Coaching Requirements

To coach a recreational or competitive team, there are four requirements:

  1. Appropriate Coaching License
  2. Safe Sport Certification
  3. Concussion Training Certification
  4. “KIDSAFE” Risk Management Clearance

1. US Soccer “grassroots” Online Licenses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Important Note: One of these grassroot licenses is MANDATORY for all RECREATIONAL coaches. Coaches should do the course for which they are currently coaching (i.e. 7v7) but if a course has been previously completed, there is no need to take another course for licensing unless a coach wishes to participate in additional professional development for another age group.

Course Information

It is MANDATORY that all new RECREATIONAL coaches complete one of the above 2-hour online courses.

The course selected should be based on the game appropriate model and age they coach.

The “4v4” “7v7” “9v9” “11v11” online license courses take approximately 2-hours to complete and provide instruction in recreational coaching using the Play Practice Play methodology.

The focus of this grassroots course is to share best practices in creating a fun, educational, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for youth players.

Topics will include the Six Tasks of a US Soccer Coach:

  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Leading the Team
  • Managing the Performance Environment
  • Coaching Games
  • Leading the Player
  • Leadership


  • Create a coaching profile in the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC)
  • Complete the US Soccer Introduction To Grassroots Coaching Module
  • Minimum Age: 16 years

Course Length: 2 hours total (Online)

Cost: $15, if you register through Cal South

How to Register

  • Step 1: Register to take any of the online licenses within the Cal South system by clicking here
  • Step 2: Make sure you have created your DCC account and have taken the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
  • Step 3:Register within the DCC to take the online license course using your code.

2. Safe Sport Certification

Coaches must complete the SafeSport online training program. You will receive the access code for the course from our club.


An Act, To prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes.

The U.S. Congress and the U.S. Olympic Committee entrusted the Safe Sports Training Center with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (S.534) designates the Center to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of amateur athletes.

To comply with the Law – All Club Administrators, Coaches, Managers and any other adults authorized by the club to interact with the amateur athletes, must complete the training and have a certificate of completion uploaded to their Cal South record and verified. This is in addition to having APPROVED risk management status.

The SafeSport Trained course covers the following topics in-depth:

  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct

A certificate is available once the course is concluded. Coaches need to upload the certificate in their Cal South registration system profile.


3. Concussion Certification

Coaches must complete one of the following online training programs:

To read more details, click here.

A certificate is available once the course is concluded. Coaches need to upload the certificate in their Cal South registration system profile.

4. KIDSAFE Risk Management Program

  • (For Legal Adults Only) If you are 18 years old or older, you will need to adhere to our KIDSAFE Risk Management Program. All legal adults must have their fingerprints cleared by the Department of Justice before they are allowed on the field with our youth. To complete this, you will need to download our live scan form which can be taken to any servicer. You can do a quick google search for “local live scan locations” and take your form to them. The cost will range anywhere from $15-$30. Keep your copy of the live scan form after the service is done until you have received an email confirmation that we have received your results. On average it takes from 1-14 days to receive results back from the Department of Justice. We will update your Cal South profile as soon as that clearance comes in.
  • Upon completing the scan, please contact our treasurer for reimbursement for the fee.