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Canada Soccer has developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Program into a two-streamed model (Community and Licensing). BC Soccer is responsible for training coaches across the province at all levels and we are pleased to offer a new online coach education initiative to help all coaches.

*Please note that BC Soccer has offered the online learning modules for FREE to coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic and during the transition period of 'Return to Play' for 2020. Information about coaching course fee updates for online and on-field components will be posted on this website.

Classroom/Theory for all Community Coaching Courses Now Online

In conjunction with Canada Soccer, we are pleased to offer online learning for all Community Stream coaching courses. The online theory component (part 1) is for coaches who want to start their certification process in the Community Stream and then finish the practical on-field component (part 2) to obtain their full certification.

The online theory is made up of various modules to help you become more knowledgeable at the age specific stages of development that you coach. Work at your own pace to complete these modules which may only take about 60-90 minutes in total to finish the entire course. To receive full certification credit, all coaches are required to successfully complete the online theory component (part 1) as a pre-requisite first before being able to register for the practical on-field component (part 2). Once both parts have been completed, you will receive certification credit for the respective level.

If you are or will be coaching in one or more of the following age groups and previously have not completed this course requirement, then the online theory is for you as your first step.

For instructions on how the registration system works, please click here: How do I use the registration system?

Log in to your www.coachcentre.ca account to register for a coaching course.

 

Coach education is a major priority for BC Soccer. Encouraging coaches to complete age specific coaching courses is imperative for the development of players at all levels. These courses provide the appropriate tools for coaches to create the most positive soccer environments possible. In support of coach education, BC Soccer has implemented minimum coaching requirements for all Head Coaches.

Rule 20(i) Rules of Play - Youth

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Coaches who hold certificates or designations from other countries and are inquiring about Canadian equivalency, please contact coaching@canadasoccer.com

With the introduction of Long Term Player Development, Canada Soccer launched the new community coaching courses in 2012. Coaches who held the old Community Coach Childrens (CCC), Youth (CCY) or Senior (CCS) designations were given a two year transition window and at that time, these courses were no longer recognized.

In 2016, Canada Soccer introduced the C License course in the pathway which replaced the old B Pretest. Coaches were likewise given a two year transition window and then it ceased to be recognized.

The Community Coach Stream 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 and coaches are not formally evaluated at these levels. Coaches need to complete the Online Theory and Practical Field Components to receive certification credit.

IMPORTANT:

Coaches are required to complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) training which is necessary for “trained” status in the NCCP database. This MED multi-sport module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is available, in person or through home study options). For more info, cost and registration:  Making Ethical Decisions (MED).

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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The Licensing Stream is 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.

IMPORTANT:

Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation pass (75%+) is necessary for “certified” status in the NCCP database.  Coaches can choose to take the evaluation directly (without the training) but only have two tries at the test before having to complete the training. Making Ethical Decisions multi-sport training module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is available in person or through home study options. For more info, cost and registration:  Making Ethical Decisions (MED).

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 hela B Pretest designation, (meaning, they have completed and passed their B Pretest Assessment in the past), had 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 ceased to be recognized and the entry into the Licensing Stream begins with the C License.

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 who may want to pursue the Childrens License (U5-U12), The Youth License (U13-U18) or the B License and A License programs.

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: None

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

If you are required to take the National B License and are seeking priority registration, please register early and/or contact Canada Soccer directly (contact details are found on the link).  

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.

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.

If you are unavailable for this course or you have not been accepted this time around, please check back next year or you can apply for another course held in another province with Canada Soccer out of province application

Visit Canada Soccer’s website on how to register for the National B License and for more information.

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.

BC Soccer has introduced a Video Evaluation Process for residents of British Columbia at the C License and B License (Part 1).  Coaches who have met the pre-requisites below may submit their interest by completing the APPLICATION FORM.

READ ME!  Video Evaluation Process and Acceptable Devices

BC Soccer will only accept applications from coaches who meet the following pre-requisites:

C License evaluation:  Coaches must have completed the 4-day C License workshop, submitted the portfolio task, passed the Laws of the Game and passed the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation module.

B License (Part 1) evaluation: Coaches must have passed the C License evaluation, completed the 5-day B License (Part 1) workshop, submitted the portfolio task and passed the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation module.

NOTE:  First time evaluations are at no cost but there is a $50 fee if coaches wish to re-apply for a second evaluation attempt. If a coach is still unsuccessful after a second attempt, the coach will be required to retake the respective workshop in full prior to pursuing another evaluation.