All coaches from recreation, volunteer, to competitive should all strive to educate themselves for their level of soccer coaching. USSF has the Coaches A-D, level certifications.
Previously, Level F used be the minimum license all level of coaches should obtain.
"Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses [grassroots level coaching courses in early 2018], the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway." - Kansas Youth Soccer Coaching Education Staff
Sign up for US Soccer Learning Center
If you are new - follow the US Soccer progression shown in the above figure:
1. Introduction to Grassroots Coaching - free, takes about 20 minutes
2. One Online Grassroots course across any of the four levels (11v11, 9v9, 7v7, 4v4) - $25, a couple of hours
3.Two In-Person Grassroot courses across any of the four levels - price set by host organization
If you previously earned a USSF F, USSF E, or both:
- USSF E + USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module
- USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module + 11v11 Grassroots in-person course + one other in-person Grassroots course
By following the steps above you will be eligible for D course and certification
DIgital Coaching Center
NSCAA - United Soccer Coaches
Another good certification course is through the NSCAA and its' Development Course. It is online and another good certification for young, new, inspiring coaches to get a solid base to start from. It is also 25.00 for the online course and well worth it.
Development Course and online store of courses - membership includes some classes
Foundations of Coaching online - $25
Small sided games online (4x4,7x7,9x9) - $75