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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'. Please refer to the Community Stream tab for more details.

We have also launched the C Licence program through online learning. For more information, please refer to the Licencing Stream tab.

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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to public heath protocols and restirctions, BC Soccer is delivering the classroom theory portion of the Community Stream courses online (part 1). Once restrcitions ease and we can return to in-person courses, coaches who complete the online theory as a pre-requisite will be eligibel to register and attend the on-field practical component (part 2) to receive full certification credit. 

Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Fee: TBC

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches who attend the on-field practical component should be prepared to participate on field in light soccer activity. If you are injured or have a condition that prevents you from physical activity, please let your Learning Facilitator know.

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.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to public heath protocols and restirctions, BC Soccer is delivering the classroom theory portion of the Community Stream courses online (part 1). Once restrcitions ease and we can return to in-person courses, coaches who complete the online theory as a pre-requisite will be eligibel to register and attend the on-field practical component (part 2) to receive full certification credit. 

Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Fee: TBC

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches who attend the on-field practical component should be prepared to participate on field in light soccer activity. If you are injured or have a condition that prevents you from physical activity, please let your Learning Facilitator know.

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.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to public heath protocols and restirctions, BC Soccer is delivering the classroom theory portion of the Community Stream courses online (part 1). Once restrcitions ease and we can return to in-person courses, coaches who complete the online theory as a pre-requisite will be eligibel to register and attend the on-field practical component (part 2) to receive full certification credit. 

Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Fee: TBC

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches who attend the on-field practical component should be prepared to participate on field in light soccer activity. If you are injured or have a condition that prevents you from physical activity, please let your Learning Facilitator know.

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.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to public heath protocols and restirctions, BC Soccer is delivering the classroom theory portion of the Community Stream courses online (part 1). Once restrcitions ease and we can return to in-person courses, coaches who complete the online theory as a pre-requisite will be eligibel to register and attend the on-field practical component (part 2) to receive full certification credit. 

Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
Course Fee: TBC

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Coaches who attend the on-field practical component should be prepared to participate on field in light soccer activity. If you are injured or have a condition that prevents you from physical activity, please let your Learning Facilitator know.

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 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 and the evaluation directly with BC Soccer. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, due to public heath protocols and restirctions, BC Soccer is delivering the C Licence Program ALL online. We have adapted the course to help coaches complete their training despite not being able to complete the on-field requirements. Once restrcitions ease, will update the process and requirements as required.

What can I expect?

Coaches can expect to spend a significant amount of time in completing this course online. There are a total of (8) eight modules each made up of video presentations, quizzes to check for your knowledge and various assignments as well as completing reflection logs on the learning topics. Each module may take approximately (2) two hours to complete. This self-directed learning is self paced, but all coaches are expected progress along the way in a consistent manner by submiting assignments according to due dates. Course candidates are assigned a course Mentor who is responsible for reviewing your work, providing feedback and engaging you along the way with questions based on the learning outcomes to ensure that you can demonstrate a firm understanding of the curriculum content. The final module is an Observation of Competency where you will be required to make a maximum 30-minute presentation as part of the evaluation process via a video conference call coordinated with your Mentor. Our team of Mentors are qualified C Licence Instructors and Evaluators and we are pleased to provide this added service in our C Licence online program.

COST: $600 (plus tax and user admin fee)

BC Soccer is pleased to have kicked-off its C Licence course delivered online in 2021. We are looking to schedule the next intake of coach registrations based on demand and once the current cohort has finished the program in full. If you wish to register your interest, 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, it is on a first come first serve basis.

For questions, please contact connorsmith@bcsoccer.net 

C LICENSE

We are currently offering the C Licence Program online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 8 modules delivered in the Goole Classroom platform made up of video presentations, session planning exercises, quizzes to check for knowledge and an evaluation component. All coaches requrie an @gmail.com email address to access these modules.

Pre-requisite: None

Course Length: Each module takes approximately 2 hours to complete and coaches should aim to finish within 30 days.

Course Fee: $600 (plus tax and user admin fee)

*Coaches should have basic computer skills for the online theory. The minimum age recommended is 18 with coaching experience.

B LICENSE

NOTE: The B Licence Program is in a transition phase. BC Soccer is no longer delivering the B Licence Provincial course as of December 2020. Coaches who have obtained their B Licence Provincial designation in the past and are interested in completing the B Licence National course during this transition should inquire and contact Canada Soccer directly at coaching@canadasoccer.com 

Coaches will be given a transition period as determined by Canada Soccer to complete their B Licence National level by applying with Canada Soccer directly during 2021. After the transition period, coaches will be required to take the new course.

Please click on the links for more information about the B Licence Program and certification Maintenance & Renewal Process

CANADA SOCCER COURSES

Canada Soccer is responsible for the development of curriculum and licence streams for coaches from grassroots to professional and National Team environments. Canada Soccer delivers the following courses as part of their Coach Education Program.

Childrens Licence

Youth Licence

Youth Licence - Goalkeeping

B Licence

A Licence

Pro Licence

For more information about courses that Canada Soccer offers, please click here.

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 Licence level only. Coaches who have completed the C Licence workshop can apply for an evaluation at no cost. To submit your application, please ensure that you complete the Video Evaluation Application Form: CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: If your Video Evaluation Application has been approved, you will be contacted about how to proceed with the next steps. Please be aware that your application may be rejected if public heath protocols restrict delivering a session according to the C Licence parameters during the covid-19 pandemic.

Coaches who are unsuccessful in their evaluation will be required to pay a $50 fee for a second evaluation attempt. If a coach is still unsuccessful after a second attempt, the coach may be required to retake the course in part or in full before applying for an additional evaluation.

Canada Soccer is in the process of transitioning to a new B Licence program and therefore, BC Soccer has phased out delivering the B Provincial course and evaluations. For more information, please visit Canada Soccer’s website regarding their coach education programs. If you have specific questions about your current B Licence status and how this transition may affect that or your next steps within the coach education pathway, please contact Canada Soccer directly at: coaching@canadasoccer.com