USSF National D Coaching Course - 1st Weekend

Friday, November 20, 2020 thru Sunday, November 22, 2020

5900 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120



After much anticipation, the schedule for the USSF National D License coaching course has been announced and courses will be open for registration soon! 

The first weekend of the Memphis-area D course will be November 20th- 22nd, with the course finishing the weekend of January 29th- 31st.

Registration for this course will be opening soon.

Be sure to check the Coaching Education page of our website for the latest course schedules, announcements, and registration links!

The National D license is a 40 to 45-hour course, held over two meetings with a development period of at least at six (6) weeks between the meetings. The course is designed for the grassroots coach working with youth players U6 to U13 in a participation driven environment and focuses on all four game models as outlined in the Player Development Initiatives (4v4 / 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11).

The goals of the course are to help coaches understand how:

  • to create game-like training sessions that encourage players’ ownership (decision making)

  • to create a game day environment that encourages players’ ownership (decision making)

The learning objectives of this course are to facilitate coach improvement in the Six Tasks of a Coach with an emphasis on developing the team and individual players by learning how:

  • to demonstrate an understanding of developmental stages & age characteristics

  • to observe the game, recognize formations and all player actions

  • to further develop a comprehensive understanding of Play-Practice-Play methodology

  • to organize, execute and reflect on 2 Play-Practice-Play training sessions based on the same goal in 1 week

  • to demonstrate an understanding of how to inform, involve and inspire parents

Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend all course meetings to be eligible to receive the license.

A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. Specifically, candidates must have completed a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:

  • Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11)

  • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Coaching candidates who have earned the E or F License will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:

  • U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

  • U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license


First Meeting

  • Date: November 20- 22, 2020
  • Time:
    • Friday: 5:30- 9:30 PM
    • Saturday: 8:30am- 7:30 PM
    • Sunday: 8:30am- 6:30 PM
  • Location: Christian Brothers High School (5900 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120)

Development Period:
The Development Period is the time in between course meeting one and two. It is vital that candidates have access to a grassroots team during this period so that they can practically apply what they learned during the first course meeting, complete their assignments, and come back

Second Meeting

  • Date: January 29- 31, 2021
  • Time:
    • Friday: 6- 9:00 PM
    • Saturday: 8:30 AM- 6:00 PM
    • Sunday: 8:30 AM- 6:00 PM
  • Location: Christian Brothers High School (5900 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120)

Please contact Sammy Giraldo with any questions.


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