PASC recognizes the value of supporting coaches and the impact better coaching will bring in terms of on field performance and commitment by coaches and players. The club encourages coaches to pursue licensing and other education opportunities offered externally. The club offers a reimbursement policy to permit PASC coaches to receive up to 100% repayment of the course fees.
Cal North Licenses and Licensing
CYSA North – District II Coaching License Policy. Click here for details.
- All Class 1 and Class 3 head coaches shall hold a CYSA E/D license. Head coaches of U16 or above Class 1 or Premier teams shall hold a CYSA State D license or equivalent NSCAA National diploma
- All Class 1 and Class 3 assistant coaches shall hold a CYSA F license.
For more information on coaching licenses go to calnorth.org and go to the Teams/Coaches tab.
State licenses are received by attending courses in the CYSA-N licensing program. The State and National D licenses course is offered through the CYSA-N state office. All lower courses are offered through CYSA-N districts. For Northern California Licensing Classes: click here. If enough coaches are interested in a particular class, the PASC can host a course here in Palo Alto for you. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
- F License: 3 hours classroom; 6 hours field (Minimum requirement for Class 1 and Class 3 assistant coaches in CYSA-N District 2)
- E License: 6 hours classroom; 12 hours field
- E/D License: 6 hours classroom; 26 hours field, typically held over two consecutive weekends (minimum requirement for Class 1 [up through U15] and all Class 3 head coaches in CYSA-N District 2)
- D (State) License: 4-5 Day residential course (minimum requirement for U16 Class 1 head coaches in CYSA-N District 2)
- D (National) License: Requirements: State “D” license plus on-field evaluation (needed for taking the National “C” license course (see below).
USSF National Licenses
National licenses are awarded by the USSF National School . All new candidates must have a national “D” license (see above) and must show proof of it when applying for the “C” national course. Coaches must hold the national “D” license 1 year before they can attend the national “C” course. More information is available from US Soccer National Coaching Program.
- “C” (USSF) License: 9 day residential course. For CYSA-N ODP head coaches; private organizations may establish this license as their minimum requirement
- “B” (USSF) License: 9 day residential course. Private organizations may establish this license as their minimum requirement
- “A” (USSF) License: 9 day residential course. For professional (MLS, A-League, WUSA), college coaches, US National team coaches, US National staff, ODP Head Regional coaches, USYS State Director of Coaching, ODP State team head coaches
Other (not in the “F”-to-“A” sequence)
- USSF “Y” License: 5 day residential course
- G (state goalkeeper) License: 3 hours classroom; 6 hours field
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
The NSCAA offers a comprehensive yet focused curriculum inclusive of all coaches at all levels of the game.
NSCAA Coaching Education programs emphasize collegiality and mutual, lifelong learning. NSCAA mission is to help our fellow coaches grow and develop in a positive and professional manner in each and every course they teach.
NSCAA Coaching Academy offerings are geared toward enhancing the development of the broadest cross-section possible of its membership. Coaches may enroll in a course geared to the level of player they coach. More information is available from NSCAA Education.
Other Quick Links
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Northern California Coaching Page
International Coaches Association