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Female Coaching Framework

In March of 2021, BC Soccer unveiled its new Female Coaching Framework; a key objective of the 2024 strategic plan. The framework is designed to support women in coaching with the aim of increasing the number of female coaches at all levels while supporting their ongoing development and creating opportunities to acquire new leadership skills. This framework has three components including the Female Coach Mentorship Program, the creation of a Female Development Lead position within the Soccer Development Department, along with offering and hosting Fully Female Participant and Female Led Community Stream coaching courses.

Female Coach Mentorship Program

The Female Coach Mentorship Program is aimed at recruiting and supporting aspiring women in coaching by on-going developmental support through a Female Development Lead (mentor) as well as providing free access onto the Canada Soccer C Licence course.

BC Soccer is committed to help build confidence in selected coaches, to enhance their competence, and to encourage their ongoing contribution to the game as valued leaders in their soccer communities. With efforts to make this opportunity accessible and inclusive, the entire program is free of charge.

BC Soccer will seek to accept an annually predetermined number of coaches (mentees) for the Female Coach Mentorship Program which runs from March through November.

To submit your application, please check back in January of each year. For more information, please refer to the Female Coach Mentorship Program Manual.

Application Criteria:

  • BC Residents only
  • Women must be aged 19 years or older
  • Have not yet achieved a C Licence designation
  • Minimum 3 years of previous coaching experience
  • Active coaching (minimum 6 months per year)
  • Must be coaching a team during the program
  • Submit a valid Criminal Record Check

BC Soccer’s objective is to provide a service that contributes to increasing the number of female coaches across the province by promoting regional Grassroots Coach Education Program coaching courses exclusively for females.

If you are a female coach over the age of 16 and are interested in taking a Grassroots Coach Education Program coaching course delivered in a 100% female environment, then please register your interest with us. This will help us determine the overall interest level and the locations where we may be able to provide this service to female coaches in the future.

Click here to register your interest in the Female Only Community Stream Coaching Course

On June 8, 2021 BC Soccer announced the appointment of Chelsey Hannesson and Melissa Mobilio as BC Soccer Female Development Leads to support the delivery of the Female Coaching Framework.

Chelsey Hannesson is the Assistant Technical Director with Langley United Youth Soccer Association while also being directly involved in coach education with Canada Soccer. In her role with BC Soccer, Chelsey is currently the lead mentor for the Female Coach Mentorship Program to support selected coaches to work towards obtaining their Canada Soccer C Licence designation. In addition to this, the program is aimed at providing a holistic approach to support coaches improve their leadership skills and identify ways of analyzing coaching performance. In addition to personal growth, we hope it will foster opportunities for potential career development as well. Chelsey is also responsible for the delivery of the female-led and female-only Grassroots Coach Education Program coaching courses as a Learning Facilitator.

We are very excited to have Chelsey join the Soccer Development Department to not only play a key role with the implementation of the female coaching framework, but also utilize her skillsets in both coach education and player development.

Melissa Mobilio provided valuable contributions to BC Soccer as we work to develop our disability diploma. She continues to be part of the coaching and player development programs, however, is not in the formal Female Development Lead role as of March 2022.