Game Model

· Implementing and monitoring the principles of planning to program training sessions and activities within the week aligned with the Game Model

· Analyzing and reflecting on two (2) developmentally appropriate training sessions within the week aligned with the Game Model

· Understanding and assessing the developmental needs of players related to the U.S. Soccer Player Development Framework

· Creating a player-centered and safe environment that promotes a positive coach-player relationship

· Understanding the characteristics of the team and creating a positive team culture



For U.S. Soccer's Full course description:  CLICK HERE




Coaching Education Contact

Paul Fabry 
Director of Coaching