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National "E" License Launched

This month, Washington Youth Soccer implemented the U.S. Soccer Federation's new National "E" License, an updated and improved iteration of the "E" Certificate that will bring coaches in the state enhanced training.

The 18-hour course focuses on developing the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9- to 12-year-old athlete and team. This spring and summer, coaches will have access to "E" License courses across the state. The $90 course is a weekend long and will run Friday-Sunday afternoon.

After analyzing the current soccer climate in the United States, U.S. Soccer worked diligently to modernize the previous "E" Certificate course to match the needs of the evolution of the game, and our players. U.S. Soccer seeks to ensure that coaches are properly prepared and educated to deliver the best possible instruction to players in the U.S.

The updated course features many new aspects, including sport science, effective micro-cycle planning, and long-term athlete development. The "E" License will require candidates to partake in a practical evaluation which consists of creating a training session plan, conducting the training session and pre-course work, including testing on FIFA's Laws of the Game, the Center for Disease Control's "Heads Up" Concussion Online Training Course, and a number of written assignments.

The practical evaluations ensure that coaches have a strong grasp of all material delivered in the course. Through this testing, the creditability of coaching education in the U.S. will be upheld.

The "E" License is centered on age-appropriate training, and post-course, coaches will be able to execute technical team training. Additionally, coaches will be able to understand and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in small-sided game environments (3v3 to 9v9).

This course serves as the foundation to proceed into higher levels of coaching development courses. The "E" License is the prerequisite for coaches interested in taking the National "D" License.

"This is an extremely exciting time for coaches in the United States. Now, more than ever, coaches have access to the most modern education initiatives," said Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Advisor. "This new coaching curriculum gives our coaches a more in-depth, detailed experience that will not only develop their knowledge of the game, but will also assist in creating more holistic training environments for our players to be developed."

What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long-Term Player 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

The "E" License was released in unison with U.S. Soccer's new Coaching Curriculum, created by Technical Director Claudio Reyna. The combination of new resources gives U.S. Soccer's coaching education a new dynamic vision of player development, and falls perfectly in line with Washington Youth Soccer's Long-Term Player Development Plan.

Washington continues to be a leader in coaching education on the national scope. With nearly 1,000 coaches certified last year, Washington seeks to best prepare our coaches to give our players the best soccer experience possible.

The conclusion ot the April National "C" License marked the fourth "C" License course run by our state in the past two years. With a diverse menu of coaching education courses to choose from, including online and on-site youth coaching modules, specialized seminars, and "E", "D", and "C" License courses, we continue to promote the ongoing professional development of our coaches.

Click Here to see a full schedule of our upcoming courses.

If you have any questions about the new "E" License or coaching education, please contact Kimberly Grant,

Washington Youth Soccer

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