4v4...7v7...9v9...11v11 Grassroots Coaching Education Courses


The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has recently rolled out a completely new coaching education curriculum.  It is called the GRASSROOTS COACHING MODULE.  This is the base of the new coaching education pathway to the higher coaching licenses offered by the USSF.  The specific course and dates are as follows:   All courses will be held at the   Each course is a 4 hour course. 

Anyone who wants to take a course must sign up for for that course on the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC).  Once you sign up you will have to take, at your convenience, the 20 minute introductory online course.  This brief online video course must be completed before you start the course that you signed up for.  There is a $25 fee to register on the DCC.  The DCC is loaded with lots of lesson plans and very useful information for coaches at all levels.   For all courses there will be some assignments that will have to be completed on the DCC for the instructor to review.

At the grassroots level you can start at any level that you want.  The 4 grassroot courses are: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11.   Only 14 candidates will be allowed to register for each course. Each course has additional enhancements as we go up in age/team size.  

Coaches can sign up for more than one course and all courses will fill up on a first come first serve basis.  WALK-ONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!!!   FYI, if any coach wants to eventually go on for their D license they will have to take the 11v11 course plus one of the other courses.  If a coach already has a F or E license the DCC states how those licenses can be used to meet the requirements to qualify to take the D license course.  To access that information click on "Help" once you go on the DCC. 

For each course up to 5 candidates will coach/work with the players for approximately 25-30 minutes each.  All course candidates prior to the start of the course will fill out a form on the DCC where they will be asked if they would like to do one of the coaching sessions with the guest team.  If no one volunteers then the instructor will have to assign candidates to coach the age group at the training session.

If you have any questions you can email Roy Pfeil at


CDYSL will accept the Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 online course certificates, however, that will allow an individual to coach one season on a travel team with this certificate.  The individual will need to get the Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11 in person certificate to continue coaching the next season on a travel team.


When you take the in-person or on-line license, please download the PDF coaching certificate and either send to your club registrar and/or send to the CDYSL office in order to be identified as having a coaching license or in the progress of the coaching license.  Thank you.


If you are having issues with downloading the PDF license for on-line courses, please contact US Soccer at this site (US SOCCER DIGITIAL SUPPORT LINK).


If you successfully completed one of the in-person courses, you can find and print your license on your profile in the Digital Coaching Center.  If you cannot find your course or the license posted, please reach out to your instructor of the class for clarification. (US Digital Coaching Center Link).


You need to sign into the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center.  You have to complete the 15-20 minute Introductory Video to the Grassroots License pathway.  This introductory video is required to move onto the Online or In-Person Grassroot Courses.  You need to complete and pass for one of the Grassroot Courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11) in order to obtain a license. The license certificate should then be downloaded and sent to the CDYSL to put into the coach license spreadsheet for future reference. 


To all clubs and recreational programs that are affiliated with the ENYYSA.  Please be advised that our professionally trained instructional staff will come to your community to conduct a free 1.5 hour instructional coaching course for any and all parent coaches.  ENY will also conduct free training sessions for groups of recreational players of any age and number of players.  The length of the player training sessional will vary depending on the age from 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
There is no charge for any of the instructional sessions presented by the ENY coaching staff.
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact the CDYSL office at 518-435-2325 or the ENY office at 516-387-5425.





To: All coaches and club officials
From: Roy Pfeil - Coaching Education Instructor
Re: Requirements for hosting a Grassroots Coaching Course
During 2018 U.S. Soccer rolled out its new coaching education platform and announced the 4 new Grassroots coaching courses. The courses and age groups paired with each course are as follows: 4v4 (6-8 year olds), 7v7 (9-10 year olds), 9v9 (11-12 year olds) and 11v11 (13+). The courses can be taken in person or online and in any sequence a coach desires and after first completing a free (20 minute) introductory on-line module provided by U.S. Soccer on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).  All courses will involve 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the field.  
Currently, arrangements are being made to conduct in-person courses at Afrims new facility in Colonie. 
All courses will be announced and broadcast through the CDYSL and ENY websites and email databases. Once courses are set up candidates can register on a first come first serve basis.  
If a club wants to host a course they need to meet the following requirements:  For the 4v4, and 7v7 courses you need a gymnasium or age appropriate space at one of the indoor facilities.  A club will also need to provide a age appropriate team identified above (for 2 hours) for the course being conducted.  For the 9v9 and 11v11 courses you need a full size field and the age appropriate team for 2 hours.  It should be noted that coaches from a sponsoring club will be given the first opportunities to register for a course and then, after a few days, the course will be opened to everyone outside the club until the course is filled. 
Please note to all new coaches that a in-person Grassroots course must be completed for a travel team coach to be certified to coach in the CDYSL.  For a new first year coach a one year waiver can be invoked as long as an on-line Grassroots course has been completed. 
Finally, additional requirements to register for higher level licenses can be found on-line at the ENYYSA website or by contacting Roy Pfeil at



Friday, August 18, 2023  

9v9 Grassroots coaching certification course

Friday, August 25, 2023

11v11 Grassroots coaching certification course 

There will be a 9v9 grassroots soccer coaching course on Friday, August 18 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm and a 11v11 grassroots soccer coaching course on Friday, August 25 from 5:30-9:30.  Either of these courses will satisfy the licensing certification requirement necessary for all coaches in the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) and the Eastern N.Y. Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).  The courses will be held at Afrim's Sports Park located at 969 Watervliet Shaker Rd., Colonie, NY.  The fee for each course is $120. The $120 covers the cost to have access to the U.S.Soccer Learning Center (SLC).  


This course will be 4-hours in length.  The class will start promptly at 3pm with 2 hours in the class room (i.e., upstairs in the Clifton Park Club House meeting room), followed by 2 hours on the lighted field with age appropriate players.  The course will focus on Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach and characteristics of players for specific age groups.  This 11v11 course will also satisfy the mandatory requirement of completing the 11v11 course to attend the National D course.  To be eligible for this course you must be at least 16 years of age.

 In order to take a course, you must sign up on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center (SLC).  If this is your first grassroots course you will have to take the free 20-minute introductory online course before you can sign up.  The free introductory course is also on the SLC.  The SLC is loaded with lots of lesson plans and very useful information for coaches.   When you take the course there will be three assignments that will be explained by the instructor and that will have to be completed on the assignment tab of the SLC for the instructor to review.  The assignments are due no later than 2 weeks after the completion of the course.

A minimum of 12 candidates will be allowed in each course.  All courses will fill up on a first come, first serve, basis.  WALK-ONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!!!    

To register go to the link below:


To get more information: 


If you have any questions you can email Roy Pfeil at