Age Specific Coach Education Mandate

Vancouver BC, August 18, 2015 – Coach education and certification continues to be a major priority for BC Soccer and the mandated age specific coach certification date of June 1, 2016 is quickly approaching.

BC Soccer is pleased to be working with members and their affiliate clubs on the In-Club Learning Faciliator initative which is a call to action to put forward appropriate indidivuals to be trained as BC Soccer Coaching Learning Facilitators to assist and deliver coaching courses in the community stream.  For form information on this initiative, please visist

The BC Soccer rule which was proposed by BC Soccer Board of Directors and passed by the Youth Districts and Adult Leagues (the membership) at the BC Soccer AGM on June 14, 2014 states:  

    Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association / BC Soccer Association coaching course respective to the age group of the team(s) they are currently coaching.

“Coach education continues to be a huge focus for BC Soccer moving forward,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer President. “Adoption of this initiative delivers on a key objective in the BC Soccer Strategic Plan, and also supports the strategic plan of the Canadian Soccer Association. We look forward to all players having an able and qualified coach.”

BC Soccer’s rule allows coaches six months to enroll and complete the age specific coaching course from the time they are appointed head coach of the respective team. BC Soccer offers and delivers Canada Soccer’s national coaching certification courses within the Community Sport Stream which are age specific and focuses on the Long Term Player Development stages being; Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train, and Soccer for Life.

“Having coaches complete the appropriate age specific coaching course is imperative for our youth players to be properly trained whether they’re involved in the high performance or grassroots stream of soccer,” says Rob Csabai, BC Soccer Manager of Coaching Development. “Mandating these courses will improve consistency amongst coaches and provide them with the appropriate tools to create the most positive environment possible for players to develop in”.

For more information on BC Soccer’s Coach education mandate and to learn more about age specific coaching courses please visit

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with their member Youth Districts and Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.