Coaching Education



License Levels         Cost and Duration of Courses
• "F" License         Coaching Education Staff
• "E" License          
"D" License         Ages of Eligibility
• "D" Re-Test          
• Goalkeeper Certificate         Hosting a CCAP Program
• National Youth License         Certification Process
Coaching Clinic Schedule         Clinic Registration Information
LA84-Sponsored Clinics         Risk Management Requirements
Recreational Coaches Clinic         Small Sided USSF Standards Chart 
Coaching Resources          Coaching Certificates




 Cal South Coaching Education Program Overview

Over 60,000 coaches have attended Cal South licensing courses. The objective of the coaching licensing curriculum is to provide all soccer coaches, from the beginner to the advanced, with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so that coaches in Southern California can help ensure that players develop towards their fullest potential.

Designed to meet the needs of today's modern youth soccer coach, Cal South has established a comprehensive Coaching Education Program that offers a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF)-approved curriculum of courses for the "F", "E", and "D" licenses.

Through this effort, Cal South provides:

• A program in which coaches can earn state and national coaching credentials
• A system which improves a coach's knowledge of the game, methodology, and teaching methods
• Valuable information and current coaching trends state-wide, nationally, and internationally

All courses are taught by U.S. Soccer-approved staff coaches who hold a National Coaching License. "D" Clinic instructors hold either an "A" or "B" National Coaching License. A list is maintained at the State Office and also posted and updated on our website.

The "E" and "D" courses are also offered in Spanish. Individuals wishing to attend a course or clubs and leagues wishing to host a course may do so by contacting Elliott Spruell, Cal South's Coaching Education Coordinator, at 714.451.1553.

The Philosophy of the Coaching Education Program

To help you gain the most information from the courses, staff coaches teach the essentials of soccer in an optimal way. All candidates can choose to participate actively in field sessions. Approximately two-thirds of each course is comprised of field sessions and the remaining one-third as lectures. The intensity of the field sessions is directly related to the level of the course. The higher the course, the more hours required on the field.

A minimum of 15 participants must be pre-registered for any course at least five days prior to the start of the class; otherwise, the course will be canceled.
To see a list of available Cal South coaching courses, click here.

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