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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.

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.

IMPORTANT:

Coaches must complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) training which is necessary for “trained” status in the NCCP database (this is available, in person or home study options).  MED multi-sport module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). 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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MPORTANT:

Making Ethical Decisions (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. Making Ethical Decisions multi-sport module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). 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 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

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.

In addition to the Community and Licensing Stream Coaching Courses, BC Soccer is pleased to provide our members with various workshops as ongoing coach educational opportunities.
 

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.

 

MOVEMENT PREPARATION WORKSHOPS

Physical Literacy Movement Preparation is an effective training program performed as a warm up before practices and games to enhance performance and durability.  Movement preparation not only prepares the body for movement, it also improves the way we move, reducing the risk of injury during physical activity and builds skills necessary for performance often neglected during regular training.

Participants complete two e-learning modules in preparation for a facilitator lead in-person practical peer teaching session supported by instructional materials.  This training will better prepare the participant to assist in the development of better movement skills in their athletes through a developing physical literacy approach.

Learn more at: http://physicalliteracy.ca/move-prep/

Sport for Life, in partnership with Canada Soccer has launched a new blended learning approach for the delivery of the Physical Literacy Movement Preparation Program.  As part of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ Legacy and with the financial assistance of the Public Agency of Canada, Sport for Life is working to coordinate workshops in British Columbia and is seeking community partners to host the on-field portion of the workshop.

Sport for Life and Canada Soccer will support the workshop with the following:

  • Cover the costs of the workshop facilitator
  • Workshop materials – coaching cue cards for all workshop participants
  • One agility ladder to be distributed to a workshop participant through a draw or as a leave behind for the local host
  • Provision of online registration platform - please note all participants will be required to complete two e-Learning modules in advance of in-person session

Updates

  • E-learning
    • A new e-learning option has been developed to replace the classroom portion of each workshop.  This allows the workshop to be delivered entirely on-field or in-gym, reducing the total instructional time to 3 hours as coaches will have completed the e-learning modules prior to the on-field or in-gym session
    • Until December 2019, both modules will be offered at no cost (to Canadians)
    • Both modules are automatically added to a participants account profile when they register for an in-person workshop via our CAMPUS site
  • In-person Workshops
    • Hosting workshops can be requested by way of the "Host A Workshop" information page located at: http://physicalliteracy.ca/host-a-workshop/
    • Sport for Life is providing increased coordination support to facilitate the delivery of workshops.  For questions and also to request to host a workshop, hosts can connect directly with me (nick@sportforlife.ca)
    • Once the date, time and location are finalized, I will provide the workshop host a digital flyer for electronic distribution to potential participants
      • As needed, workshop materials will be shipped either to the local host or to the assigned facilitator to bring with them
    • Post workshop, I will reach out to workshop facilitators to gather attendance and gender breakdown for reporting purpose