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USSF Coaching Grassroots Pathway




WVSA Coaching - Grassroots Pathway


U.S. Soccer and the West Virginia Soccer Association are proud to announce the launch of four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated D License Course. Each of these educational opportunities are hosted by U.S. Soccer member organizations and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.


Spanning 4-hours in length, each in-person Course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach, amongst other topics. The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the course, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their player and the environment in which they interact.



“Grassroots is where soccer begins. It is these early experiences that spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help further improve those experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education, Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”


Together with U.S. Soccer, West Virginia Soccer Association is committed to improving the experience and level of our players through empowering coaches with low barrier and easily accessible education.


“This new grassroots pathways will be an excellent opportunity for our coaches to select the option that best suits their short term and long term needs.,” said Bob Gray, WVSA Director of Coaching.


“Now, coaches will be able to receive age-specific coaching methodology and instruction they can take with them as their teams get older and the playing format changes with age. The combination of online theoretical and in-person practical content will be quite beneficial to coaches.”


COST: Each of the four courses will cost $25 if you decide to take one or two of the modules. However, if you take all four courses in the same weekend, it will cost you $75 (a $25 savings).



Player Development Initiatives (PDI)

US Soccer Coaching Courses

(These courses replace the E License courses)



These new courses specifically target the age-appropriate needs of players at the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 levels.


Beginning in early 2018, there will be a total of 8 new courses (4 on-line and 4 in-person/on-field) that will address the new game formats (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).


These align with the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI) announced last year.  These courses include both field and classroom sessions. 



Courses taking place after Feb 1st, 2018

Each coach must take the new Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module prior to registering for any of the following PDI courses. 

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module is a free module that can be accessed through your coach’s personal DCC profile.

1. If you do not have a DCC profile, you may sign up for one at

2. From your profile, select "Courses" at the top of the page.

3. Under "Available Courses", select "Begin Course".

4. Complete the free 20 minute module.


Beginning in Spring 2018, WV Soccer Association will be offering each of the four in-person classes.  Stay tuned for dates and locations!  For more information please contact Thomas Olivier at (304) 654-3091 or





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