Become a coach

Required reading:

Shape the Player, Shape the Game, Shape the Future

Coaching can be any or all of these:

  • A rewarding way to give back and stay directly involved in the game.
  • A way to keep yourself active and in shape.
  • An opportunity to lead and embody important life skills such as organization, time management, work ethic, and people skills.
  • An opportunity to be a respected community leader through soccer.
  • Potential to advance to National Coaching levels or beyond.
  • A part time job for the serious coach.
  • A career for the aspiring coach.

Our Goal

TO BETTER EQUIP COACHES TO DEVELOP TRAINING PROGRAMS ROOTED IN LTPD PRINCIPLES AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR GAME FOSTERING:

  • Healthy life-long enjoyment in the game
  • Raising the base playing standard province-wide

By getting into coaching you are taking part in an exciting period as the future technical direction within Canada takes shape. Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) provides the framework for coaches to work together following consistent pathways and methods that put players first.

The Coaching Pathway

The Coaching Pathway is inspired by Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development and is informed by the Coaches Association of Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development model. Please go to Where Do I Start to find out your coaching needs and requirements.

Streams

Community:

The Community Stream Workshops are designed for grassroots coaches who come in and out of the game and have little time to invest in their skills as a coach.

  • Coaches enter the Community Stream at the appropriate age and stage of the players they are working with – For example – the coach working with U10 players completes Learning to Train (Workshop + MED).
  • All workshops are participatory in nature providing coaches with stage specific training – there is no evaluation.
  • Coaches who complete their program are regarded as ‘Trained’ – certification does not apply to the Community Stream.
  • Strongly recommended for all coaches working at Community & Competitive levels of the grassroots game
  • Requirements are in place for coaches engaged in Youth & Senior Provincial Championships
Licensing:

The Licensing Stream is a traditional vertical pathway designed for the aspiring coach able to achieve higher performance standards.

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age.
  • For serious coaches.
  • Preference given to coaches who can demonstrate a background in the game and/or working at Tier 1 and 2 levels or higher.
  • Open entry into the Licensing Stream through the Provincial C-License Program.
  • Alberta Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the entry level provincial awards – the C-License and Provincial B-License programs.
  • Canada Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the national award – the National B-License and the A-license.

Where Do I Start?

I am not currently coaching, but I am interested in becoming a coach

If you would like to get involved in coaching because you either have an interest in the game or you want to coach your own son or daughter then the best place to start is to contact your local association.

I am currently coaching and would like to get some coaching education

If you are currently coaching a youth team and would like to get receive some coaching education, take a look at our Community Coaching Workshops. These courses can be taken independently depending on the age group that you would like to coach.

If you are coaching a team that will be qualifying for provincials it is required that you have Soccer for Life if you are coaching U14+ or Learn to Train if you are coaching U12. Note: It is required that one person on the roster has the community coaching course.

I am currently working as a high level coach and I am looking to get more professionally certified

If you have already been coaching at a high level and are serious about becoming a professional coach then the licensing stream is an option for you. The licensing stream is open to all candidates, but only the top 24 candidates will be selected to participate. If you have questions about whether you would qualify for the licensing stream please contact our Manager of Coach Education, [email protected]

Community Coach Workshops

The Community Stream Workshops are designed for grassroots community coaches who come in and out of the game and have little time to invest in their skills as a coach.

  • Coaches enter the Community Stream at the appropriate age and stage of the players they are working with – For example – the coach working with U10 players completes Learning to Train (Workshop + MED).
  • All workshops are participatory in nature providing coaches with stage specific training – there is no evaluation.
  • Coaches who complete their program are regarded as ‘Trained’ – certification does not apply to the Community Stream.

Community Stream Resource  Packs

Access to online coaching resources is only a clinic away. Coaches registering & completing Community Workshops gain access to a season’s worth of online coaching resources delivered free via Alberta Soccer’s online Coach Management System.

Licensing Stream Coach Pathway

The Licensing Stream is a traditional vertical pathway designed for the aspiring coach able to achieve higher performance standards.

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age.
  • For serious coaches.
  • Preference given to coaches who can demonstrate a background in the game and/or working at Tier 1 and 2 levels or higher.
  • Open entry into the Licensing Stream through the Provincial C-License Program.
  • In order to be accpeted into the Provincial C-License you must have completed and passed the online evaluation for Making Ethical Decisions (MED). Click here for more information.
  • Alberta Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the entry level provincial awards – the C-License and Provincial B-License programs.
  • Canada Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the national award – the National B-License and the A-license.

To register for a course or evaluation, please visit the ASA Registration Portal by clicking here. 
For more information please contact the, Manager of Coach Education by email at [email protected]

Licensed Stream Resource  Packs

Visit Frequently Asked Coaching Questions at ASA website

 

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