Register for a Course

BC Soccer is pleased to provide coach training in soccer for aspiring coaches across British Columbia. Canada Soccer has made coach education more accessible by moving to a blended learning format allowing coaches to complete the theoretical part of the course online (PART1) and the on-field component (PART 2) by attending an in person practical workshop. Canada Soccer has launched an online learning management system to lower the barrier to access for grassroots volunteer, parent, and guardian coaches. To choose which course is right for you, please refer to the Canada Soccer Coach Education Program pathway and the FAQ's below. If you have previously completed the Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and/or the Soccer for Life courses online or in person, you are not required to retake the new grassroots online coach education program.

The online theory is delivered on Canada Soccer's platform and BC Soccer uses the Coach Centre course management system to track your coach certifications, so it's important that you follow these steps:

  1. Create a Coach Centre account by clicking here. If you already have one, please proceed to step 2.
  2. You must* use the same Coach Centre full name and email address to register for the online theory (PART 1) by clicking here
  3. Once you complete the online theory course then you can register for the on-field practical workshop (PART 2) to complete your full certification level by clicking here.

*By using your Coach Centre name and email (exact match) to register for the online theory, it will ensure that your credit will be automatically applied to your account. It may take 7-10 days to apply the online theory course credit to your Coach Centre account from the time you have completed it, so don't delay. You will need this credit as a pre-requisite in the system before you can register for the on-field component, so we recommend to complete the online theory well in advance.

How do I register for a Grassroots Coach Education Program online course?
There are two ways to do this. To purchase a course as an individual coach, first visit the Canada Soccer Coach Education Store and purchase the online theory course that you wish to complete. You will receive a key and instructions on creating your Academy profile to access your Learning Plan. You will be required to complete the Coaching Soccer in Canada module the first time you register and then you will have access to the theory component for the course you have selected. Alternatively, ask your club if they have purchased a keycode for you to access the online modules. Once you have completed the online theory (PART 1) you can regiser and attend the on-field practical workshop (PART 2) to complete your full certification for the respective level.
 
What is the cost for the online program?
Please log in to the Canada Soccer Coach Education Store to view Canada Soccer's course fees.
 
Do I need to complete the Coaching Soccer in Canada online module for each course in the Grassroots Coach Education Program?
No. The Coaching Soccer in Canada is a one-time module to be completed when you register for your online theory course. It will be added to your profile for the first course you take under the Grassroots Coach Education Program, and it will be noted as completed in the Learning Plan section of future course registrations. 

How do I register for the on-field practical workshop component?
Contact your club and ask when they will be hosting an on-field practical workshop for the respective course you are interested in. Make sure that you have completed the online theory first as this is the pre-requisite. Once registration is open for an on-filed practical workshop, you can login (or create a login) at www.coachcentre.ca to register. 
 
For questions regarding the Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program please visit their website and if you are encouterning difficulties with the online platform please email: smarteru@canadasoccer.com 
 
How do I purchase a set of keys for my club’s grassroots coaches for the online component?
For clubs that wish to purchase keycodes for their grassroots coaches, visit the Canada Soccer Coach Education Store and select the number of codes you would like to buy for each course in the Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program. You will receive an email with each of the key codes and details on redeeming the codes. You are responsible for the distribution and redemption of the codes purchased for your club. The codes will not expire, however, they are unique and can only be redeemed once. Your coaches will then register on the Academy platform, redeem the code that was distributed to them, and complete the online theory course to be eligible for the on-field practical workshop component. Once coaches attend the on-field practical workshop your club is hosting, they will have completed their full certification for the respective course level.
 
What is the cost for the online program and the on-field practical workshop component?
Please log in to the Canada Soccer Coach Education Store to view Canada Soccer's course fees to purchase for your coaches.
 
How do my coaches register for the on-field practical workshop component?
Your club submits a request to host a course from BC Soccer through the course management platform called Coach Centre. Ensure that your ‘in-club’ Learning Facilitator is available for the date you want to host the course. Once the Learning Facilitator is confirmed, BC Soccer can approve your request and open registration. Then you can inform your coaches to register on www.coachcentre.ca
 
For questions regarding the Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program please visit their website and if you are encouterning difficulties with the online platform please email: smarteru@canadasoccer.com 
The Canada Soccer C Licence is the entry level course in the Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program. Coaches who complete the course can apply for their video evaluation process (see evaluations tab for more information). We offer two courses per year and the registration window will open one month prior to the course start date.
To search for an available course, please log in or create an account on www.coachcentre.ca
 
Registration  Course Start Period
January February Winter - Spring
July August Summer - Fall

All coaches must complete full payment at the time of registration or they will be automatically removed (see course cost below). If a course date is not available you can register your interest with us and we will notify you of an upcoming course by completing this form CLICK HERE.

IMPORTANT! Registering your interest does NOT guarantee a spot on the next course. It is your responsibility to register before the registration deadline posted and before the class fills up. Spots on the course are limited and once we open registration on www.coachcentre.ca, it is on a first come first serve basis.

 
What is the cost of the Canada Soccer C Licence course?
$600 + tax and a user admin fee ($4.25). This includes the course training and your first evaluation attempt called the Observation of Competency. If you are unsuccessful in your first evaluation attempt you may re-apply and pay a $50 fee to complete a Video Evalaution process. You will be provided a topic and be asked to complete a session plan prior to capturing a 25-30 minute video of yourself delivering an on-field session with a group of players or your own team. BC Soccer will provide you with the guidelines on how to succesfully complete and submit your video for evaluation. If you are unsuccessful again, you may be required to retake the course in part or in full at your cost (TBD by BC Soccer).
 
What can I expect taking the Canada Soccer C Licence course?
The online component of the course is made up of (8) eight modules containing video presentations, quizzes to check for your knowledge and various assignments including reflection logs on the learning topics. Coaches who have been confirmed on the course are required to log in with an @gmail.com account to access the content as this is delivered via the Google Classroom platform. All coaches are expected to submit assignments on time according to the due dates. Course candidates are assigned a BC Soccer Course Mentor who is responsible for reviewing your work, providing feedback and engaging you along the way based on the learning outcomes. Google Classroom is the place where you can view the training modules, complete all your assignments and where you will be receiving feedback from your mentor. Course content and assignments are released in increments and one block at a time (4 blocks total) to help you keep pace with the course. You will notice due dates attached to each assignment so you can manage your work to complete all (8) eight modules successfully over the 4 blocks.

How long is each block?
Each block is made up of video presentations you will watch, take notes in your reflection journal followed by a set of assignments to complete based on the respective module learning outcomes and these blocks are approximately 2 weeks long. We have set due dates for each task and coaches are expected to complete their respective assignments on time before the next block is released to keep pace with the course timelines.

How much time will I spend on each block?
You can expect to spend approximately 4-6 hours of work per block (over a period of approximately 2 weeks per block) which consists of watching the video presentations and completing your assignments. Your course Mentor will be giving you feedback on your assignments and engage you in dialog via private comments chat box in Google Classroom (you will receive an email notification when this occurs). This is where you can connect with your mentor, ask questions, answer any questions that your mentor poses you with the objective of drawing out learning outcomes to resolve an assignment and move on. It’s your responsibility to keep pace with the course timelines, show progress and effort as well as content understanding according to the learning outcomes. Coaches who don't respect these timelines and do not submit assignments on time will receive a warning to help get you back on track. If assignments are not submitted or continue to be handed in late, you may be removed from the program without reimbursement or credit for work done previously. If you are struggling for a valid reason, please reach out to to your mentor, we are here to help you.
 
While the C Licence program is currently delivered all online, you can get an idea of what the program is about by clicking on this promotional video taken pre-covid.
 
 
Where does the Canada Soccer C Licence Program fit in the coaching pathway?
The C Licence prepares coaches to progress to the Childrens Development Stream, Youth Development Stream or the Senior Performance Stream. 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 course. 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 Program directly with BC Soccer by logging in (or creating an account) at www.coachcentre.ca and search for course availability. Coaches who have completed the course can apply for their evaluation by clicking here.
 
What about the other courses in the Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program?
Canada Soccer is responsible for the registration and delivery of all other national courses in the pathway. Please visit Canada Soccer’s website for more details. 
How can I get evaluated?
If you are a resident of British Columbia and you have completed the C Licence course, you may apply here.
 
Is there a cost to get evaluated?
There is no cost to be evaluted the first time for the C Licence level as it is included in the initial course fee. If you are unsuccessful in your first evaluation attempt you may re-apply and pay a $50 fee to complete a Video Evalaution process. You will be provided a topic and be asked to complete a session plan prior to capturing a 25-30 minute video of yourself delivering an on-field session with a group of players or your own team. BC Soccer will provide you with the guidelines on how to succesfully complete and submit your video for evaluation. If you are unsuccessful again, you may be required to retake the course in part or in full at your cost (TBD by BC Soccer).
 
Can I get evaluted for other levels like the B Licence?
No. Canada Soccer is responsible for evaluating coaches at other levels within the Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program. If you are interest in an evaluation, please contact coaching@canadasoccer.com.