Canada Soccer

B Licence Program

2018 B Licence Coaching Course Dates

Dates: 13-18 May, 2018 in Langley , BC

Dates: 29 July - 3 August, 2018 in Spruce Grove , AB

Dates: 9-14 September, 2018 in Vaughan, ON

Course Fee: $1250.00

Aim of the Program

To educate the candidates in the practical and theoretical developments in modern soccer, so that they may devise, organize, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions in basic and 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 competitive level.

Structure of the Program

The Canada Soccer B Licence Program is divided into two workshops. Provincial Associations offer part 1 of the Program, regionally across Canada. Canada Soccer offers Part 2, the National Workshop, on a residential basis. Both the Part 1 and National Workshops will include practical and theoretical aspects of study with the Final Theory and Practical Evaluations following the respective Workshop. Candidates seeking certification will be required to undergo a Practical Coaching Evaluation following each part of the Program. At the national level, this will involve carrying out a designated practice session with the candidate’s own team, in their club environment. Following the National Workshop video footage of the session must be produced by the Candidate, in accordance with CSA guidelines, and sent to the Canadian Soccer Association Technical Office for Evaluation as part of the Video Evaluation Process

Program Objectives

On completion of the Program, successful candidates will be competent in the following and be able to:

  • Operate effectively in a variety of coaching situations with players and teams at all levels of Youth and/or Senior Soccer.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and evaluate practical coaching sessions on various aspects of play.
  • Successfully employ various coaching and teaching methods and styles as appropriate to the needs of the players and groups.
  • 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 competitive level.
  • Maintain the highest standards of conduct to promote the sport of soccer.


Who is eligible?

Those who have any of the following certification and experience:

  • C Licence Pass
  • Acceptable International Certification (Canada Soccer Coaching Equivalency is required)
  • National Team/Professional Players (see “Pro-Assessment”)


Program Content

The following aspects will be included in the program curriculum:

  • Attacking Principles
  • Defending Principles
  • Coaching Methodology
  • Running Skill Practices
  • Possession Development
  • Working with Wingers
  • Flank Play
  • Principles of Teaching & Learning
  • Counter Attacking Play
  • Theory of Training
  • Soccer Fitness
  • Central Attacking Play
  • Goalkeeping
  • Laws of the Game

Various coaching styles and methods will be developed throughout the Program, and the use of skill practices, functional practices, phase of play and small sided games (6v6 & 8v8) will be employed in the presentation of the practical content.

B Licence Grading and Assessment Policy

The B Licensing Program serves a dual purpose in the Certification of coaches. The first task is to educate coaches in certain aspects of coaching players at the Performance level. The second, and equally important purpose served by the B Licence Program is the licensing of coaches based on a formal evaluation of their ability to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge when working with players.

Final assessments are based on a Canada Soccer qualified Evaluator’s analysis of the Candidate’s performance and their potential to successfully impact the development of players at the Performance level.

The following table outlines how the Overall Result and the combined Theory and Practical Coaching scores determine the outcome and certification pathway of Candidates involved in the B Licence-National Program:

B Licence-National Course

Overall Result 
Practical Score 
Theory Score
Certification Pathway
< 119
< 59

Apply for 'B' Licence-National Practical Re-Evaluation and Re-take the Theory Exam.

< 119

Apply for 'B' Licence-National Practical Re-Evaluation

Theory Re-Exam
< 59

Will be offered a chance to do a Theory Re-Examination in order to complete the Licensing process successfully

Certified B Licence-National Coach


Proceed to A Licence when ready

It’s advised that successful coaches take the time work further on their coaching methodology and gain more experience applying their newly acquired knowledge before applying to take part in the A Licence. This will help coaches to better prepare themselves to be successful at the next level of certification.

Course Results:
Candidates will receive their results from the Technical Office within 30 days following the receipt of their Video Evaluation submission, unless otherwise informed.

Application Conditions and Requirements

1. Application

For Information on, and/or to apply for the B Licence Part 1 Course being offered in your area please contact the Technical Department of your Provincial Soccer Association listed in the Directory of Contacts.

To apply for a place on the National Course, 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 Courses as follows:

Licensing Courses no longer include practical Evaluations during the course, 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 Course. Therefore, a candidate entering the B Licence-National program will be required to pay the Course Fee, initially, followed by a separate Video Evaluation Process Fee on submission of their assigned Practical Topic.  

The fee for Canada Soccer National Licensing Courses 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 course location.

2. Acceptance

Candidates accepted onto the national course will be notified as soon as possible after the application is received, and payment acknowledged.

Joining instructions and course information will be sent to candidates at least 4 weeks before the commencement of the course.

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

Please note, acceptance into the Canada Soccer B Licence Program is not automatic; places on the Part 1 Course will be awarded by the Provincial Association to which a coach applies. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have passed the C Licence Evaluation Process. 
  • Have received an appropriate recommendation through the Pro-Assessment Process, if they have National Team and/or Professional playing background (see “Pro-Assessment”). 
  • Actively coaching players in a competitive environment U/13 & older. 

All applications for the B Licence-National Course 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 on a first come first served basis.

Arrival and Departure Times:

  • Course Check-in/Registration is between 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. on the first day of the Course.
  • Course wrap up is at 5.00 p.m. on the final day of the Course.

The Canadian Soccer Association advises against finalizing travel arrangements until acceptance for the course 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 course, a refund will be made up until seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the course, subject to a $100 processing fee.

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

4. Visiting a Course

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

5. Fitness

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

6. This course of training will be conducted in English.

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