CalNorth & USSF Coach Licensing Clinics



Who needs to attend a clinic?

All recreational coaches must complete the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) F National Clinic and associated Field Component by the start of their second year of coaching (it is recommended that you take it before your first year, but due to logistical and timing issues, that is not always possible). 

Competitive coaches are required to complete the USSF National E Clinic.  If you are a rec coach who has aspirations of becoming a comp coach, it is a good idea to get the E Clinic done before you apply.


What do the clinics entail?

USSF National F Clinic:  The F Clinic is a 2-hour online course combined with a 5.5 hour field session intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of the online course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered, and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

The corresponding F Clinic Field Component focuses on player development philosophy for U6-U9 coaches and is required by the Placer Youth Soccer League (PYSL) and RYSC to accompany the online F Clinic.

The field component focuses on player development first, encouraging player creativity and discouraging the impulse to coach from play-to-play in order to win the match.  Other elements of the Field Component include:


  • Demonstrate the skill rather than providing a long-winded verbal explanation.
  • Promote a Growth Mindset and not a Fixed Mindset. Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow; we learn more when we fall short.
  • Promote a task orientation by asking players to focus on doing better than their previous best score.  The on-field philosophy is let the game be the teacher.  Additionally, no lines, no laps, no lectures (let them play)

    There are no prerequisites for this clinic. 




    USSF National E Clinic:  The E Clinic follows USSF curriculum covering long term athlete development, creation of training sessions, recognition of principals of attacking and defending, and small-sided games.  It consists of 6 hours of classroom sessions plus 12 hours of on-field training (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday).  Pre-class homework is assigned; pass/fail grading on course. The E Clinic is optional for recreational coaches, but it is mandatory for competitive coaches.  This course prepares attendees for completion of the USSF D Course. 


    The prerequisite for this clinic is successful completion of the USSF National F Clinic. 


    Please Note: Coaches wanting to register for and attend the E Clinic who have received their F license from CYSA or Cal North in the past, will have to take the 2-hour online portion of the USSF National F Clinic in order to be allowed by USSF to register for the E Clinic.  This is a USSF requirement. 




    Cal North Goalkeeper Clinic:  The Cal North Goalkeeper Course is designed to provide a technical and tactical understanding of the goalkeeper position. This course includes drills and activities that would suit numerous ability levels.  The clinic focuses on the following technical goalkeeper training: 


  • Ready position & dealing with shots of various heights
  • Goalkeeper diving technique
  • Goalkeeper’s positioning for shot-stopping
  • Goalkeeper footwork
  • Technique for goal-kicks & punts
  • 1v1s and Narrowing the Angle
  • Goalkeeper technical points for dealing with crosses
  • Game realistic training activities for goalkeepers


There is no prerequisite for coaches for this clinic.




Where can you attend a clinic?


Roseville coaches can attend any CalNorth or USSF coaching courses hosted by Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay FC, Loomis, or Lincoln at no cost.  Additional courses are also held in other locations.  The full schedule can be found here: 


Note, if you attend a clinic beyond the borders of the Placer Youth Soccer League, you will have to advance the registration fee yourself and seek reimbursement from the club once you receive your license.


New for 2016:


Cal North has changed the process for registering coaches for the F and E clinics.  Coaches are now required to register with USSF through its Digital Coaching Center (DCC) at the following link:


USSF National F Clinic


Coaches will need to register for this clinic at the above link and will be required to pay $25 up front for the clinic.  Per PYSL requirements, RYSC will reimburse coaches for the $25 registration fee only after receiving proof of successful completion of the online course and after completion of the associated F Clinic Field Component.


USSF National E Clinic


Similar to the F Clinic, coaches need to register for this clinic through the USSF DCC and will be required to pay $150 up front.  RYSC will reimburse coaches for the $150 registration fee only after receiving proof of successful completion of the course.  


USSF National F Clinic Field Component        


Because the F Clinic Field Component is similar to the E Clinic Field Component, and because there is no longer a waiting period for coaches between the E and F Clinics, a coach who has taken the online portion of the F Clinic will have six months to attend the F Clinic Field Component or take and pass the E Clinic without having to attend the F Clinic Field Component.  If the coach successfully passes the E Clinic, he or she will be reimbursed for both the F and the E Clinic registration. 


What clinics does RYSC offer?


2017 Clinic Schedule TBD



To register for the USSF National F Clinic Field Component or the Cal North Goalkeeper Clinic:


Please send an email to Identify yourself as a Roseville coach and supply your name, phone number, and the date of the clinic you would like to attend.


Clinics Held in Other Areas:


The above-referenced clinics are held all over Northern California between May and August.  A complete list of courses can be found here:


Note: This website is updated frequently so check back if you do not find any clinics that work with your schedule.


Roseville coaches can also attend clinics hosted by Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, or Eureka at no charge.  For clinics hosted by any other club, a coach will have to advance the course fee. Upon completion of the course, the coach can seek reimbursement from the club by emailing a copy of the license and proof of payment (copy of receipt or check) to the Club’s coach education coordinator at



Lost your license? 


If you have lost your license, you may download a Duplicate License Request form from the Coaching Downloads page.


If you have lost your license, you may download a Duplicate License Request form from the Coaching Downloads page.



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