Coaching Licenses

US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Licenses

In February 2018, U.S. Soccer launched eight new grassroots level coaching courses. Offered in-person or online, the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 focus on empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The courses relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives. The online versions of the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 courses are available through the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center platform.

In addition to the grassroots license course opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. Concurrently with the roll-out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway.  However, coaches who currently hold the U.S. Soccer G, F, or E License are still required to take the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module and one additional grassroots course.

NGS will reimburse the cost of license registration fees for all coaches.  Reimbursement requests should be emailed along with your receipt and home address to the club treasurer –

US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Education Grassroots License Pathway

Mandatory Coaching Licenses

– As a minimum, ALL Coaches (Grade 2 – Grade 8) must take the following online course as a prerequisite to coaching and obtaining more advanced licenses.

– Age Appropriate Playing Format Courses are mandatory for ALL Head Coaches (Grade 2 – Grade 8) and optional for assistant coaches.

– Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

2020-2021 PCA Course Dates Not Available

– CDC Concussion Training accessed through the MA Youth Soccer platform: US Soccer Connect

SafeSport Abuse Prevention Education and Training accessed through the MA Youth Soccer platform: US Soccer Connect

Additional US Soccer or USC Licensing

USC Goalkeeping Level 1 Online Diploma

USC Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™ Online Diploma Course

As coaches continue with Newton Girls Soccer and move through the age groups, they are encouraged to work up the license pathway. Licenses are also one of our criteria taken into consideration when it comes to selecting coaches for BAYS Travel teams. NGS periodically hosts either US Soccer or USC courses, while you can find a master list of courses being held across the state at Mass Youth Soccer

Courses Hosted by Newton Girls Soccer and Newton Youth Soccer

Newton Girls Soccer is committed to providing opportunities for continued education and development for all our coaches through coaching clinics and courses. NGS will regularly host and provide opportunities to participate in official license courses through Mass Youth Soccer and coaches are strongly encouraged to further their coaching education.  The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Course must be competed on-line before registering for playing format courses.

2020-2021 Dates Not Available