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)

Important: All three boxes (Level, Number and Date) must be filled in with information or the coach will not appear in our Queue to review for printing.

Part 2 - Background Check


Please read through this information before clicking on the Player's Health Background Check Link.

Click for a step-by-step guide to your background check: Player's Health & IYSA User Guide

Please note that THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK AND SAFESPORT ACCEPTED by the Illinois Youth Soccer Organization is through the link below. Please make sure you SELECT the YSSL (Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League) and other leagues you participate in (IWSL and/or ISRC):

Each background check is $18, here is the link to begin:         Player's Health Background Check Link

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

If you have not completed SafeSport in 2020 and you have completed the (3) three hour course training in the past, please log back into to complete the 30-minute refresher course. You have to log back in with the same email you used to complete the three hour training. Once completed, a "Refresher 1” certificate will generate with a long alpha-numeric code on the bottom lower left. Enter this code during your background check, so Player’s Health can verify your SafeSport training. 
Should  you  have  questions along the way that aren’t answered in the Player’s Health User Guide or in these steps, please reach out to PH support by phone at 612-345-9683, or by email at‚Äč

 last updated: 09/03/20 09:06am