National 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.  In general, the course is administered over a weekend.  Friday 6:00-9:30, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00-5:00.  Candidates must be prepared to participate in the practical field activities and should be dressed appropriately.  Minimum age for registration is 17.

Cost:  $135.00

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).

Pre-Course Candidate Assignments Candidates are required to complete four (4) 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 one of three team management assignments. Each assignment must be submitted during the opening lecture.

The successful candidate will complete all course requirements.  Although there is no testing, candidates are expected to demonstrate minimum coaching behavior competencies in a practical setting.  Successful candidates must wait at least six months before taking the National D license.

Waivers will not be granted to bypass the E license unless the candidate can provide documentation of an equivalent license from another FA or the equivalent diploma from the NSCAA. 

NOTE TO CANDIDATES:  The National D license requires candidates to plan and coach 5 specific practice sessions between the issuance of the E license and the start of the D license.   These plans will be turned in and reviewed on the first day of the course.  Topics are as follows:

  • Goalkeeping- Shot stopping and distribution with the hands.
  • Individual defending
  • Receiving and turning
  • Improve your team's ability to build up through the midfield.
  • Improve your team's ability to recover the ball in the defensive third of the field.


Please click this link for more detailed course information and required pre-course resources.