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Canada Soccer Launches AccelerateHER Program

Canada Soccer is proud to launch the AccelerateHER coaching program, a strategic initiative to foster gender equity within Canada Soccer's Advanced Coaching landscape. The new program will provide comprehensive support to women coaches along a progressive development pathway aligned with the highest coaching standards in our country. 

The AccelerateHER program will train 85 coaches seeking their Coaching Diplomas at either the A, B, C Children’s, and Goalkeeper levels.

Addressing Gender Disparities in Advanced Coaching

To date, only 10% of coaches in Canada Soccer’s Advanced Coach Education Program are women. This gender imbalance is attributed to systemic obstacles, including limited opportunities, restricted access, financial barriers, and insufficient support for women aspiring to advance their coaching credentials. This underrepresentation highlights the need for inclusivity and signifies a missed opportunity for diverse perspectives within coaching teams, impacting player development and program effectiveness. 

In response to this challenge, Canada Soccer has introduced the AccelerateHER program as a strategic initiative addressing gender disparities in the country's sports coaching landscape. The program aims to recruit women coaches nationwide, providing them with enhanced resources and support to expedite their coaching journey. ​

Comprehensive Support for Canada Soccer’s Advanced Coach Education 

AccelerateHER will provide robust support to women in Canada Soccer's Advanced Coach Education Program, offering mentorship, resources, and guidance. The initiative focuses on training 85 women coaches seeking Canada Soccer A, B, C, Children's, and Goalkeeper Diplomas, ensuring a comprehensive and progressive development pathway aligned with the country's highest coaching standards. Coaches will receive a bursary to ease financial burdens, access curated training, and be paired with a mentor throughout the program. 

Contributing to the Future of Women's Soccer in Canada

Recognizing the crucial role of women as role models, the AccelerateHER coaching program encourages girls and women to participate and stay involved in sports actively. The program ensures more women are coached at the highest levels in Canada. With the recent announcement of Project 8, a new women's professional soccer league in Canada for 2025, AccelerateHER can be instrumental in providing essential training to fast-track more women into coaching roles. Additionally, the standards-based Canada Soccer Player Development Program (PDP) network requires all coaches to hold advanced certification as well as ensure gender representation in the coaching staff, creating further opportunities for women within the coaching pathway. ​ 

The AccelerateHER Program will play a vital role in shaping the future of women's soccer coaching in Canada. Through essential training, leadership opportunities, and mentorship, the program contributes significantly to the overall growth and success of the sport. The strides made by AccelerateHER promise a more inclusive and diverse coaching landscape, paving the way for sustained excellence in women's soccer. 

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.