Coaches' License Courses

Coaches Courses

Courses for recreational and professional coaches are sponsored by the USSF and the NSCAA.

1. Entry-level CYSA Courses

The United States Soccer Federation offers a range of courses for coaches. The initial courses, F through D are conducted by the state soccer federation, in our case, through the California Youth Soccer Federation.

The entry level course is a level F course, which teaches the basics of organizing practices and teaching basic skills to young players. The F course is typically held on a Friday evening for three hours of classroom instruction, followed by a Saturday on the field.

The next course is an E level course which is a Friday evening followed by Saturday and Sunday on the field. This course adds more advanced skills (such as "second defender") and is also highly recommended for recreational coaches.
View CYSA brochure of F through D coaching courses

2. USSF National Courses

Having acquired a D license, the United States Soccer Federation then offers higher-level coaches a series of ’national’ courses C through A.
Learn more about the entire series of F through A USSF coaching licenses

3. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Courses

The NSCAA also sponsors a full Coaching Education Program, which ranges from "Parent Coach" through several levels of advanced professional diplomas. NSCAA courses are held locally as well as in 50-hour residential programs.
Learn more about NSCAA courses


All TPSC competitive coaches are required to hold or be working on national licenses.