U.S. Soccer is partnering with the National Women’s Soccer League and U.S. Soccer donors to conduct the second C License Course for NWSL players.

With the goal of increasing the number of female soccer coaches in the United States, U.S. Soccer created a specific initiative to reduce barriers for NWSL players who are considering professional opportunities beyond their playing careers. The course will provide the group of professional players a first-hand educational experience that will serve as their initial step toward coaching as a profession.

Funded by individual donors to U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, the seven-week U.S. Soccer C License course is free for the 10 NWSL players who have signed up for the program.

This is the second C course held for NWSL players and provides a positive developmental experience within the coaching environment. Registration for the course was open to all NWSL players meeting minimum playing experience requirements.

The first in-person meeting of the course, running from Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at National Development Center in Kansas City, Kan., consists of classroom learning and field sessions. This educational phase of the course will be followed by a seven-week development period at each candidate’s home environment. The course concludes with a final in-person assessment meeting back at the NDC from Dec. 15-19.

The course will utilize the state-of-the-art meeting rooms and outdoor fields at the National Development Center and will be led by instructors Jene’ Baclawski, Rochelle Hearns, Maren McCrary and Karla Thompson.

Course roster

Morgan Andrews – Reign FC
Meggie Dougherty Howard – Washington Spirit
Adelaide Gay – North Carolina Courage
Bianca Henninger – Houston Dash
Tori Huster – Washington Spirit
Christine Nairn – Houston Dash
Paige Nielsen – Washington Spirit
Cambria Privett – Houston Dash
Jasmyne Spencer – Reign FC
Crystal Thomas – Washington Spirit