Resources and FAQ's

Ongoing coach education, player safety and providing helpful resource materials are of great importance to BC Soccer.  This page has been designed to provide the membership, affiliated organizations, coaches, parents and players with educational health, fitness, safety and age appropriate coaching resources.

The BC Soccer technical resources cover information that supports Canada Soccer’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model from U6-U12 soccer and U13-U18 through to adult soccer. It focuses on developments, guidelines and requirements within its game structures of Small Sided Game and 11 v 11 as well as alternate game formats.

Coaches, support staff and administrators play a vital role in creating an enjoyable and challenging environment for young children involved in the sport of soccer.  The following resource material will help these individuals and clubs to create the right environments for their programming.

U6-U12 Soccer

Small Sided Game Development Manual

Small Sided Training Cycle Example

Grassroots Futsal Coaches Handbook

Goalkeeping Development Manual Stages 1-3  

To bridge the gap for players and coaches between the small sided game and the 11 v 11 game formats, BC Soccer has researched the benefits of modifying the game to suit the developmental needs of young players and this includes the following resources:

Transition between Small Sided and 11v11 Game formats

Retreat Line Analysis

Retreat Line Developmental Tool

BC Soccer U13 Retreat Line Guideline

The following video links and resource documents have been designed in consultation with the Canada Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the BCSPL Technical Committee to support player and coach development for the U13-U18 age groups. The curriculum, the game model and profiles cover a framework of best practices and supports coaches how to effectively develop sessions and implement these ideas in game situations.

U13-U18 to Adult Soccer

BC Soccer Curriculum

BC Soccer Game Model - With Possession

BC Soccer Game Model - Without Possession

Player and Coach Profiles

Goalkeeping Development Manual Stages 4-7

In all of soccer development, competitions and programs, BC Soccer advocates coaches to follow a responsible Coaches Code of Conduct and continue to pursue their coach education registering for Canada Soccer/BC Soccer Coach certification courses.  In addition to this, we also encourage coaches to become fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence by taking the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module offered by NCCP. Training in this area will help coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of sport.

BC Soccer is pleased to provide soccer coaches in British Columbia access to a multitude of quality soccer resources covering technical, tactical, mental and physical aspects in player and coaching development including sport science in partnership with Human Kinetics Publishers,.

Canada Soccer has updated information about its national teams and programs as well as a number of resources on their website. Their focus and investment are in technical leadership by supporting players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport.  Ensuring consistent, world-class performances by their national teams, encouraging and overseeing the growth of the game across the country and governing the game in Canada professionally in collaboration with its partners.

Here are a few of the documents to get you started.

Canada Soccer Pathway: Coach's Tool Kit Stage One - Active Start

Canada Soccer Pathway: Coach's Tool Kit Stage Two - Fundamentals
Canada Soccer Pathway: Coach's Tool Kit Stage Three - Learn To Train

Long-Term Player Development: A community Guide
Wellness to World Cup Brochure 7-Stages
Volume 1 Long Term Player Development - Wellness to World Cup (pdf).

Athletes with Disabilities - Long Term Player Development  

For more details, click on the Canadian Sport for Life national model of Long-Term Athlete (player) Development.


In collaboration with Coaching Association of Canada and ViaSport, coaches may now earn National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Professional Development points through SportMedBC’s Sport Safety Courses and Workshops.  Completion of the following courses and workshops will allow coaches to acquire NCCP Professional Development Points. 

SportMedBC can deliver sport-specific courses/workshops by request, or coaches can sign-up for scheduled community courses.


Sports First Aid (3.0 NCCP Professional Development Points)

This 8-hour course is taught by Certified Athletic Therapists. Participants are guided through emergency action planning, documentation, recognition and management of emergency and non-emergency scenarios, and basic injury prevention and management principles. This interactive course will give coaches confidence to recognize and effectively manage sports injuries.

Athletic Taping (3.0 NCCP Professional Development Points)

This 8-hour course is taught by Certified Athletic Therapists. This is an introduction to taping principles and procedures. Participants will gain an understanding of injury management and protective taping techniques for injuries related to the foot, ankle, knee, hip, groin, elbow, wrist and hand. Coaches will gain a valuable skill that can help their athletes to return to sport and prevent further injury.


Concussion Management (2.0 NCCP Professional Development Points)

This 90-minute workshop is taught by Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists and Physicians. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices in concussion recognition, acute management, and return-to-play guidelines. This workshop is an integral part of a coach’s training. Coaches will acquire valuable knowledge that will enable them to help athletes affected by concussion injuries.

SportSmart: Injury Prevention and Performance (2.0 NCCP Professional Development Points)

This 90-minute workshop is taught by Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Strength & Conditioning Specialists.  Safety and performance tips will help coaches understand how to better prepare athletes, prevent injuries, and facilitate the development of youth in athletics. Topics covered include sport preparation, recovery, and recognition & management of common injuries.

Sports Nutrition

Currently under development!

For a list of SportmedBC Courses and Workshops -CLICK HERE

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The following are policies and resources to help soccer organizations and individuals to be informed about concussion management.

Membership Responsibilities for Concussions/Head Injuries
Adhere to the BC Soccer Concussion Policy

Return to Play
A typical RTP process will be made up of 6 steps. There must be a minimum of 24 hours before each step is assessed although this could be considerably longer than 24 hours. Oversight should be provided by a medical professional. CLICK HERE to view the 6-step process

Membership Recommendations
1. Ensure coaches complete the NCCP Making Headway program.
2. Inform Parents and Players of their role in monitoring an athlete following any suspected injury 
3. Distribute the SCAT 3 download with Coaches at the start of each season and make available at the Club website for Coaches, Parents and Players.
4. Encourage all to download the SCAT3 app to your mobile device

Below are resources that BC Soccer has compiled to help educate and empower players, coaches and clubs.


Canada Soccer Concussion Policy

Canada Soccer Concussion Guidelines
Star Support for New Health Program
FIFA 11+ Benefits
11+ and Female Injuries
A Health Kick for Women
Performance Point Cardiac Screening
CATT  - Concussion Awareness Training Tool
NCCP Making Headway Course
FIFA 11+
Nutrition Guidelines for Sporting Events
F-Mark Nutrition
Health and Fitness for the Female Player
Emergency Manual
SCAT3 - Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 3 
SCAT3 – Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Child
Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool 


Injury Report Form
Medical History Form

BC Soccer is pleased present the Respect in Sport Coach / Activity Leader E-learning Education Program.  
Respect in Sport, Canada's only interactive, online certification program to protect our youth and enhance an organization's mandate for safe, fun and respectful environments for all. Respect in Sport was developed as a grassroots online tool, so sport and community organizations can deliver on their commitment to creating a safer environment for all participants; coaches, managers, trainers, administration and volunteers and even parents!  
The fee for this user friendly 2.5-hour online course is $30, collected by registration and payment process is done through Respect in Sport.