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 U.S. Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module - this is not a course (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, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11 courses ($25 per course payable to US Soccer);

Step 4. Attend one 4-hour In-Person Course – either 4v4 or 7v7 or 9v9 course; PLUS

Step 5. Attend one 4-hour In-Person 11v11 Course.

***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 DOC) 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 courses. Once all three (3) courses are complete please contact Patty at so she can verify your status. Once verified a newer YSSL coaching pass will be printed, based on the date of your background check.
To apply for a Temporary Coaching Pass, complete these three (3) fields on thecoaching 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 - SportsEngine Background Check


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 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 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

 last updated: 05/13/21 07:08pm