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Coach Education

Massachusetts Youth Soccer is proud to offer coaching education opportunities from our nationally recognized coaching education leaders: The US Soccer Coaching License pathway and United Soccer Coaches Coaching Diplomas. The pathway you choose is ultimately a personal preference, based on your level of experience, the age groups you are currently coaching, and the age groups you plan to coach in the future. 

Why are there different pathways?

US Soccer has now closed the coaching education pathway to be in compliance with Federations and Confederations around the world. US Soccer is the only entity that can offer a coaching education License. A License typically means that there is pass – non pass element to the course.

United Soccer Coaches offers courses to aid with the transition to US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives. The courses are designed for coaches coaching players playing 4 v 4 format,  7 v 7 – 9 v 9 format and 11 v 11 format. Pre-requisites exist for the Advanced National Diploma and above. We recommend that courses be chosen based on the playing format of the children being coached.

US Youth Soccer currently offer the National Youth Certificate which is a stand-alone award and recommended for coaches of players 12 and younger.

Begin with the end in mind. Where do you want to go with your coaching experience?

All of the coaching education pathways offer excellent information pertinent and relevant to the age of the children you are coaching.

Where Should I Begin?

License Course Recommendations for Clubs and Coaches:

U.S. Soccer 

All coaches must begin at the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching License .  For information regarding waiver opportunities at the "C" license and above please reach out to  Tamie Endow -

United Soccer Coaches

Coaches with little or no experience may begin their educational journey by beginning with the 4v4, 7v7/9v9 or 11v11 diplomas. Coaches with significant playing experience and/or coaching experience may begin with the National Diploma.

Individual Candidate Pricing for Courses run by Mass Youth Soccer 

US Soccer D License - $375.00
US Soccer 11v11 Grassroots License - $75
US Soccer 9v9 Grassroots License - $75
US Soccer 7v7 Grassroots License - $75


US Soccer 4v4 Grassroots License - $75
United Soccer Coaches 4v4 - $35 United Soccer Coaches Members/$50 Non Members
United Soccer Coaches 7v7/9v9-$65 United Soccer Coaches Members/$80 Non Member
United Soccer Coaches 11v11 - $65 United Soccer Coaches Members/$80 Non Member
United Soccer Coaches GK1 - $65
United Soccer Coaches GK2 - $100
United Soccer Coaches GK3 - $250