The purpose of the Louisiana Soccer Association coaches’ education is to present to coaches a body of knowledge, which will help coaches deal more effectively with the day-to-day requirements of a team. The various levels of courses address the needs of coaches in a progressive manner. The curricula emphasize player development based upon a “games” approach to coaching. The certificates and license are recognized nationally and lead into the National Coaching Schools offered by U.S. Soccer. All certificates and the licenses are good for life. There is no requirement of previous playing experience. All candidates are expected to actively participate in all classroom and field sessions, unless handicapped. Candidates must participate in all course activities and attend the course in its entirety. Candidates should bring a notebook, writing utensils, water bottle, and soccer ball and training equipment appropriate to the weather. Please studythe Laws of the Game prior to the course. Candidates assume full responsibility for loss or damage due to personal injury while participating in a coaching program sponsored by L.S.A. State coaching courses will be taught by the L.S.A. Director of Coaching or an approved L.S.A. Staff Instructor. Assignment of the course instructor is the responsibility of the L.S.A. Director of Coaching.
Youth Module1 - U6/U8: A two (2) hour course involving classroom and field sessions. The course is designed for the parent/coach or novice coach with an emphasis on U-6 and U-8 players. Technique, psychology and FUN are introduced with an emphasis on player development. To receive the U-6/U-8 certificate a candidate must complete the online coursework and the field session.
Youth Module2 - U10/U12: A Four (4) hour course involving classroom and field sessions. The course is designed for the parent/coach or novice coach with an emphasis on U-10 and U- 12 players. Technique, psychology and FUN are introduced with an emphasis on player development. To receive the U10/U12 certificate a candidate must complete the online coursework and the field session.
USSF “E” License:An eighteen (18) hour course involving classroom and field sessions. The course is designed for the coach of U13 and older players with a greater emphasis on technique, fitness and psychology. This course is an introduction to 11 v. 11 soccer, economical training and tactics. Player development is the cornerstone of the course. This course is a prerequisite to the “D” license course. To receive the “E” License a candidate must attend the course in its entirety, pass a practical session and complete all necessary coursework.
For more Information on the USSF “E” License please visit: http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/Licenses/National-E.aspx
USSF “D” License:The highest state license combines thirty-six (36) hours of classroom and field sessions. The course is designed for the coach of teenage players. Emphasis is upon player development, including technical functional training and team tactics. Also discussed is team management and match analysis. To receive the “D” license a candidate must attend the course in its entirety, show skill demonstration ability, and receive passing grades on all written and video examinations and the coaching practical. This course will prepare coaches for whom this is their final coaching course as well as those who plan to pursue a national license. The “D” license course has three possible outcomes:
- Pass with a National “D”
- Coaches can be assessed as capable of succeeding at the national coaching schools and awarded a “National” pass. These coaches must also hold, or obtain, a Grade 8 referee qualification, or higher, to formally receive the “National” certification and qualify for the “C” course.
- Coaches can be assessed as “not ready” for the national coaching schools and awarded a “State” pass. Coaches who wish to proceed to the national coaching schools can retest at any future “D” License course after at least one season of additional practice. There is no charge for retesting at a regular “D” course; and a $100 fee to schedule a 60-minute private assessment.
- Coaches who fail to complete the course requirements or who fail to demonstrate the minimum competencies to pass the course are not awarded the "D" License
With a national “D” a coach may go onto a National Coaching School after one year. A state “D” license coach must retake the “D” course and pass with a national “D” before being allowed to attend a National Coaching School.
USSF “D” License Resources
US Soccer Best Practices
"D" Course Curriculum
US Soccer "D" License Candidates Manual
"D" License Progression-I
"D" License Progression-II
"D" License Soccer Problems Explained
"D" License National Pass vs State Pass vs Fail
"D" License Assessment Explanation
Manipulating Practice Variables
The Coach's Tool Kit
The Principles of Play
National Adult License: The USASA offers two coaching education programs approved by US Soccer that are designed for the adult coach. They are: the USASA Adult Coaching License Level 1 and the Adult Coaching License Level 2. These are US Soccer certified courses that offer training to the adult soccer membership.
National Youth License: The National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to facilitate the needs of the youth player. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 year olds. The course will explore the physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of youth players, developmental psychology, and the art of teaching. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions and concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. Candidates are also videotaped for analysis during live training sessions. The Youth License is usually 6 days in length, sometimes held over two weekends. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.
LSA no longer accepts waivers into any courses.
USSF “D” License --- “E” License, N.S.C.A.A. Regional Diploma or equivalent and a minimum age of 16 years old is required.
USSF “E” License --- No previous coaching necessary, but a minimum age of 15 years old is required.
Youth Modules --- No previous coaching necessary, but a minimum age of 14 years old is required.
There are a required minimum number of advance-registered candidates to conduct a course.
Youth Modules: 10
“E” Certificate: 12
“D” License: 15
If these numbers have not registered and paid their fees to LSA the week prior to the scheduled course then the course will be cancelled. If a scheduled course is cancelled prior to the course date then all monies will be returned.
Each course will require a local course site administrator who will make arrangements for a classroom and field, promote the course locally and be the contact with the LSA office.
The course fees are:
Half of the normal course
All course registration is done online. Fees are due before the course begins and should be paid online or sent to the LSA Office, 475 Gardere Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70820.
Summer Annual General Meeting Coaches’ Workshops
During the AGM workshops are offered for administrators and coaches. They are free to members of the LSA. The workshops are held on the Saturday of the AGM and bring national speakers to our state. The AGM is held in July in the greater New Orleans area. The Workshops are FREE and open to the public.
Courses and clinics are conducted around the state at any time upon request. Clubs that wish to host a course or clinic should contact the LSA Director of Coaching at firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX at (225) 766-0623 or call at (225) 766-0815. Individuals who wish to learn of a course in their area should contact their local soccer club or the LSA office.
To fill out the coaching course request form please visit:
To see the list of available State Coaching Courses (Youth Modules, USSF E, and D License) please visit: http://playlouisianasoccer.org/Coaches
To see the list of available National Coaching Courses (USSF C, B and A licenses) please visit:
LSA by-law: Section 501, paragraph F. line 1.
A six- (6) months-waiting period is required at the State level between licenses.