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Coaching Requirement Policy

BC Soccer updated its Coach Requirement Policy effective September 1, 2023. The Policy outlines the minimum coaching requirements for all coaches of any youth or adult teams to be properly registered in British Columbia. This includes Safe Sport requirements and technical training designed to support the delivery of developmentally appropriate environments to players.

Requirements were phased to allow member organizations and affiliated clubs to prepare and support coaches in obtaining certification.

As released via BC Soccer IB_2023-25, on June 26, 2023, effective for the 2024 Interior and 2024-25 Coastal seasons, the new requirements will now be in place. To review the requirements, schedule, and implementation, please review the message from Rob Csabai, Manager of Coaching Development.

BC Soccer was the first Member Association in Canada to introduce minimum requirements for coaches back in 2016 and has since further aligned to the Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster initiatives, supplemented by the updated BC Soccer Coach Requirement Policy.

For an overview of the coaching requirements please click here.

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.