Canada Soccer

A Licence Program

2018 A Licence Coaching Course Dates

In 2018 Canada Soccer will offer the A Licence Coaching Workshop in two locations: 

Technical (Part 1) Workshps:

June 24-July 1, 2018:      Alliston, Ontario (English)

June 24-July 1, 2018:      Laval, Quebec (Francophone)

Course Fee: $1,499.00

This workshop forms the Technical Module of The A Licence Program and is aimed at coaches working at the Train to Train and Training to Compete Development Stages, or higher. Coaches interested in upgrading their Certification and who meet the requirements below, are encouraged to apply by sending a soccer resume and letter of intent to:

Ray Clark 
Director of Coaching & Player Development
Canada Soccer
E-mail:  
rclark@canadasoccer.com

The Workshops will be run on a residency basis. Fees include the cost of tuition, course materials, meals and accommodation. Flights are not included in the fee and each candidate is responsible for his/her own travel arrangements.

Enrolment to the Workshop will be limited and candidates will be selected based on their background in the sport, their work with players at the appropriate stages of development, their coaching experience, and their involvement in Canada’s soccer system.

Please Note: There will be priority given to those coaching regularly and at the higher levels of the sport in this country and the priority will be shown to coaches as follows:

1) National Team Coach
2) Professional Club Coach
3) Provincial Program Coach
4) HP League Coach
5) University Program Coach
6) Club Head Coach/Technical Director
7) Club Team Coach

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018

Coaches will be notified of the result of the selection process within 5 days of receipt of their Application Form and Fee. Please note that the Canadian Soccer Association only accepts payment in the form a Certified Cheque or Money Order. 

Aim of the Program

To educate and develop coaches to be leaders in the technical/tactical development of soccer in Canada. Candidates will be trained in the practical and theoretical developments in modern soccer, so that they may devise, organize, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions in advanced skills, tactics, strategies and systems of play. Candidates will also better understand and employ the complimentary managerial, and coach-related aspects, appropriate to the role of the coach at the elite levels of soccer.

Structure of the Program

The Canada Soccer A License Program is divided into two annual periods of seven days. Both periods will be conducted as residential workshops, approximately twelve months apart. Each candidate will be required to complete a Log Book, involving a number of team related assignments between parts 1 and 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will include practical and theoretical aspects of study. Each Candidate will be required to undergo a Practical Coaching Evaluation following each workshop. This will involve carrying out a designated practice session with the candidate’s own team, in their club/home environment, for which video footage must be produced and sent to the Canadian Soccer Association for Evaluation. 

Program Objectives

On completion of the Program, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Operate effectively in a variety of coaching situations with players and teams at the elite level of Youth and/or Senior Soccer.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and evaluate practical coaching sessions on various aspects of play.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and evaluate a year round development Program.
  • Successfully employ various coaching and teaching methods and styles as appropriate to the needs of the players.
  • Analyze both individual and team performance and thereby devise practices and training to suit the needs of the players and team.
  • Understand the physical and physiological demands of playing the game, and so devise specific training and conditioning programs as necessary.
  • Understand the importance and timely application of the various theoretical aspects appropriate to the role of the coach at the elite level.

 

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcomed from all qualified coaches. There will be a selection process in place, based on the pre-requisites mentioned below.  

  • Canada Soccer B Licence-National
  • Acceptable International Certification (Canadian Equivalency awarded based on overseas certification)

Priority will be given to those coaching regularly and at the higher levels of the sport in this country and will be shown to coaches as follows:

 

1) National Team Coach
2) Professional Club Coach
3) Provincial Program Coach
4) HP League Coach
5) University Program Coach
6) Club Head Coach/Technical Director
7) Club Team Coach

Program Content

The following aspects will be included in the program curriculum:

  • Development & Use of Possession
  • Possession Skills
  • Tactical Use of Possession
  • Development of Flank Play
  • Working with a winger
  • Central Attacking Play
  • Attacking & Defending at Set Plays
  • Positional Profiles
  • Defending in each Zone of the field
  • Defending when Outnumbered
  • Defending in Wide Positions
  • Defending in Central Positions
  • Physical Preparation for Soccer
  • Communication and the Coach
  • Psychology and the Coach
  • Game Planning
  • Game Analysis
  • Goal Setting
  • Season/Year Planning
  • Developing and Delivering a Training Program

Various coaching styles and methods will be developed throughout the course, and the use of Squad Practices, Phase of Play and 11v11 game structures will be employed in the presentation of the practical content.

Program Results:
Candidates will receive a progress report once they have submitted their first Video Session and the Logbook for Evaluation. They will receive their final results from the Technical Office within 30 days of the submission of their second Video Session following Part 2 of the Program. 

Application Conditions and Requirements

1. Application

To apply for a place on the National Workshop, please complete and return an application form, along with proof of eligibility, to The Canadian Soccer Association, 237 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1R2.  A Certified Cheque/Money Order in the amount of the course fee, made payable to The Canadian Soccer Association should accompany each application.  Please note, any applications without a Certified Cheque/Money Order will not be considered. 

Canada Soccer has introduced a new fee structure for their National Licensing Workshops as follows:

Licensing Workshops no longer include practical evaluations during the workshop, and so candidates should be aware that a new process for carrying out practical evaluations has been established (see Video Evaluation Process). As a result Candidates should be aware that they will be required to video their assigned Coaching Topic and submit it to the Canada Soccer Technical Office for Evaluation, along with the Evaluation Fee, within three months of the completion of the Workshop. Therefore, a candidate entering the B Licence-National program will be required to pay the Workshop Fee, initially, followed by a separate Video Evaluation Process Fee on submission of their assigned Practical Topic.  

The fee for Canada Soccer National Licensing Workshops includes the cost of tuition, course materials, all meals and accommodation. Flights are not included in the fee and each candidate is responsible for his/her own travel to the workshop location.  To download an application form click here. 

2. Acceptance

Candidates accepted onto the national workshop will be notified within five (5) days after the application is received, and payment acknowledged.

Joining instructions and workshop information will be sent to candidates at least four (4) weeks before the commencement of the workshop.

Should a candidate not be accepted onto the workshop, a full refund will be provided.

Please note, acceptance into the Canada Soccer B Licence Program is not automatic; Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can meet one of the following requirements:

  • Canada Soccer B Licence-National
  • Acceptable International Certification (Canadian Equivalency awarded based on overseas certification)

All applications for the A Licence workshop must be made to the Technical Department of the Canadian Soccer Association and must be accompanied by proof of eligibility in the form of current Canadian certification status. Qualified applications will be accepted after a selection process and will be offered a place in the workshop.

Arrival and Departure Times:

  • Workshop Check-in/Registration is between 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. on the first day of the workshop.
  • Workshop wrap up is at 12.00 p.m. on the final day of the workshop.

The Canadian Soccer Association advises against finalizing travel arrangements until acceptance for the workshop is confirmed. The Canadian Soccer Association is not responsible for airline penalties or any other costs related to travel. 

3. Cancellation

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Canadian Soccer Association, Technical Department.

Should a candidate withdraw after a position has been offered on the national workshop, a refund will be made up until seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the workshop, subject to a $100 processing fee.

Cancellations made any time within seven (7) days of the commencement of the workshop will not be subject to a refund.

4. Visiting a Workshop

The Workshops are only available to candidates enrolling on a specific workshop and admittance will NOT be provided to visitors.

5. Fitness

It is strongly recommended that candidates for the Canada Soccer A Licence Workshop be in good physical condition to meet the demands of the course.

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