Register for a course (Coaches)

Coach education and certification is a major priority for BC Soccer.  Having coaches complete the appropriate age specific coaching course is imperative for the development of youth players in BC for both the grassroots and high-performance environments. The Canada Soccer / BC Soccer Coaching Certification Courses provides coaches with the appropriate tools to create the most positive environment possible for players to develop in.

In support of coach education, BC Soccer has the follow requirement for all Head Coaches.

NEW C LICENSE COURSE REPLACED THE B PRETEST IN 2016

Note: The B Pretest designation will no longer be accepted as a pre-requisite for the B Provincial as of 2018.

Coaches who hold a B Pretest designation do not receive course credit for the C License. However, coaches were given a transition period and exemption from taking the C License prior to registering for the B Provincial as a pre-requisite. As of January 2018, this transition ends and only coaches with a C License certified designation will be able to register for the B Provincial moving forwards.

 

As the governing body for soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer on behalf of the Canada Soccer is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to high performance levels. To meet this challenge, Canada Soccer has developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model. As a result, a two-streamed education program has been developed in conjunction with the NCCP that will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.  The Streams through which a coach may enter and/or advance are:

  • Community Coach Stream – This is an introduction to soccer and coaches may register for any of the 4 courses (Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life). Each course focuses on a different stage of development regarding children, youth and adult levels of play.  Coaches are not formally evaluated at these levels and do not need a pre-requisite to register.
     
  • Licensing Stream -  For coaches who wish to continue their coach education and be challenged as a coach, the C License is the gateway and the first opportunity for coaches to be formally evaluated. The B License (Part 1 and 2) and the A License courses are aimed at the professionalization of coaches and is geared at high performance soccer and for those who are coaching professionally or pursuing that level.  These courses are extensive and run during the week with a challenging curriculum. 
     
  • *The Development Stream is currently being developed and will be aimed at coaches who may or may not be a professional coach but who have an ambition to progress their soccer knowledge to the next level.  These courses will offer more flexibility to coaches who may not be full time in the game through a modular approach.

Each of these Streams include a number of courses designed to prepare coaches for working with players in a specific stage of development as outlined in the LTPD Model.

IMPORTANT:

Making Ethical Decisions (MED) multi-sport module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). For more info, cost and registration:  Making Ethical Decisions (MED).

Community Stream:  Coaches must complete the MED training which is necessary for “trained” status in the NCCP database (this is available, in person or home study options)

Licensing Stream:  Successful MED online evaluation pass (75%+) is necessary for “certified” status in the NCCP database.  MED training is recommended but is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test before having to complete the training. 

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 (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Length: 3.5 hours
Course Fee: FREE
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

Private Course
Private courses are offered only to coaches who belong to the Host Organization

Public Course
Public courses are offered to any coach who belong to the Host organization and also for any coach not part of the organization.

NOTE:  After completing registration, you are not confirmed until the host organization has approved you by email notification.  Host organizations cannot charge coaches a fee for Active Start Courses.


 

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 (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Length: 8 hours
Course Fee: $42 (includes GST)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

Private Course
Private courses are offered only to coaches who belong to the Host Organization

Public Course
Public courses are offered to any coach who belong to the Host organization and also for any coach not part of the organization.

NOTE:  After completing registration, you are not confirmed until the host organization has approved you by email notification.  Host organizations may choose to charge coaches a course fee (but only up to the maximum course fee as listed and no more).

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 (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Length: 16 hours
Course Fee: $76.13 (includes GST)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

Private Course
Private courses are offered only to coaches who belong to the Host Organization

Public Course
Public courses are offered to any coach who belong to the Host organization and also for any coach not part of the organization.

NOTE:  After completing registration, you are not confirmed until the host organization has approved you by email notification.  Host organizations may choose to charge coaches a course fee (but only up to the maximum course fee as listed and no more).

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 (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Length: 16 hours
Course Fee: $152.25 (includes GST)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

Private Course
Private courses are offered only to coaches who belong to the Host Organization

Public Course
Public courses are offered to any coach who belong to the Host organization and also for any coach not part of the organization.

NOTE:  After completing registration, you are not confirmed until the host organization has approved you by email notification.  Host organizations may choose to charge coaches a course fee (but only up to the maximum course fee as listed and no more).

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C LICENSE

Canada Soccer piloted the C Licence Program throughout 2014-2015 and it was introduced as the new entry level to the licensing Stream across Canada replacing the B Pretest Assessment in 2016.

NOTE: Coaches who hold a B Pretest designation, (meaning, they have completed and passed their B Pretest Assessment in the past), have been given a 2 Year window by Canada Soccer ending December 31, 2017 to take advantage of progressing in the coaching pathway with the ability to register for the B License Part 1 (B Provincial) directly up until that date.  After this date, the B Pretest designation will cease to be recognized and all coaches will be required to meet the entry requirements for the C License prior to progressing to the B License program.

The C Licence is for coaches who would like to continue with their coaching education at a higher level through the Licensing Stream. It is open to those who are serious about coaching and work within the competitive 11v11 game of soccer (U13+).

This program is divided into 2 steps made up of a training component and for those who wish to pursue formal evaluation, this can be done at a later date.  This allows coaches to practice what they have learned prior to undergoing their practical examination (delivering a practice session):

STEP 1:   C License-Trained Course (4 days of Theoretical and Practical Training)

STEP 2:   C License-Certified Course (1 day Practical Examination)

In addition to this, all coaches will be required to successfully complete the following on-line exams to earn their award:

  • Laws of the Game
  • Coaching Theory
  • Making Ethical Decisions (Competition – Introduction)

Pre-requisite: Soccer for Life Trained status (must complete the Training prior to the Evaluation)

Course Length: 4 days (32 hours + practical exam)
Course Fee: $630 plus $4.46 user fee / system processing fee (includes GST)

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches should be prepared to participate in physical activity on field as well as classroom group work and minimum age recommended is 18 with coaching experience.

B LICENSE PROVINCIAL

The B License Part 1 (B Provincial) focuses on working with high performance youth soccer within the Train to Train Stage of Development. This course offers both theoretical and practical coach training. 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.

This program is divided into 2 steps made up of a training component and for those who wish to pursue formal evaluation, this can be done at a later date.  This allows coaches to practice what they have learned prior to undergoing their practical examination (delivering a practice session):

STEP 1:   B LICENSE PROVINCIAL-TRAINED Course (5 days of Theoretical and Practical Training)

STEP 2:   B LICENSE PROVINCIAL-CERTIFIED  (1 day Practical Examination)

In addition to this, all coaches will be required to successfully complete the following on-line exams to earn their award:

  • Laws of the Game
  • Coaching Theory
  • Making Ethical Decisions (Competition – Introduction)

Pre-requisite: C License-Certified status or B Pre-Test pass status (B Pre-Test designation expires December 31, 2017)
Course Length: 5 days (40 hours + practical exam)
Course Fee: $735 plus $4.46 user fee / system processing fee (includes GST)

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches should be prepared to participate in physical activity on field as well as classroom group work and minimum age recommended is 18 with coaching experience.

B LICENSE NATIONAL

The application deadline is now CLOSED for the 2017 B License Part 2 (National) course held in British Columbia. 

Course dates are published annually in January for BC resident coaches.  All coaches must complete a pre-application directly with BC Soccer and priority consideration for selection will be given as follows:

  • Coaching in recognized High Performance Pathway in BC
  • Result and performance on B Provincial Examinations
  • Time lapse since completing B Provincial
  • Current coaching environment
  • Other

Please check back next year or you can apply for another course held in another province with Canada Soccer out of province application

The B License Part 2 (B National) 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 coach training.  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 a practical assessment process 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 License Part 1 (B Provincial) and approved pre-application though the BC Soccer Coaching Development Department

Course Length: 6 days (Residential ONLY - $1195 including course fee, meals and accommodations - rate is subject to change)

Please be aware that all coaches must apply to renew their license if it has been over 5 years since you obtained your B License Part 2 (B National) award.

A LICENSE PART 1 & 2

The 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.

Visit Canada Soccer A License program for more detailed information.

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

 

BC Soccer is pleased to provide Grassroots Festivals (outdoor & Futsal) to celebrate soccer across the Province.  These fun filled events are designed to maximize enjoyment and player participation within an age appropriate station based learning environment, which are based on the FIFA delivery model.  In addtion, the following Grassroots Workshops are provided free of charge upon request.

The following Grassroots Workshops are provided free of charge upon request.

- Futsal Festivals
- Outdoor Festivals
- Goalkeeping (U13+)


To request a workshop, please contact BC Soccer's Soccer Development Department via Paul Turner at Paulturner@bcsoccer.net

For more information, see our Grassroots webpage.

 

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 (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Length: 5 hours
Course Fee: $84 plus $4.46 user fee / system processing fee (includes GST)
Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
*Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

 

COACHING COURSE & REGISTRATION REFUND REQUEST

Changes as of August 1, 2016

 

COMMUNITY STREAM COURSES:  Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train, Soccer for Life

Please contact the Host organization directly with who you completed payment with. BC Soccer does not collect funds or issue refunds for any community stream coaching courses.

LICENSING STREAM COURSES:  C License, B License Provincial

Refund requests can be made 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

• Current Mailing Address

• Course level, course number, and course date

• 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.