Coaching Pass Rules & Requirements - 2 Part Process

Part 1 - Coaching License

Grassroots Course for Competitive Coaches

The following Grassroots courses are the replacement for the E License, which is no longer offered. All current E License holders will not need to take this course. Please see below the new competitive course steps for coaches wanting to coach competitively.

Step 1. Create a coaching profile in the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center(DCC). DCC Link (Free)

Step 2. Complete the US Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module (Free - 20 minutes)

***Note: If you have previously completed the "F" license, skip to step #4***

Step 3. Complete one 2 Hour Online Course – 4v4 course (currently available) 7v7 or 9v9 or 11v11 courses (coming soon) ($25 per course payable to US Soccer)

Step 4. Attend one 4-hour In-Person Course – either 4v4 or 7v7 or 9v9 course ($125 per course)

Step 5. Attend one 4-hour In-Person 11v11 Course ($125)

***Note: Use this link to register view the available Coaching Courses offered and register to attend. Coaching Education Courses Registration Link

Step 6. After completion of the 11v11 Course, a link will be sent to you by the IYSA to participate in the Introduction to IYSA Competitive Club Soccer Webinar (Free - 60 minutes)

Total Cost - $275

This pathway will qualify you to take the D license course, should you want to pursue further coaching education. There is no wait period between completion of the Grassroots and registering for the D license course.
If your club wishes to host the course, please contact Adam Howarth directly to set up a date and time for the course.

Please direct any questions to:
Adam Howarth
Illinois Youth Soccer Association Technical Director/Director of Coaching

***A coach who will be attending an IYSA coaching course just prior to the season start or during the season, may receive a Temporary Coaching Pass that will allow them to coach for the current season only, while they complete their coaching course. Once the course is completed a copy of the coaching license must be emailed to the YSSL ( and a new 2 year coaching pass will be printed. To apply for a Temporary Coaching Pass, complete these three fields on their coaching license section in the YSSL as follows. 
     Level   Grassroots
     Number   Pending
     Date   (The date the course is being held)

Part 2 - Background Check

To renew or receive a coach’s pass, a coach must submit a new background check ($18) via this link:

Background check link

Please note that THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK AND SAFESPORT ACCEPTED by the Illinois Youth Soccer Organization is through the link above. 

When you register for your background check make sure you SELECT the Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL) and any other leagues you may participate in, for example the IWSL and/or the Illinois Soccer Referee Committee (ISRC) if you also referee. 

Via this link you will also complete:

✅ concussion training (free) and; 

✅ SafeSport (free).

If you have completed the 3-hour SafeSport training in the past, please log back to the SafeSport site to take a 20-minute refresher course. Upload the refresher certificate during the background check process. 

If you have not completed the 3-hour SafeSport training or you are unable to log back into the site, you must take the three (3) hour SafeSport training through the link above. SafeSport certificates earned through the site will not be accepted. 

Also our office will NOT BE ABLE to view that you have passed your background check until the concussion certificate and the SafeSport certificate are uploaded during the background check process. Only then can we print your coaching pass. 

Please begin the background check process sooner than later. It takes a bit more time with the concussion and SafeSport components. 

Any questions please contact Patty at

 last updated: 07/08/19 12:54pm


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