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National E License

U.S. Soccer Coaching certification begins at the state level. The National "E" is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepare interested coaches for the 36-hour "D" license course.

The National "E" course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact Gary Stephenson

What is the "E" License?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • Establish a 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?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9 v 9 adaptable to local competition structure)

"E" License Candidate Guidebook

  • Download - "E" License Candidate Guidebook - English
  • Download - "E" License Candidate Guidebook - Goalkeeping

U.S. Soccer Curriculum
Learn more about the U.S. Soccer Curriculum - More Info

Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments. Candidates must complete two (2) Laws of the Game assignments and a Concussion Awareness course. In addition, candidates must choose to complete two team management assignments. Each assignment must be submitted during the opening lecture. 

1.    Laws of the Game
Part A – Complete the U.S. Soccer Referee exam ("E" License candidates are required to complete modules 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)
* Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.
Part B - Research and write a brief report on the rationale of modified small-sided games rules.
Contact your local League or soccer organization to locate the modified rules of play for the team that you coach. Read and review the modifications for the following FIFA Rules:
1 Field, 2 Ball, 3 Players, 5 Referee, 6 Assistant Referee, and 7 Duration of Game.

A Spanish version of the Laws of the Game will be available in 2013. More details will be available soon.

2. Team Management - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf) coming soon
3. Risk Management Assignment
Concussion Awareness - English (online)
* Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online concussion assignment, you may request a CD-ROM version of the course from the CDC at no cost. If you would like to order a copy of the course on CD-ROM, visit the CDC publication order form.

You may also contact ncipcdirinfo@cdc.gov or print and use the written test below.

Concussion Awareness - Spanish: Script | Quiz

Course Itinerary
18 Hours Total: plus Pre –course Independent Study
6 Hours - Theory in Classroom
10 Hours - Practical Field Sessions 
2 Hours - Practical Coaching with Candidates
Candidates must be at 16 years of age

Strongly Recommend
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer F & G Certificates
What to bring
What to bring to the course: Although it is not required, all candidates will be asked to participate in order to illustrate the instructors' sessions and candidate’s practical sessions, so wear comfortable clothes and bring extra gear if necessary. We recommend you bring a water bottle, pen or pencil, notebook, fully inflated ball and cleats (or running shoes or indoor soccer shoes if you have an indoor location). Water and lunch (Candidates will have 1 hour to travel off site for lunch if so desired.)
1.   Candidate’s Notebook
2.   Completed assignment #1
3.   Completed assignment #2
4.   Completed assignment #3
5.   Practice plan

Candidates with any disabilities or health concerns that might limit their participation in activities should notify a staff member before the start of the course. We want to make sure you have the best experience possible at our courses!

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