Certifications and LicensesWisconsin Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation provide instruction to any individual member regardless of their coaching or playing background. The content of each course is arranged progressively so that instruction relates to specific age groups. Organized in the same manner as the U.S. Soccer national coaching schools for the ‘C’, ‘B’ and ‘A’ license, the state level courses are ‘Y1’ Certificate (formerly ‘G’ Certificate), ‘Y2’ Certificate (U9-U12), ‘E’ Certificate and ‘D’ License.
All scheduled courses have limits on the number of participants based on requirements regarding material covered, facilities and availability of instructional staff. Course registration will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or on the Registration End Date, whichever is earlier.
‘A’ License Course
The National ‘A’ License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National ‘A’ License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 21 years old and have earned the National ‘B’ License (held for minimum of 12 months) and meets 3.2 Rule requirement
‘B’ License Course
The National ‘B’ License Course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players age 16 to college level. The National ‘B’ License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels and will prepare those coaches who wish to pursue the National ‘A’ License.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 19 years old and have earned a National ‘C’ License (held for minimum of 12 months) and meets 3.2 Rule requirement
‘C’ License Course
The National ‘C’ License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 11 – 14. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves.
A primary emphasis in the National ‘C’ License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. In this course, technique and tactics will be addressed together. In practice field sessions and the final field exam, the candidate is required to address the impact that technique has on tactics.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 18 years old and have earned a National ‘D’ License held for a minimum of 12 months
‘D’ License Course
Beginning January 2013, the ‘D’ License course will consist of four phases designed to prepare coaches to develop coaching competencies for teaching U13 through U14 players. The format of the course is a guided, candidate focused approach and consists of two weekends of practical coaching, instruction and evaluation. Candidates will also complete preparatory assignments and interim training sessions.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 18 years old and hold an ‘E’ Certificate for a minimum of 6 months
‘D’ License Upgrade Course
Candidates who earned a 'D' Certificate or a State 'D' and wish to attain a National “D” License, must satisfy the following requirements at a future “D” course:
Complete an additional set of five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of three months before participating in a future Performance Review Phase.
Pre-register, attend and participate in any future Performance Review Phase offered by the original host organization or U.S. Soccer (Note: candidates must attend the entire Performance Review Phase).
Successfully complete the Performance Review regardless of the number of previous “Not Ready” categories.
Candidates are offered the opportunity to attend and participate in the Instructional Phase of any future "D" License at no additional charge. (This is not a required).
‘E’ License Course
The ‘E’ License is an 18-hour course targeted towards coaches teaching U10-U14 players. The course's major focus is preparing coaches to enhance the technical competence of developing players. Dribbling, heading, passing, shooting, receiving and goalkeeping techniques are all addressed, and small-sided match related games are provided for coaches so that they can create an enjoyable, but challenging learning experience for players.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 16 years old
The ‘Y2’ Certificate is a 3 hour introductory course aimed at coaches working with U10-U14 children playing recreational soccer. The course exposes coaches to some of the bare essentials involved in coaching young players. The traits of young players are briefly discussed as well as a coaching checklist and loads of appropriate activities. Please bring a ball and come dressed to play.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 14 years old.
The ‘Y1’ Certificate is a 3 hour introductory course aimed at coaches working with U6-U10 children playing recreational soccer. The course exposes coaches to some of the bare essentials involved in coaching young players. The traits of young players are briefly discussed as well as a coaching checklist and loads of appropriate activities.Please bring a ball and come dressed to play.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be 14 years old.