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Coaching Pathway

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As the governing body for soccer in Canada the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge the Association has developed a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model. As a result a two-streamed education program (COMMUNITY SPORT and LICENSING STREAMS) have been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.

Community Sport Stream

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NEW COMMUNITY SPORT STREAM (Long Term Player Development Stages 1, 2, 3 and 7)

As of January 2012, the following Community Coaching Certifcate Courses will cease to exist:

Community Children (ages 6-10) Community Youth (ages 10-14) Community Senior (ages 14-18+)

Enhancing these courses in replacement is content development which was based on the Wellness to World Cup Long-Term Player Development Program (LTPD) developed by the Canadian Soccer Association focused on age and stage relevant training:

NEW Courses

AGES

COURSE LENGTH

Active Start

U4-U6

3.5 hrs

FUNdamentals

U7-U9

7.5 hrs

Learn To Train

U10-U12

14.0 hrs

Soccer For Life

U13-U18+

14.0 hrs

ACTIVE START

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ACTIVE START (Stage 1 ‘First Kicks’ U4-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.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Course Length: 3.5 hours

Course Fee: FREE

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

FUNDAMENTALS

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FUNDAMENTALS (Stage 2 ‘Fun with the Ball’ U7-U9)

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.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Course Length: 7.5 hours

Course Fee: $80

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

LEARN TO TRAIN

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LEARN TO TRAIN (Stage 3 ‘The Golden Age of Learning’ 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.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Course Length: 14 hours

Course Fee: $145

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

SOCCER FOR LIFE

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SOCCER FOR LIFE (Stage 7 ‘Soccer for Health & Grassroots Growth’ U13 - U18+)

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.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Course Length: 14 hours

Course Fee: $145

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

GOALKEEPING DIPLOMA

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GOALKEEPING DIPLOMA

This course introduces team coaches to the art of goalkeeping. The contents of this course are designed to give team coaches some basic knowledge about the techniques and skills involved in being an effective goalkeeper and most importantly, giving the coaches enough information and direction to be able to effectively introduce goalkeeping into their weekly team training sessions. Previous goalkeeping experience is not required. This is not a NCCP certification course.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Course Length: 7.5 hours

Course Fee: $80

Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

HIGH PERFORMANCE STREAM

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HIGH PERFORMANCE STREAM (Long Term Player Development Stages 4, 5 and 6)

 

 

 

B PRE-TEST

The B Pre-Test is a non-certification course that is a mandatory pre-requisite for any coaches wishing to pursue the Canadian Soccer Association’s B License Program. The main purpose of this course is to give coaches the proper methodology needed to detect and correct errors in technical development and small-sided game situations. This course does involve some theory components, but is heavily geared towards the ability of the coach to plan and run effective sessions based on pre-selected technical and tactical coaching topics. Successful participants will be eligible to move forward in pursuing B Provincial License certification.

Pre-requisite: Soccer for Life Trained status or Community Coach Youth or Senior from old certification program

Course Length: 20 hours

Course Fee: $300

Schedule of Courses: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B PROVINCIAL

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B PROVINCIAL

The B Provincial License (B License - Part 1) focuses on working with high performance youth soccer players U13 and older. This course involves both theory and practical coaching work. The theory components include: stages of development, methodology of training, session planning and the laws of the game (11-a-side). The practical components are heavily geared towards the ability of the coach to plan and implement effective training sessions based on a variety of pre-selected technical and tactical coaching topics. Each participant will undergo two (2) practical coaching assessments. Successful participants will be eligible to apply for completion of Part 2 of the B License Program.

Pre-requisite: Successful pass of B Pre Test

Course Length: 20 hours

Course Fee: $500

Schedule of Courses: CLICK HERE

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity.*

B LICENSE RE-ASSESSMENT

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BC Soccer Association's Coaching Development Department is pleased to provide Re-Assessment opportunities for any coach who was unsuccessful in reaching the required standard at a B Pre-Test or B Provincial Level Course only.

All coaches who were unsuccessful in their practical assessments are required to re-take the respective course but will only be charged for the re-assessment course fee (see below). When registering, coaches must indicate their re-assessment status to receive the reduced course fee.

Pre-requisite: must re-take the full course to receive re-assessment (training and evaluation components)

Course Fee: $100

Schedule of courses: please visit the respective course you are required to re-take (B Pretest or B Provincial Courses)

*Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on and off field activity.*

B NATIONAL

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B NATIONAL

The B National License (B License - Part 2) focuses on working with high performance youth athletes and older ages. This course involves both theory and practical coaching work. Each participant will undergo two (2) practical coaching assessments. Successful participants will receive a Canadian Soccer Association B License.

Pre-requisite: Successful pass of ‘B’ Provincial License and approved application though the BC Soccer Development Department.

Course Length: 6 days residential

Registration: This is a Canadian Soccer Association course, however ALL coaches from British Columbia who would like to attend this level must register through BC Soccer.

THE B LICENSE NATIONAL COURSE WILL BE HELD IN BURNABY May 20-26, 2013

REGISTRATION PROCESS

STEP 1: Complete the B NATIONAL CANDIDATE INFORMATION FORM

STEP 2: Email the completed form to robcsabai@bcsoccer.net before DEADLINE February 1st

STEP 3: NO payment required at this point as there is a candidate selection process (see below)

STEP 4: All APPLICANTS will receive communication by February 15th whether they are accepted or not (12 spots from BC ONLY)

STEP 5: Only successful applicants will be informed of PAYMENT details

BC SOCCER - B LICENSE CANDIDATE SELECTION POLICY

British Columbia Soccer Association’s Soccer Development Department and Coaching Committee has established the following selection criteria for forwarding coaches to the Canadian Soccer Association’s B License course. All applicants who have met the pre-requisite and have registered through this process will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

Please note that only 12 spots from BC are available on this course as per the CSA guidelines. All applicants will be notified regarding their status by February 15th.

Candidate Selection Policy

  • Coaches that hold full-time employment/involvement in the game
  • BC Soccer Development Coaches
  • Staff
  • Contract Instructors
  • Provincial Team Program Coaches
  • EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Coaches
  • Established playing or coaching history at a high level
  • Result of B Provincial Practical Assessment
  • Other

A LICENSE

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A LICENSE

The CSA 'A' License Program is divided into two annual periods of ten days. Both parts will be conducted as residential courses, approximately twelve months apart, at the National Training Centre in Toronto . Each candidate will be required to complete a limited number of assignments between parts 1 and 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will include practical and theoretical aspects of study with the Final Practical assessments being held during Part 2 of the course.

See Canadian Soccer Association website for detailed information www.canadasoccer.com