BC Soccer focuses on 2 development topics

BC Soccer continues to work to better support the membership, their affiliated clubs and most importantly the participants and players within the soccer community in BC.

Vancouver BC, October 3, 2016 – Early in 2016 the BC Soccer Board of Directors identified two specific areas to gather more information on and work to support better.  One, being the programming within the golden age of learning (Under 8 through Under 12) and second, the role of Technical Director.  

With this focus, BC Soccer commissioned a third party sport specific consultant (Capitis Consulting) to research and provide an analysis of current soccer programing within the Learn-To-Train stage within BC Soccer affiliated clubs, along with comparison information from similar soccer infrastructures and to research and provide an analysis on the position of the Technical Director.  These reports were presented to the BC Soccer Board in April 2016.

Both of these areas are important components to the soccer community’s landscape in BC and impact on a large segment of players, therefore it is important to ensure all are aware of the work BC Soccer is planning to undertake over the next 6-12 months in these areas.

Learn-To-Train Soccer Programming and Activities

It was evident within the report that there are a number of clubs within the BC Soccer structure that offer very well structured programming based on the principles of Long Term Player Development, mainly those with full-time paid technical staff.  However, the report also highlighted that there are some areas within the soccer community, that only offer basic programming, primarily due a lack of knowledge and/or resources within the club to provide such.

Therefore, with a vision to place greater structure around the Learn-To-Train (U8-U12) stage within Long Term Player Development and provide the appropriate support and guidance to the affiliated clubs and members in BC, BC Soccer will be working to develop the following:

1. Under 8 to Under 10 & Under 11 to 12 - Grassroots Programming Guidelines.

These separate guideline documents will set the standards for clubs who wish to development their own curriculum / training model must adhere to.

2. Under 8 to Under 10 & Under 11 to 12 - Grassroots Programming Curriclum.

These separate curriculum documents will be for those clubs who don’t have the resource to create their own and will be designed to be easily scalable for the club size, available facilities / resources and season length.

3. Under 8 to Under 12 License (Club Programming License).

This License will be designed to recognize and support those clubs who are developing players within the recognized BC Soccer player development pathways (grassroots and high performance stream).Clubs will be able to apply for this License, which will have set criteria that is aligned with principles of Long Term Player Development and the agreed principles within BC Soccer’s development environments.

Technical Director

It was clear within this report that Clubs within the BC Soccer community would like more support and guidance as it relates to the role of Technical Director.  Therefore, with the desire to better support Technical Directors, potential Technical directors and the affiliate clubs and membership who hired and employee them, BC Soccer will be working to develop the following:

1. Clear definition of the role of the Technical Director (and identifying the role of a Club Head Coach / Coaching Staff), including what their main responsibilities should be and the suggested skill-set/qualities/experience/certification clubs should look for when hiring a Technical Director.

2. A BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma / Certificate.
    This will be a classroom style (lecture and interactive) course focusing more on the non technical items that are expected and required of technical directors.  This items include (but not limited to) the following: communication, finance management, governance and board reporting/role, public speaking, etc.

Providing Feedback

BC Soccer is currently seeking general comments and feedback from the entire membership, public and stakeholders of our game on the items BC Soccer is planning to working to implement over the next 6-12 months.

To provide feedback on either or both of this pieces of work, please do so by October 14, 2016 to with the following subjects:

  • Learn To Train Feedback
  • Technical Director Feedback

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About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  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.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 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’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.