Earlier this year, the US Soccer Federation launched its Digital Coaching Center (DCC), which included a National US Soccer "F" license. While NJYS encourages new coaches to take advantage of this content, the US Soccer National "F" License does not meet the minimum standards for coaches addressed in NJ’s Little League Law. Therefore, the NJYS “F” course continues to be required to obtain a NJYS Coaches Pass (this applies to InterCounty & Travel Coaches). The 2-hour US Soccer "F' License course will be considered sufficient for Micro & Recreation coaches.
The US Soccer "F" license is a two-hour online course that costs $25.00 paid to US Soccer. This online course cost includes a one year membership to the Digital Coaching Center. Please be advised that completion of the US Soccer National "F" License is a pre-requisite for the US Soccer National "E" License. However, only the NJYS “F” course is a pre-requisite for the NJYS State “E” course.
The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.
The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Taking the Course:
- In order to register for the course, candidates will first be required to sign up for a user account in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center- a state of the art online educational platform
- The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. However, candidates can stop, rewind, or restart the webinars as often as needed
- After registering for the course, candidates are granted access to the course content for 12 months. The course may be successfully completed at any time during this period
The F course is broken into four key modules: Kick-off, 1st Half, Halftime and 2nd Half. The following webinars make up the required components of the course:
- 1st Half
- Designing an Activity
- Designing a Lesson Plan
- Laws of the Game
- Prevention and Care
- Nutrition and Hydration
- 2nd Half
- Small Sided Games
- Facilitator Games
- U6 Activities
- U8 Activities
Following each webinar, candidates are required to complete a series of multiple-choice questions. To successfully complete each webinar, all checks for understanding must be answered correctly. To maximize comprehension and facilitate learning, candidates will have multiple attempts to correctly answer all questions.
To register for the F license, click here to access the Digital Coaching Center.