The online courses are hosted at U.S. Soccer's Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and cost $25. The in-person courses -- two hours of field work and two hours of classroom -- are run by U.S. Soccer member organizations, whose prices vary.
Completing a minimum of two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11 course) and one of the online courses earns eligibility for taking the D license course.
"By taking a Grassroots Course, candidates develop competencies to create enjoyable, safe and challenging learning environments for players of all ages," U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Barry Pauwels said in a press release. "Through these educational initiatives, we hope to inspire coaches to become the best version of themselves and bring enjoyment and development to millions of players."
• If you currently hold an E license: you advance to the D license by completing the cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module.
• If you currently hold an F license: you advance to the D license by completing the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, the 11v11 in-person course, and one additional in-person grassroots course, the 4v4, 7v7 or 9v9.
• If you do not already have a U.S. Soccer license: you advance to the D license course by completing the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, the 11v11 in-person course, one other in-person course, and one online Grassroots course.
"The introduction of the Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 online and in-person courses have been a milestone for the game in our country," said Pauwels. "These new offerings were the product of research, development and collaboration with our youth members. The online courses make education even more accessible for all coaches across the country."
The Grassroots Courses recommend a Play-Practice-Play structure, in which the children begin and end practice with "intentional free play."