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US Soccer Announces National “F” Coaching License

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.

(This is NOT the same course as any VYSA U6-U8, U8-U10, or U10-U12 F module you may have taken in the past.)

As of June 1, 2015, this online “F” course is a pre-requisite for the National “E” License.

For more information and to complete this online course,

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For coaches coaching 5-10 year olds

SPRING 2017 course dates:

U6-U8 coaches:  Thu, Mar 23, TIME CHANGE NOW 7:30-10:30pm, Centre Ridge ES

U8-U10/U12 coaches:   DATE CHANGED TO THU MAR 23, TIME CHANGE NOW: 7:30-10:30pm, Centre Ridge ES

TO REGISTER:  Registration is now handled on the VYSA website:  (look for the course sponsored by Southwestern Youth Association)  If you are a current SYA coach, please email Beth Bogemann at to get a payment code before registering for the course.


2017 E Course Dates and Course Content for “E” Certificate Course

The “E” Certificate is designed for the parent/coach who may or may not have any previous soccer playing or coaching experience. The curriculum focuses on the development of the player, both individually and as part of the team. The emphasis will be to build on the player’s technical development by applying tactical concepts within a team environment. The candidate must 16 years of age or older.

“E” Certificate Course Dates and Content 2017 E Course Dates and Course Content

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team.
  • Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.
  • Help coaches understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Curriculum (18 hours):   The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on  creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players. – See more at: Pre-Course Assignments:

  1. Candidates are required to complete 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 two team management assignments and a Prevention and Care webinar. Each assignment must be submitted during the opening lecture.
    1. Laws of the Game Part A – Complete the “E” License Referee Assignment by watching the U.S. Soccer Referee module (“E” License candidates are required to complete modules 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17) Candidates are not required to print a completion certificate. Your exam results will be automatically shared with your State Soccer Association host and U.S. Soccer. Part B – Research and write a brief report on the rationale of modified small sided games rules. Contact your local League or soccer organization to locate the modified rules of play for the team that you coach. Read and review the modifications for the following FIFA Rules: 1 Field, 2 Ball, 3 Players, 5 Referee, 6 Assistant Referee, and 7 Duration of Game.
  2. Team Management – English (.pdf)
  3. Risk Management Assignment – Concussion Awareness – English (online) * Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online concussion assignment, you may request a CD-ROM version of the course from the CDC at no cost. If you would like to order a copy of the course on CDROM, visit the CDC publication order form.You may also contact or print and use the written test below. – See more at:
  4. Prevention and Care Webinar: Watch Candidates must complete a webinar on Prevention and Care. This must be completed in order to be eligible for an E License.

Dates: Aug 4-6, 2017  Aug 4:  classroom, Aug 5-6 – field work

TO REGISTER: Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all VYSA E and D license courses must be run through the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center. In order to register for a course, you must first take the online F course (if you haven’t already). To create your account, go to and click “sign up”. You’ll then be able to take the online  F course.  If you already have an account, click “Log On”. Once you have your account set up, click on “Courses”, “License”, and “State”, choosing the appropriate answers for each, then look for the course in Centreville, VA  sponsored by Southwestern Youth Association. Click on the arrow for details for the particular course you have chosen. Then click “Proceed to Registration” and “Proceed to Payment”. You will be taken to the “My Courses” page. Click “Go to Classroom” for your course assignments.  You will no longer be able to pay by check or use the club discount code to pay for courses. You must pay with a credit card when you register. SYA Soccer will reimburse you for the course.  After successfully completing the course, submit your payment receipt and your completion certificate to



  • A concussion is a BRAIN INJURY.
  • All concussions are serious.
  • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
  • Concussions can occur in any sport.
  • Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.


A concussion is an injury that changes how the celss in the brain normally work.  A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.  Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.  Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost.

The potential for concussions is greatest in athletic environments where collisions are common.  Concussions can occur, however, in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity.  As many as 3.8 million sports – and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.


To help recognize a concussion, you should watch fo rthe follwoing two things among your athletes:

  1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.


  1. Any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.


  1. Remove the athlete from play.  Look for the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  If your athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head.  Athletes who experience signs or symptoms of concussion should not be allowed ot return to play.  When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.
  2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated right away by an appropriate health care professional.  Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself.  Health care professional have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions.  As a coach, recording the following information can help health care professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:
  • Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head.
  • Any loss of conciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
  • Any memory loss immediately following the injury
  • Any seizures immediately following the injury
  • Number of previous concussions (if any)
  1. Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.   Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.
  2. Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion.  A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems.  Pervent common long-term problems.  Prevent common long-term problems and the rare second impact syndrome by delaying the athlete’s return to the activity until the player receives appropriate medical evaluation and approval for return to play.

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Course Content of “D” License Course

The D License is the highest level license that the state offers. In order to maintain consistency in the delivery and execution of the course the objectives, expectations, and grading for the “D” License course have been established. At the conclusion of the course the candidate will receive a National “D”, a State “D” or a fail. The candidate must at least 18 years of age.





ENJOYMENT for everyone

EXCELLENCE – age appropriate, proper motivation

EDUCATION – 10-15 years—5-19

ENVIRONMENT – safe and developmentally appropriate

Great Experience for the players

Goals for SYA Soccer and each coach:

#1 Goal:  Character and personal development:  become a better person and citizen through participating in sports

#2 Goal:  Life skills:  self confidence, character, self-discipline, cooperation, friendship, industriousness, self-control, reliability, initiative, work ethic, do our best and play to win

#3 Goal:  Learn and acquire skills

#4 Goal:  Learn to play skillfully and smart

#5 Goal:  Teach team play and principles of play

#6 Goal:  Make friends, belong to a team, feel wanted and safe

#7 Goal:  Foster life long love for exercise

#8 Goal:  Appreciate and cultivate a healthy lifestyle:  no drugs, alcohol, or any other unhealthy lifestyle.

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