Coach US Soccer National "F" License

 Entry level course designed to introduce coaches to the rules of the game and basic training development. The F License (or its equivalent or better) is required to coach any team in San Francisco Youth Soccer.

The licensing course is in 2 parts:

  1. The US Soccer Online F Course and
  2. SFYS 3.5 hour Field Course

You must complete both parts to fulfill the SFYS requirement.

Step 1.

US Soccer Online Class: National F license (sign up and pay US Soccer)

The USSF Online F Course covers:

  • The Laws of the Game
  • ​The technical demands of the game​
  • Goal-setting and motivation for soccer
  • Teaching methods for player development and motor skills
  • Coping with stress and communicating strategies

Step 2.

SFYS-hosted Field Clinic. Click on the preferred class date, below to register and submit the online class certificate of completion.

January 27th, 10-1pm! 

- Field TBC


  • SFYS Fees: $50.00 by debit or credit card only. No checks. 

  • Important: No matter where you take the course, when registering for the course, make sure to use your legal name as stated on your driver's license or passport (ie, Robert not Bob, Margaret not Maggie).  

  • Note: All new coaches to CalNorth must get LiveScan (digital fingerprint) done specifically for CalNorth. For more information, please visit this page. ​​

SF Youth Soccer hosts U.S. Soccer certification courses multiple times throughout the year. If you cannot attend a course which we host, you are welcome to take the course at another location. Note: Classes fill up and are usually waitlisted. There are no refunds once you are confirmed for a course. Dropouts prior to confirmation incur a $25 charge.

The entry level F license (or its equivalent or better) is required to coach any Recreational team in San Francisco Youth Soccer. 

The E license (or its equivalent or better) is required for coaching any Competitive team in San Francisco Youth Soccer. 


The National “E” is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepare interested coaches for the National “D” license course. 


The “E” license course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer “F” license (Feb. 2015) and who are 16 years of age. There is no wait period between the U.S. Soccer “F” license and enrolling in the National E course.

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).

December 16th and 17th.
Sign up here
Note, there are Pre-Course Candidate Assignments that must be completed.

Candidates must complete two (2) Team Management assignments, a Laws of the Game assignments and a Concussion Awareness/Prevention and Care assignment. The Laws of the Game and the Concussion Awareness/Prevention and Care assignment include taking and passing an online test.

In addition, coaching candidates will need to create a training session using the Planning Tool in the Digital Coaching Center based on a topic that will be provided to the coaching candidate by the course instructor.

U.S. Soccer has created tutorials for using the various aspects of the Digital Coaching Center.

All coaching candidates are responsible for all information included in the tutorials. The tutorials can be found at https://supportersclub.desk.com/customer/en/portal/topics/903386-dcc--video-tutorials/articles?b_id=7309

All correspondence with your instructor regarding the course will be done using the Digital Coaching Center Communication Tool.  The “Taking a Course” tutorial will go over how to use the Communication Tool.  Emails will not be sent to your email on file.

Creating a Training Session is reviewed in the “Planning Tools” tutorial

​​Course Contact:
Joyce Bordley 
Cal North Office