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 (Stage 1 ‘First Kicks’ U4-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 (Stage 2 'Fun with the Ball' U7-U9)

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 (Stage 3 ‘The Golden Age of Learning’ 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: $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.*

SOCCER FOR LIFE (Stage 7 ‘Soccer for Health & Grassroots Growth’ U13 - U18+)

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.*

Making Headway Concussion eLearning Series


B PRE TEST

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: $300 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B PROVINCIAL

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)
Registration: CLICK HERE
*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B NATIONAL

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.

As per the Canadian Soccer Association’s guidelines, there are only 12 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 this a 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.

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, BC Soccer Provincial Development Program and EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League

CANDIDATE SELECTION CRITERIA

• EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Coaches
• BC Soccer Provincial Development Coaches
• BC Soccer’s Member Club Technical Directors
• Vancouver Whitecaps Academy Program Coaches
• BC Soccer’s Contract Facilitators   
• Result of B Provincial Practical Assessments
• 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

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

Making Ethical Decisions

Making Ethical Decisions

This module is offered through Coaches Association of Canada and delivered by its local NCCP partner that is aimed at coaches to identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.  Since the launch of the new courses within our National Coaching Pathway, the Making Ethical Decisions module became a separate component from the soccer-specific courses and enables the coach to complete it on his/her own time.  The coach only needs to complete this module once and it is evaluation based.  Coaches can initially take the training through either, on-line, in-class or home-study options for $65 and then must complete the online evaluation (included in the fee) meeting a passing grade of minimum 75%  in order to obtain record on their NCCP transcript.

Once coaches have completed the MED training and it appears on their NCCP transcript, they will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation (Competition Development module).  Coaches may also choose to proceed directly to the MED evaluation without taking any training, however, please note the following:

  • This fee is an $85 charge for directly attempting the on-line evaluation
  • Coaches will have two (2) attempts at passing the evaluation ONLY.  If after two attempts they have not received a passing grade of 75%, coaches will be required to register for MED training prior to re-trying the on-line evaluation

For more information and how to register for this course and/or proceed to complete the on-line evaluation, please click here:  Making Ethical Decisions Module

NOTE:  Be sure to complete the correct on-line evaluation named “Competition – Development”


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