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E License


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

The National “E” course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact Amy Fogle for more information on these courses and course schedules.

If your club would like to schedule a course please complete the Request To Host A Coaching Course form and submit it to Amy Fogle.

What are the key components of the "E" license course?

  • 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 U.S. Soccer's 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 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).

“E” License Candidate Guidebooks

  • Download - “E” License Candidate Guidebook - English
  • 2014 Version Available Soon - “E” License Candidate Guidebook - Spanish
  • Download - “E” License Goalkeeping Guidebook - English
  • 2014 Version Available Soon - “E” License Goalkeeping Guidebook - Spanish

*The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.

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

Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete USSF F License and 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.


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)
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.


Team Management - English (.pdf) | Spanish (Coming Soon)


Risk Management Assignment
- Concussion Awareness - English (online): Script | Quiz
* Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.


Prevention and Care Webinar (Watch)

Candidates must complete a webinar on Prevention and Care.  This must be completed in order to be eligible for an E License.

What to bring

Inflated soccer ball

Clip board and pen

Candidates should dress in order to participate in soccer activities to the best of their ability.

Water and lunch (Candidates will have 1 hour to travel off site for lunch if so desired.)

Candidate’s Notebook

Completed assignment #1 Laws of the game

Completed assignment #2 Team Management

Completed assignment #3 Risk management

Practice plan

Age requirements: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

Cost: $135.00

Pre-requisites: The F license will be required to take the E license.