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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 Stream and Licensing Stream). BC Soccer is responsible for training coaches across the province and is offering online coach education in conjunction with Canada Soccer during the COVID-19 pandemic until in-person workshops are available pending public health protocols.

BC Soccer is pleased to offer the online theory component for the Community Stream for FREE to coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic transition period of 'Return to Play'.

For course details within the Community Stream, Licencing Stream and the Evaluation process, please refer to the information under the respective tabs.

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. There are no pre-requisites for coaches to register for any of the Community Stream courses or the C Licence which is the first step in the Licencing Stream.

There are no exemptions available to by-pass any of the courses and coaches who wish to inquire about foreign certification equivalency need to contact Canada Soccer directly.

In support of coach education, BC Soccer has implemented minimum coaching requirements for all Head Coaches: Rule 20(i) Rules of Play - Youth

The Community 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. There is no pre-requisite to register for these 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. It 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. Please log in to your www.coachcentre.ca account to register or create an account.

How do I use the registration system?

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: The in-person workshop is 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: The in-person workshop is 8 hours
Course Fee: The per particpant fee is $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: The in-person workshop is  16 hours
Course Fee: The per participant fee is $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: The in-person workshop is 16 hours
Course Fee: The per participant fee is $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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MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS

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).

The Licencing Stream is for individuals who whish to pursue advanced levels of coaching. The C Licence is the entry level course in the Coach Education Program and prepares coaches to progress to the Development Stream (Children), Development Stream (Youth) or Performance Stream (Senior). There is no pre-requisite to register for the C Licence while it is also the first time that coaches can be formally evaluated after completing the workshop. Candidates who are successful in passing their evaluation can apply to progress within the pathway in one of these three specific streams. Residents of British Columbia can register for the C Licence course and the evaluation directly with BC SoccerFor all other Licencing Stream course information and registration details, please contact Canada Soccer directly.

If you are interested to register for the C Licence program, then please log in to your www.coachcentre.ca or create an account. 

How do I use the registration system?

C LICENSE

The C Licence Program is made up of theoretical and practical components. Coaches who complete the training are eligible to register for a video evaluation to become certified.

C License-Trained (Theory and practical) 

C License-Certified (Video Evaluation)

Pre-requisite: None

Course Length: The in-person training is 4 days (32 hours)
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 Licence Program is made up 2 parts begining with the B Provincial and progressing to the B National which includes theoretical and practical components. Coaches who complete the training are eligible to register for a video evaluation to become certified.

B Licence Provincial-Trained (Theory and practical) 

B Licence Provincial-Certified (Video Evaluation)

Pre-requisite: C License-Certified status 

Course Length: The in-person training is 5 days (40 hours)
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 B Licence workshop is the first step on the Performance Stream pathway and prepares the coach to progress to the Canada Soccer A Licence. The B Licence continues the facilitation of learning opportunities so that the coach may work effectively with senior players in the Performance Stream.

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.

Visit Canada Soccer’s website for more information and how to register for the B Licence Program

A LICENSE

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.

Please visit Canada Soccer's website for more information and how to register for the A Licence Program.

MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS

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).

BC Soccer has a Video Evaluation Process for residents of British Columbia at the C License and B License (Part 1). 
 
To apply for a C Licence Video Evaluation, you need to have a C Licence-Trained status.
To apply for a B Licence (Part 1) Video Evaluation, you need to have a B Licence Provincial-Trained status.
 
Coaches who have met the pre-requisites may submit their interest by completing an application. CLICK HERE 
 

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.