Earning an introductory coaching license from US Soccer is now easier than ever. More importantly, heading into the season with confidence and a basic coaching philosophy is feasible with a commitment of just a few hours. The (entirely online) "F" license training is a a great resource for both brand new and the most experienced coaches in our club.
Here is a quick abstract from the US Soccer website:
The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players. The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age.
Top 5 Takeaways
Here are the top 5 things that our coaches will find most beneficial:
Digital Coaching Center
Coaches also gain access to a digital coaching center after earning their license, which happens immediately after completing the last webinar and accompanying assessment. The U6 and U8 practice scripts are arguably some of the best resources produced by US Soccer in recent memory. Each PDF has 6-8 weeks of exhaustive practice sessions that could literally get a new coach through an entire season.
Get Licensed (and Reimbursed)
Completing the training is incredibly easy thanks to 18 webinars. The modules include a refreshing mix of videos and actual training footage, so it's not your typical "death by PowerPoint". You can power through them in no time since each module is generally 5-10 minutes in length. A few are as short as 90 seconds, only 1 or 2 are longer than 15 minutes, and most run roughly 3-5 minutes. You'll take a quick 4-6 question, multiple-choice assessment following every webinar.
After that, you are officially licensed and can print the following certificate. If you send the WBSA treasurer the PDF file and digital receipt, we'll gladly reimburse the entire $25 expense.