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."
Why are there so many course options?
South Texas is proud to offer coaching education from our nationally recognized coaching education leaders: The U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway, The United Soccer Coaches Diplomas, the US Youth National Youth Certification and State Educational Clinics. The pathway you choose is ultimately a personal preference, based on your level of experience, the age groups you are coaching and the age groups you plan to coach in the future.
At what level course should I start in the U.S. Soccer Pathway?
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 U.S. Soccer Grassroots in-person or online course based on the playing format you coach (i.e. 4v4, 7v7, 9v9)
If you are coaching a U13 or older Recreational team, we recommend you start with the U.S. Soccer Grassroots in-person or online course based on the playing format you coach (i.e. 11v11)
If you are coaching a U9/U10 Academy team, we recommend you start with the U.S. Soccer Grassroots in-person or online course based on the playing format you coach (i.e. 4v4, 7v7, 9v9) and the National Youth Course.
If you are coaching a Select team, we recommend you start with the U.S. Soccer Grassroots in-person or online course based on the playing format you coach (i.e. 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11), followed by the USSF D License Course and the National 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?
Any USSF waivers regarding licenses or certifications 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. If you have a profile in the Digital Coaching Center you can find your license information in the DCC.
How long is my Coaching License valid for?
At this time, coaching licenses do not expire.
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.