"D" License Courses

Course Content for "D" License Course

The D License is the highest level license that the state offers. In order to maintain consistency in the delivery and execution of the course the objectives, expectations, and grading for the "D" License course have been established by US Soccer. At the conclusion of the course the candidate will receive a National “D”, a State “D” or a fail. The candidate should be at least 18 years of age. 


  • To prepare coaches working with players 12 years of age and above by expanding their knowledge and understanding of the technical and tactical demands of the game and the developmental process necessary for players of these ages.  
  • To provide an understanding of practical coaching methodology and the framework necessary to prepare players and a team for competition.  
  • To prepare coaches for whom this represents their final coaching course, as well as those who plan to continue to further their coaching education.

Those wishing to attend the D License course must have successfully completed an E license/certificate course and have held the E certificate for at least 6 months. 


Curriculum (36 hours):

Classroom / Theory

  • Methods of Coaching, Team Management & Administration, Tactics I, Tactics II, Match Analysis, Laws of the Game, and Care and Prevention of Injuries.  

Field / Practical

  • Coaching Small Sided Games, Dribbling, Passing, Receiving and Turning, Heading and Crossing, Finishing, Fitness with the Ball, Goalkeeping, Possession, Defending and Attacking.  

Comprehensive Assessment and Review

  • Practice Coaching, Practical Field Test, and Written Exam. Attendance at all 36 hours is mandatory.  

Fee (effective January 1, 2013)

  • $160 per candidate  for coaches of VYSA teams
  • $210 per candidate for coaches of non VYSA teams
Site Coordinator Instructions for "D" License Course

The "D" License Course is a 36 hour course. Attendance is mandatory to pass course.

There is an oral examination on tactics and methods. There is also a graded take home exam on laws, team management, and care and prevention. Candidates must pass written and practical examinations.

A classroom with blackboard is needed. A field and/or gymnasium will be needed for practical demonstrations and in case of inclement weather. 

High School aged players are needed for practical sessions and evaluations.  Site coordinator should coordinate with the course instructor for number of players and times they are needed.

The minimum number of candidates is 16. The maximum number of candidates is determined by the size of the facility. Class size is limited to 20 candidates for the months of December, January, and February. An additional instructor is encouraged. The number of candidates is set one week before the course begins. One staff instructor/evaluator per 8 candidates is required for all coaching practice and evaluation sessions.

Those wishing to attend the D License course must have successfully completed an E license/certificate course.

Fees (effective September 1, 2009) for candidates taking the "D" License course are:

  • $160 per candidate  for coaches of VYSA teams
  • $210 per candidate for coaches of non VYSA teams

The site coordinator is responsible for the accuracy of each candidate’s registration form. The site coordinator is also responsible for collecting fees for all candidates. Payment for the course should accompany the course paperwork. Checks should be made payable to your club or league; the club or league should then issue one check for the amount due for the course made payable to VYSA.

Please make sure all information has been included and that the information is legible. It is the site coordinator’s responsibility to keep attendance.

The site coordinator should turn all registration forms over to the course instructor after the completion of the course. The instructor will indicate whether each candidate passed or failed the course and sign each form.  Either the site coordinator or course instructor must return all materials (registration forms, payment, course final report, and unused books) to the VYSA State Office within 7 days of completion of the course.

Post-Course Action
Follow up with the instructor to see that all paperwork and payments have been sent to the VYSA State Office within 7 days of the completion of the course.

Applicants should bring a soccer ball; training suit, sweat suit, or any form of action clothing; gym shoes; soccer cleats; and writing materials.

It is important that you establish a communication plan in the event of inclement weather.

Course certificates will be sent  by the VYSA State Office directly to the student coaches  successfully completing the course . Prompt submission of the completed, signed registration forms and payment of any amounts due is, therefore, imperative.

The Site Coordinator is permitted to attend this course at no charge.

Thank you for your assistance and good luck. If you have any questions, contact:

    Julie Caramanica, VYSA Administrator - Julie@vysa.com
    Jackie Burket, VYSA Coaching Education Administrator -  

    5450 Southpoint Plaza Way
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407
    Local (540) 693-1430
    Fax    (540) 693-1440

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