US Soccer E License

A course designed to:

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team.
  • Help coaches understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our 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?
  • To understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development.
  • To demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session.
  • To demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game.
  • To understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment. (3v3 to 9 v 9 adaptable to local competition structure)
The E License is an 18 hour course.
  • Attendance is mandatory to pass course.
  • Coaches should bring a soccer ball; training suit, sweat suit, or any form of action clothing; gym shoes; soccer cleats; and writing materials.
  • It is important that you establish a communication plan in the event of inclement weather.
  • The Coach will have 3 Pre-Course Assignments to complete: The Coach as a Conductor, Laws of the Game (online) and Head’s Up Concussion Course (online).
  • The Coach will have to deliver at least 1 Practical Field session. 
  • A classroom with blackboard or wipe-board is needed.
  • A field and/or gymnasium will be needed for practical demonstrations and in case of inclement weather.
  • Players: Middle School aged players are needed for practical sessions.
  • Site Coordinators are to coordinate with the course Instructor regarding the number of players and time players will be needed.
Fees for candidates taking the E License course are:
  • $100 per candidate  (effective September 1, 2014) for coaches of VYSA teams
  • 120 per candidate for coaches of non VYSA teams
The site coordinator is responsible for the accuracy of each candidate’s registration form. The site coordinator is also responsible for collecting fees for all candidates. 
  • The minimum number of candidates is 13. The recommended maximum number of candidates is 26 and is determined by the size of the facility.
  • The number of candidates is set one week before the course begins.
  • Payment for the course should accompany the course paperwork.
  • Checks should be made payable to your club or league; the club or league should then issue one check for the amount due for the course made payable to VYSA.
  • Each candidate must complete a registration form.
  • Please make sure all information has been included and that the information is legible. It is the site coordinator’s responsibility to keep attendance.
  • The site coordinator should turn all registration forms over to the course instructor after the completion of the course.
  • The instructor will indicate whether each candidate passed or failed the course and sign each form. 
  • Either the site coordinator or the instructor must return all materials (registration forms, payment, course final report, and unused books) to the VYSA State Office within 7 days of completion of the course.
  • Post-Course Action: Follow up with the instructor to see that all paperwork and payments have been sent to the VYSA State Office within 7 days of the completion of the course.
  • Course licenses will be sent by the VYSA State Office directly to the student coaches successfully completing the course.
  • Prompt submission of the completed, signed registration forms and payment of any amounts due is, therefore, imperative.
  • The Site Coordinator is permitted to attend this course at no charge.
Thank you for your assistance and good luck. If you have any questions, contact:
Jackie Burket, VYSA Coaching Education Administrator - 
Virginia Youth Soccer Association 
5450 Southpoint Plaza Way 
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Phone   (540) 693-1430
Fax: 540-693-1440
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