US Soccer National 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 License

Important Note: One of these grassroot licenses is MANDATORY for all RECREATIONAL coaches

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
  • Complete the US Soccer Health and Safety Module
  • Minimum Age: 16 years

Course Length: 2 hours total (Online)

Cost: See your local League for details

How to Register

  • Step 1: Register to take the 4v4 License 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 4v4 license.

Additional Cal South Requirements:

  • Concussion Certification

    To read more details, click here.

  • 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.

    Click here for our live scan form.

    To learn more about our Risk Management program, click here.