Courses & Workshops

As the governing body for soccer in Canada the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge the Association has developed a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model. As a result a two-streamed education program (COMMUNITY SPORT and LICENSING STREAMS) have been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.

If you are inquiring about hosting a Coaching Course please see HERE

Please note: You must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in any of the Coaching Course offerings

ACTIVE START (U6)

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 3.5 hours
Course Fee: FREE
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

FUNDAMENTALS (U7-U8)

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Mini game formats are used, ranging from 3v3 to 5v5 and a basic league schedule can be created but no standings should be kept. All players should play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 7.5 hours
Course Fee: $40 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

LEARNING TO TRAIN (U9-U12)

This stage introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping, and the training to competition ratio should be 2 to 3 training sessions for every game.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 14 hours
Course Fee: $72.50 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

SOCCER FOR LIFE ( U13+)

At this stage, skill training demands and training loads are increased to develop and refine skills and tactics. Tactical awareness becomes an increasingly important facet of training, alongside mental toughness, concentration, and diligence. Elite soccer groups may express interest in recruiting talented young players, but coaches and parents should be careful to recognize and protect the long-term interests of each athlete. Game formats develop from 8v8 to 11v11 (although no 11v11 prior to 13 years of age) as players grow through this stage, and the season moves toward year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods.
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 14 hours
Course Fee: $145 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*


B PRE-TEST ASSESMENT (U13+)

The B Pre-Test is a non-certification course that is a mandatory pre-requisite for any coaches wishing to pursue the Canadian Soccer Association’s B License Program.  The main purpose of this course is to give coaches the proper methodology needed to detect and correct errors in technical development and small-sided game situations.  This course does involve some theory components, but is heavily geared towards the ability of the coach to plan and run effective sessions based on technical and tactical coaching topics. Coaches will undergo two (2) practical assessments of approximately 20 minutes each based on assigned topics.  Successful participants will be eligible to apply for the B License Provincial Course while those not meeting the standard will be required to retake the full course and assessment components.

Pre-requisite: Soccer for Life Trained status
Course Length: 20 hours
Course Fee: $500 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B LICENSE PROVINCIAL (U13+)

The B License Provincial focuses on working with high performance youth soccer within the Train to Train Stage of Development. This course involves both theory and practical coaching work. The theory components include: stages of development, methodology of training, session planning and the laws of the game (11-a-side). The practical components are heavily geared towards the ability of the coach to plan and implement effective training sessions based on a variety of technical and tactical coaching topics. Coaches will undergo two (2) practical assessments of approximately 20 minutes each based on assigned topics.  Successful participants will be eligible to apply for the B License National Course while those not meeting the standard will be required to retake the full course and assessment components.

Pre-requisite: Successful pass of B Pre Test
Course Length: 40 hours
Course Fee: $500 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee) NOTE: as of April 1, 2015 the B Provincial Course Fee is $700 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee.
Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B LICENSE NATIONAL (U13+)

Application to the B License National courses held in British Columbia are published annually in January and opens for coaches as soon as the Canadian Soccer Association confirms the dates.  The application deadline closes as of February 15th each year and all applicants are reviewed based on the Selection Criteria (see below).  All coaches will be notified of their status shortly after the deadline date once the selection process has been completed.

DATES:  May 18-25, 2015

LOCATION:  Langley, BC

COST:  $900 residential (includes food accommodation and course fee)

DETAILS:  This course is residential ONLY local coaches will not be permitted to commute daily

SCHEDULE:  It is mandatory to attend all on and off field components of the course, if you are not able to commit to the course, please do not apply.

MONDAY

May-18

6:00pm - 9:00pm

TUESDAY

May-19

9:00am – 9:00pm

WEDNESDAY

May-20

9:00am – 9:00pm

THURSDAY

May-21

9:00am – 9:00pm

FRIDAY

May-22

9:00am – 9:00pm

SATURDAY

May-23

9:00am – 5:00pm

SUNDAY

May-24

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

2015 B National Application is NOW CLOSED.  Thank you to all of those coaches who applied.

As per the Canadian Soccer Association’s guidelines, there are only limited spots reserved for this course for BC resident coaches so in addition to a successful PASS on the B License Provincial course, coaches must complete the selection criteria application form made available at the time the application window opens up.

The Canadian Soccer Association has developed a two (2) stream coaching pathway (Community and Licensing Streams), therefore, priority consideration will be given to coaches who are involved in the *Elite levels of play and where mandatory certification for this level is required in league play.

COMMUNITY SPORT STREAM (GRASSROOTS)    
All youth soccer which is non-professional and non-elite* is defined as grassroots.

LICENSING STREAM (HIGH PERFORMANCE / Elite*)
Elite* play within BC is delivered through Vancouver Whitecaps Academy Program, REX Female Program, BC Soccer High Performance Program and EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League

CANDIDATE SELECTION CRITERIA

• EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Coaches
• BC Soccer High Performance Program Coaches
• Vancouver Whitecaps Academy Program Coaches

• Canadian Soccer Association Program Coaches   
• BC Soccer’s Contract Facilitators   
• Result of B Provincial Practical Assessments
• BC Soccer’s Member Club Technical Directors
• Other


Course Overview: The B License National License focuses on working with high performance youth athletes within the Train to Train and Train to Compete Stages of Development.  This course involves both theory and practical coaching work.  Coaches will undergo two (2) practical assessments of approximately 25 minutes each based on assigned topics.  Successful participants will be eligible to apply for the A License National Course while those not meeting the standard will be required to retake the full course and assessment components.

Pre-requisite:  Successful pass of ‘B’ Provincial License and approved application though the BC Soccer Development Department
Course Length: 6 days (Residential ONLY - $875 including course fee, meals and accommodations - rate is subject to change)

If you are unsuccessful in your application, please re-apply next year or visit the Canadian Soccer Association link if you wish to register for an alternate course held in another Province.

NEW Re-Licensing process at the B License National Level:  http://canadasoccer.com/re-licensing-process-s16806

 

A LICENSE NATIONAL (U13+)

The CSA 'A' License Program is divided into two annual periods of ten days. Both parts will be conducted as residential courses, approximately twelve months apart, at the National Training Centre in Toronto. Each candidate will be required to complete a limited number of assignments between parts 1 and 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will include practical and theoretical aspects of study with the Final Practical assessments being held during Part 2 of the course.
See Canadian Soccer Association website for detailed information www.canadasoccer.com



In addition to the National Coach Programs, BC Soccer is pleased to provide our members with Grassroots Workshops and a Goalkeeping Diploma Course.

GRASSROOTS WORKSHOPS

These player centered, coach driven Grassroots Workshops are available to all Member Club/ District Associations to host. All workshops will be delivered by qualified BC Soccer Grassroots Tutor and Soccer Development Staff of BC Soccer.

For more information and to request a workshop

To view upcoming Grassroots Workshops that are taking place across the province please CLICK HERE

 


GOALKEEPING DIPLOMA

This course introduces team coaches to the art of goalkeeping. The contents of this course are designed to give team coaches some basic knowledge about the techniques and skills involved in being an effective goalkeeper and most importantly, giving the coaches enough information and direction to be able to effectively introduce goalkeeping into their weekly team training sessions. Previous goalkeeping experience is not required. This is not a NCCP certification course.
 
 
Pre-requisite: N/A
Course Length: 7.5 hours
Course Fee: $80 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: see below
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

 



 


 

 

 

 

COACHING COURSE & REGISTRATION REFUND REQUEST

In the event a paid registrant cannot attend a course, registrants may transfer to a course of equal level, with the same payment model as the original course (i.e.; Student Pay course), before the course starts, or within 18 months after the original course start date.

If there is no appropriate course to transfer to, refunds of course fees will be issued upon request by emailing aimeekapil@bcsoccer.net no later than 90 days after the course start date.

The refund e-mail request must include the following details:
• Full Name of Registrant
• Full name of Original Payee (i.e.; credit card holder name)
• Who the refund should be made payable to
• Current Mailing Address
• Course level, location course number, payment confirmation (receipt)
• Reason for refund request

Approved refunds will be issued via cheque within 45 days of request date.          

The system user fee paid on all courses is non-refundable, with the exception of courses cancelled by BC Soccer.