YSSL Coaching Pass
(REQUIRED FOR COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES)
Mandatory Requirements - Coaching Education & Background Check
Part 1 - Coaching Education/License
If you have a "U.S. Soccer A, B, C, D, E or Grassroots License" please upload proof of your license to your YSSL profile.
YSSL coaches must have at a minimum an E license or Grassroots license - F licenses are not accepted.
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. To work towards a US Soccer competitive coach license please follow the steps below:
Step 1. Create a coaching profile in the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center(DCC). DCC Link (Free)
Step 2. Complete the U.S. Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module - this is not a course (Free - 20 minutes)
*** If you have previously completed the "F" license, skip to step #4 (no need to complete the online course) ***
Step 3. Complete one 2 Hour Online Course – 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11 courses ($25 per course payable to US Soccer);
Step 4. Attend one 4-hour In-Person 11v11 Course; PLUS
Step 5. Attend one 4-hour In-Person course of either 9v9, 7v7 OR 4v4.
*** 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)
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 a course, please contact Adam Howarth (IYSA- Illinois Youth Soccer Associaton DOC) directly to set up a date and time for the course at:
Adam Howarth, Illinois Youth Soccer Association Technical Director/Director of Coaching, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** If you are attending an IYSA coaching course days prior to the season start or during the season, you may be eligible for a Temporary YSSL Coaching Pass. This pass will allow you to coach for the current season only. Once all courses are completed please contact Patty at email@example.com so she can verify your status. Once verified a newer YSSL coaching pass will be printed.
To apply for a Temporary Coaching Pass, complete these three (3) fields on the coaching license section in your YSSL profile as follows.
Date (The date the course is being held)
Important: All three boxes (Level, Number and Date) must be filled in or the office is unaware that you or your coach have completed the requirements.
Part 2 - SportsEngine Background Check
NEW BACKGROUND SEARCH PROCEDURES BEGAN MAY 1, 2021
Please read through this information before clicking on the Player's Health Background Check Link.
Please note that THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK AND SAFESPORT ACCEPTED by the Illinois Youth Soccer Organization (IYSA) is through the link below.
Each background check is $20, here is the link (scroll to bottom of page to begin bg check): SPORTSENGINE BACKGROUND CHECK
Please note that THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK AND SAFESPORT ACCEPTED by the Illinois Youth Soccer Organization is through the link above.
If you've completed the (3) three hour SafeSport training/Refresher in the past 6-9 months you will NOT need to re-do at this time. However, if within the past 6-9 months you have not completed a SafeSport training, you will need to log back into https://safesport.org
to complete the 20-minute SafeSport Refresher 1 course. You have to log back in with the same email you used to complete the initial three hour training. Once completed, a "Refresher 1” certificate will generate with a long alpha-numeric code on the bottom lower left.
Should you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org