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2018 USSF Pathway

United States Soccer Federation Grassroots Courses

The Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses-in any sequence-after completing a free introductory module provided by US Soccer. These in-person experience are available by the formats of play (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11).

MSYSA In-Person Course Associated Costs:

4v4 = $45 (Does not include the US Soccer $25 surcharge)

7v7, 9v9, 11v11 = $70 (Does not include the US Soccer $25 surcharge)

Grassroots Online Offerings:

4v4 ($25) l Self Paced

7v7 ($25) l Self Paced

9v9 ($25) l Self Paced

11v11 ($25) l Self Paced

Grassroots In-Person Coaching Course Offerings

9v9 l Total Soccer Farmington l 12.2.18 l Register Here

11v11 l Total Soccer Farmington l 12.2.18 l Register Here

9v9 l Fenton l 12.9.18 l Register Here

11v11 l Fenton l 12.9.18 l Register Here

9v9 l Grand Rapids l 1.6.19 l Register Here

11v11 l Grand Rapids l 1.6.19 l Register Here

USSF National D License
  • Tuition: $425 + US Soccer DCC Surcharge of $25 = $450
The D License is a 36-40 hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National E License.  It consists of theoretical (classroom) and practical (field) instruction on teaching the four components of soccer; technique, tactics, fitness and psychology as they relate to U13-U14 players.  The course is broken down into four phases:  Preparation Phase, Instructional Phase, Deliberate Practice Phase and Performance Review Phase.  This course also includes an extensive "methods" component designed to improve the teaching skills of coaches in recognizing "coachable moments".  The minimum time is would take to receive a D License is 2-4 months.

Candidate Outcomes:
  • PASS = USSF 'D' License.
  • PROVISIONAL STATUS = Eligible for a Performance Review (Re-Test) after 6 months.
  • FAIL = MSYSA 'D' Certificate of Completion.  To obtain the USSF 'D' License a candidate must retake the course in its entirety.


  • The USSF National 'D' License is the prerequisite for USSF National 'C' Course. There is a 12 month mandatory wait between these courses.
  • Candidates require a current Risk Management card.
  • 'D' License Waivers are no longer offered or accepted.
  • Payment & Cancellation Policy:  Full tuition is required at the time of registration.

USSF National D Course Offerings

Livonia, MI l 7/27-29/18 (Weekend 1) & 12/28-29/18 (Weekend 2) l Registration Closed

Pontiac, MI l 1/4-6/19 (Weekend 1) & 4/6-7/19 (Weekend 2) l Register Here



USSF National 'D' License - Phase 4 - Performance Review (Testing)
First Time Candidates Cost = $175.00.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Phase 1-3
Retest Candidates Cost $175.00.  Prerequisite: Provisional Status OR State 'D'License awarded June 2013 and after.
Retesting candidates must consult with Paul Thomas, MSYSA Director of Coaching, prior to course registration for approval.  
  • If you are looking to upgrade from a State 'D' to a National 'D' and took the 'D' Course prior to March 2013 you must register for and retake the new USSF National 'D' Course in its entirety.  If you took the 'D' Course after March 2013 and received a State Pass you can register for Phase 4 - Performance Review (Testing) Course to re-test for a National Pass.
  • 'D' License Waivers are no longer offered or accepted.
  • A 'D' License is required to apply for the 'C' License Course.  Mandatory wait between these courses is 12 months.

USSF National D License Course - Phase 4 - Performance Review Offerings

Wixom l December 28-29, 2018 l Register Here


United States Soccer Federation C Coaching Course

Meeting 1:  July 27-August 3, 2018 (Pontiac, Michigan)

Meeting 2: October 27-29, 2018 (Pontiac, Michigan)

Retest: April 6, 2019 (Pontiac, Michigan)

Cost: $1,595

Register Here (Course Registration Max is 36 Candidates)

Cancellation Policy

Date  Amount Deducted 
Registration  25% Tuition 
8 weeks out (6/1/18)  50% Tuition 
6 weeks out (6/15/18)  75% Tuition 
4 weeks out (6/29/18)  100%