Coach Education FAQs
Do I need a license in order to coach?
According to the South Texas Soccer Bylaws, only registered coaches are permitted in STYSA sanctioned events or games as coaches or assistant coaches (3.2.10). To be a Registered Coach they must:
“Hold a currently effective Coaching License or Certificate (as defined below) or obtain, within one year of initial registration as a coach, a Coaching License or Certificate.”
A “Coaching License or Certificate” means a soccer coaching license or a certificate of completion issued by a course or training program that is currently approved by the STYSA Director of Coaching. The STYSA Director of Coaching shall maintain a list of all licenses, courses, programs and vendors that are approved for purposes of this rule."
At what level course should I start?
All our courses are age and level specific. Some courses have pre-requisites and some have pre-course assignments.
If you do not have any previous coaching licenses or certificates, use the following guidelines:
If you are coaching a U6/U12 recreational team, we recommend you start with the US Soccer “F” online course and/or the Grassroots Level I Certificate course.
If you are coaching a U14 or older Recreational team, we recommend you start with the US Soccer “F” online course and/or the Grassroots Level III Certificate course.
If you are coaching a U9/U10 Academy team, you must start with the US Soccer “F” online course and we recommend the Grassroots Level I Certificate course and USYS Youth Course.
If you are coaching a Select team, you must start at the National ‘F’ License course and we recommend the US Soccer “E” course and USYS Youth Course.
Are there waivers for College players or Professional players?
According to the US Soccer Coaching Department, no waivers are allowed as of January 2013. Candidates who wish to attain a USSF coaching license must start at the National F License course. Any exceptions must be approved by US Soccer directly.
Are there waivers for coaches who hold certifications from organizations outside of US Soccer?
For information about USSF waivers regarding licenses or certifications other than those offered by US Soccer, please visit www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/faq. Candidates who wish to attain a USSF coaching license must start at the National F License course. Any exceptions must be approved by US Soccer directly.
Do I have to attend the entire duration?
Each course must be attended in its entirety. Candidate who misses any portion will get an ‘Incomplete’ grade and will have to make up the missed portion at another class before being eligible to receive the license.
How do I get replacement certificates?
We do not issue replacement certificates. However, we can confirm your license level via email.
How long is my Coaching License valid for?
Coaching Licenses do not expire. The only exception is the USSF ‘A’ License, which needs to be renewed every 4 years.
How old do you have to be to attend a class?
Candidates must be at least 14 years old to attend a state level coaching course.
What do I need to wear or bring to the class?
In most courses, the candidates are used for the field demonstrations. It is not mandatory for candidates to participate in the field sessions and those who are unable to play are not penalized in any way. Candidates who wish to participate should bring playing gear and bring a soccer ball. All candidates should come prepared for whatever weather conditions exist since most of the class is delivered outside.
For more information regarding US Soccer coaching policies and procedures please visit the USSF frequently asked questions page at: www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/faq