Coaching Certification Pathway
BC Soccer Coaching Requirements
As players grow and develop their skills it is important for coaches to be equipped with the right tools at the right time to provide the right environment for players, parents and coaching staff alike. Becoming trained at the right stage and by obtaining the resource material that is available by attending the courses, coaches will be able to impact soccer education in an organized and enjoyable fashion. Every course is progressive and more advanced as the players’ ability increases.
If registering for a course hosted outside of CMFSC, you will need to pay for the course and then forward your receipt to techdirector/at/cmfsc.ca for reimbursement.
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BC SOCCER COACHING PATHWAY
The Coach Pathway image below provide a visual overview of the minimum certification requirements for the various levels of play.
BC Soccer would also like to make all coaches aware of the Playing Environment which is shown below:
NEW Coaching guidelines through BC Soccer:
Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association/BC Soccer Association coaching course respective to the age group of the team(s) they are currently coaching. Note: compliance with this rule will be as of June 1, 2016. Head Coaches shall comply within six (6) months of their Head Coach appointment
|Team Age Group||U6||U7-U8||U9-U12||U13-U18|
|Coaching Courses||Active Start||Fundamentals||Learn to Train||Soccer for Life|
RULES FOR PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Provincial Premier Cup, A Cup, B Cup (Girls), Les Sinnott Memorial Cup (Boys), Coastal Cup, Interior Play Downs: The head coach must have the following CSA / BC Soccer Coaching certification: SOCCER FOR LIFE
COMMUNITY SPORT STREAM INDIVIDUAL COURSE INFORMATION
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.
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.
LEARNING 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.
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.
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.
SENIOR PERFORMANCE STEAM INFORMATION
C License Information
Canada Soccer piloted the C Licence Program throughout 2014-2015 and it was introduced as the new entry level to the licensing Stream across Canada replacing the B Pretest Assessment in 2016.
NOTE: Coaches who hold a B Pretest designation, (meaning, they have completed and passed their B Pretest Assessment in the past), have been given a 2 Year window by Canada Soccer ending December 31, 2017 to take advantage of progressing in the coaching pathway with the ability to register for the B License Part 1 (B Provincial) directly up until that date. After this date, the B Pretest designation will cease to be recognized and all coaches will be required to meet the entry requirements for the C License prior to progressing to the B License program.
The C Licence is for coaches who would like to continue with their coaching education at a higher level through the Licensing Stream. It is open to those who are serious about coaching and work within the competitive 11v11 game of soccer (U13+). This program is divided into 2 steps made up of a training component and for those who wish to pursue formal evaluation, this can be done at a later date. This allows coaches to practice what they have learned prior to undergoing their practical examination (delivering a practice session).
B Provincial Information
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.
B License Re-Assessment
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.
B National Information
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.
A License Information
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.