People take coaching courses for a number of reasons: – primarily, being recognized as a coach by the federation may be a requirement. Many competitive clubs and states do not allow you to work with teams unless you have at least the D license. The further you go with licenses, the more you will learn, the greater your network will grow, and the more attractive your coaching resume will become. Some clubs reward coaches with a pay scale that increases by license level too.
Over the last two years (and pretty much every two years before that) the courses have been significantly changed to meet a new approach set out by the technical director. For the D, this meant radical changes to more closely match lower level courses in Europe. For the F it means coming into existence! Watch this space as the E is the next one to increase in challenge and complexity.
For coaches who are not full time, we recommend getting at least the D license (and if possible more). For those with aspirations of a career in soccer, you will need to go on further. The ratio of UEFA A licensed coaches to players in Spain is considerably less than 1:20. In the US the ratio of USSF A licensed coaches to players is well over 1:170, showing a significant access to education gap for players.
We have interviewed instructors who teach the E and D licenses, asking them how to prepare for the courses, and what they look for in successful candidates. We also have example session plans for many of the topics currently being asked. As the F license is rolled out in the next few weeks, we will have reviews of that too, including interviews with some of the creators of the content.
|What to Expect from the E License
By James Davies – instructor for Colorado
|What to Expect from the D License
By Eric Duda – instructor for Massachusetts
|E license Details and Cost||D License Details and Cost|
|E License Sample Lesson Plans|