Canada Soccer

A Licence Program

2017 A Licence Coaching Course Dates

The 2017 Canada Soccer A Licence Coaching Course will be held 10-17 December in Calgary, AB. The course 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

The A Licence Technical Course details for 2017 are as follows:
Location: Calgary, Alberta Date: December 10-17, 2017
Course Fee: $1,499.00

The course 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 course 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: July 31, 2017

Coaches will be notified of the result of the selection process by August 31, 2017, and those coaches selected to take part in the Course will be asked to register formally and submit the course fee at that time.

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 eight days. Both periods will be conducted as residential courses, 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 with the Final Practical assessments being held during Part 2 of the course.

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. Due to the limited number of places, applications are accepted on a first come first served basis with the exception of places allocated to Francophone coaches, and a maximum of 25 coaches will be selected to enter the Program. Only those applicants with the following certification and experience will be considered:

  • Canada Soccer B Licence-National
  • Canada Soccer B Licence-National (Canadian Equivalency awarded based on overseas certification)
  • Acceptable International Certification (Canadian Soccer Association Technical Department approval required)
  • Actively coaching players in a competitive environment U/15 & older.

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 Third 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 small sided games (9v9), functional practices, phase of play and 11v11 game structures will be employed in the presentation of the practical content.

Course Results:
Candidates will receive their results from the Technical Office within 3-4 weeks following the conclusion of the Course unless informed otherwise.




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