Definitions of Coach Status

 February 2022 

Definitions of Coach Status: 

Registration: the process of becoming a member in good standing within the Canada Soccer system. To be named as a Coach in any match or competition under the jurisdiction of Canada Soccer either directly or indirectly, an individual must be registered in accordance with the Canada Soccer Rules and Regulations through the Member Association within the area in which the Coach resides. Beginning in 2023, registration will also confirm that an individual has fulfilled all aspects of the Safe Sport Roster (SSR), which will become a requirement of all coaches.  

Suspension or Removal of Registration: Canada Soccer or the Member Association within the area in which the Coach resides has the authority to suspend or remove a coach’s registration as per the Regulations for the Registration and Control of Coaches, Section 21 of the Canada Soccer Rules and Regulations. Individuals who have had their registration suspended or removed are not permitted to coach in any competition or training environment under the jurisdiction of Canada Soccer.  

Context: a competition or training environment with defined coaching requirements, which align coaching activities with specific types of participants and the stage of their respective development. 

In-Training: the coach has completed some, but not all the courses/workshops or components of a course/workshop. 

Trained: the coach has completed all the courses/workshops required to coach in a particular context. Under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), coaches must complete the Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation to be considered trained. A trained coach has not been evaluated to confirm competency. 

Certified: the coach has completed all the courses/workshops required to coach in a context or multiple contexts and has been evaluated and confirmed as competent to coach in a specific context. 

Certificate: what a coach receives after completing the Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and/or Soccer for Life Online Course(s) and On-Field Practical Workshop(s). 

Diploma: what a coach receives after completing the Advanced Coach Education Program (ACEP) C, B, A, Children’s, Youth, and/or Youth Goalkeeping Workshop. This coach has been evaluated and has shown evidence of competence in a specific context. 

Licence: upon successful completion of an ACEP workshop, a coach receives a licence (valid for 3 years), that permits the coach to register in the context relevant to the licence. For example, an individual who has successfully completed a B Licence Diploma Workshop is granted the ability to register as a B Licence coach for a period of 3-years. A Licence, on its own, does not grant an individual permission to coach unless they are registered. 

Licence Validity: A Coaching Licence is valid for a period of 3-years from the time of issue. The coach must participate in ongoing professional development to maintain and renew the Licence. A Coaching Licence that is expired is not considered to be valid and cannot be used as evidence of competence or confirmation of appropriate certification for the purposes of registration. 

Invalidation of Licence: While the completion of an ACEP Diploma Workshop cannot be nullified, a Coaching Licence can be invalidated by Canada Soccer prior to expiry if an individual fails to maintain the conditions of issue. A Coaching Licence that has been invalidated cannot be used as proof of certification for the purposes of coaching in a competition or environment that requires that level of Licence or for the purposes of registration. 

Safe Sport Roster (SSR): the roster of items a coach must complete to register and receive a licence to coach within the jurisdiction of Canada Soccer beginning at the start of the season 2023. The SSR consists of Coach Education training at the age/stage of participants coached (i.e. Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Soccer for Life or the age and competition appropriate Advanced Coach Education Workshop), NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation, NCCP Making Headway in Soccer, NCCP Emergency Action Plan, Respect in Sport Activity Leader, Background Screening (i.e., e-PIC, Criminal Record Check, reference checks, etc.) in addition to adhering to the Canada Soccer Code of Ethics and NCCP Responsible Coaching Movement. All aspects of the SSR must be completed and adhered to for a coach be registered and receive a coaching licence beginning in at the start of the season 2023. 

For more information on Coaching Registration and Licence, Training, and Diplomas, click here.