What Education Do You Need to Be a Soccer Coach?

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and its popularity has blossomed particularly rapidly, thanks to worldwide events like the 1994 World Cup in America and the founding of Major League Soccer in 1996. All of that has inspired people to become soccer coaches; however, they have been faced many hurdles when entering the field, including education and certification which serve as key stepping stones for both novice and veteran coaches. And obviously the prerequisite qualifications for coaching will be varied depends on the league and level in which coaches want to work.

Recreational Level

If one want to work in recreational youth leagues, it requires little or no certification. It’s also an easily accessible option for new coaches looking to gain some experience. One can fill a recreational level coaching position simply by volunteering at a local community center. Although there will be background checked, but aside from that, there are not many standard restrictions for coaches at this basic level.

Competitive Youth Club Level

Coaches will be required to obtain a license to manage teams at the competitive youth club level which is varied by state and by league. However, the U.S. Soccer Federation, USSF, offers a set of universally accepted licenses for all levels of coaching. Youth club coaches basically must hold a minimum of the USSF ‘E’ license which is the baseline license, involving an 18-hour educational course of study. Coaches who own ‘E’ license are allowed to work their way up gradually and obtain ‘D’ and ‘C’ licenses, which correspond to coaching in competitive soccer leagues for players up to 14 years old. 

High School and College Level

Coaches at the high school and college levels commonly must got a ‘B’ license issued by the USSF which requires approximately 20 classroom hours and 48 field sessions hours, allowing coaches to teach players age 16 and up all the way through the college level. Although no officially announced as a standard, head coaches at the high school and college level must also get a bachelor’s degree.

Advanced Levels

Soccer coaches who would like to work in the highest levels of competition will need to own an ‘A’ license from the USSF which is particularly rigorous although it only takes nine days to complete, consist of 30 hours and 40 field session hours.