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Canada Soccer unveils updated Coach Education Pathway and expanded 2019 Coach Education Schedule

Posted on 15 January 2019 in Coaching

Canada Soccer has announced the dates for its expanded 2019 Coach Education Licence Program schedule. As part of its focus on grassroots development, the program includes new age and stage specific offerings, as well as plans for updated and expanded offerings for coaches working in the top developm More

Canada Soccer completes third A Licence course of 2018

Posted on 17 December 2018 in Coaching

A Licence candidate coaches from across the country completed the second part of their A Licence course this past weekend. Candidates on the course completed the first part in December 2017. The third A Licence course of the year, which included a French language course for the first time, rounded o More

Canada Soccer signs on to Respect in Sport agreement to bolster player safety

Posted on 5 November 2018 in Coaching

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Respect in Sport as part of its core values to ensure a safe and positive environment for all participants of the game. The organization founded by former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is aimed at preventing abuse in sport More

Ottawa Fury FC’s Sherman becomes Canada’s third female A Licence coach

Posted on 6 September 2018 in Coaching

Linda Whitehead. Sylvie Beliveau. Audra Sherman.Audra Sherman, who leads Ottawa Fury FC’s women’s program, has become the third female certified Canada Soccer A Licence coach after completing the required workshops and assessments. The former NCAA player has coached with the Fury FC sinc More

Canada Soccer attends coaches symposium hosted by CONCACAF, FMF

Posted on 18 January 2017 in Coaching

Canada Soccer were among 35 CONCACAF nations represented by a national team coach in Toluca, Mexico More

Canada Soccer Coaching A Licence course in Montréal

Posted on 20 December 2016 in Coaching

Canada Soccer Coaching More

Canada Soccer says #ThanksCoach during National Coaches Week

Posted on 21 September 2016 in Coaching

National Coaches Week More

Coaches attend Canada Soccer's National B License course in Halifax

Posted on 2 August 2016 in Coaching

B License course wraps in Halifax More

First 2016 National B License course wraps in Langley, BC

Posted on 27 May 2016 in Coaching

21 coaches complete seven-day clinic More

Canada Soccer continues investment in technical leadership with announcement of dates for B License Coaching Courses

Posted on 9 February 2016 in Coaching

The Canada Soccer B License program is designed to provide and train coaches with the tools to prepare talented young players both technically and tactically. More

Successful A Licence coaching course in Montréal

Posted on 19 December 2015 in Coaching

"The experience and ability they brought to the course has been both invigorating and encouraging." More

Canada Soccer A Licence course underway in Montréal

Posted on 8 December 2015 in Coaching

This year's course features 24 coaches that can learn and improve the environment for players in clubs across the country. More

2015 A License Coaching Course dates announced

Posted on 24 May 2015 in Coaching

Application Deadline: 31 August, 2015 More

2015 B License National Coaching Course dates announced

Posted on 2 February 2015 in Coaching

Dates and locations the 2015 B License National Coaching Courses More

In Focus: Drew Ferguson

Posted on 16 September 2014 in Coaching

From his love of Powell River, BC, to moving, at the age of 15, to the United Kingdom to train with FIFA World Cup winner Jackie Charlton, to his views on pro athlete, we cover it all, including his role in launching the careers of both Jason DeVos and Mark Watson. More

In Focus: Simon Eaddy

Posted on 21 July 2014 in Coaching

From his love of music, to the importance of high quality hours in player development, to the need for real in-game training scenarios we cover it all, including his role in preparing Canada’s Women’s National Team for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. More

In Focus: Ante Jazić

Posted on 17 April 2014 in Coaching

From his time with Halifax King of Donair, to the vacation that launched his 18-year professional career, to the glamour of LA and his ambition to coach in the MLS we cover it all, including his role in identifying the next generation of Canadian talent. More

In Focus: Robert Gale

Posted on 2 March 2014 in Coaching

From his travels around the world, to his political machinations and footballing sins we cover it all, including his role in developing some of Canada’s finest young talent. More

Coach Licensing Course dates announced

Posted on 18 February 2014 in Coaching

The courses available for 2014 More

In Focus: Beverly Priestman

Posted on 28 January 2014 in Coaching

From her mysterious nickname, to her playing days, to her success at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship and preparations for the up-coming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014—we cover it all. More

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Canada Soccer has announced the dates for its expanded 2019 Coach Education Licence Program schedule. As part of its focus on grassroots development, the program includes new age and stage specific offerings, as well as plans for updated and expanded offerings for coaches working in the top development environments across the country, including the professional club environment.
 
For the first time ever, Canada Soccer will provide coach education for coaches working with children and youth through the Children’s Licence, for coaches working with players aged 5-12 and the Youth Licence for coaches working with players 13-18.


 
“Our Coach Education and Player Development programming underpins the strength of the sport of soccer in our country by ensuring that everyone who plays the game has the best opportunity to aspire to a level that is appropriate for them,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “Our coaches not only help young players fall in love with the game and foster a healthy lifestyle and spirit of competition, but, they are also responsible for developing the next generation of talent to reach the international stage of the world’s game.”
 
The schedule includes a full complement of nine Children’s Licence course opportunities following the successful pilot program last summer. In addition, a pilot of Canada Soccer’s Youth Licence and three B Licence courses, as well as the remaining A Licence Part 2 course dates were announced.
 
“These updated course offerings will allow us to evolve our Coach Education offerings to meet the need for all of the environments in which players are developing,” said Canada Soccer’s Director of Development Jason DeVos. “With these new offerings, we will ensure that age and stage appropriate training is being delivered by experts not only in technical and tactical development, but in social, emotional, and psychological development with support from leading researchers and coach educators from across the country and internationally.”
 
Canada Soccer has also recently unveiled the development of the Canada Soccer Pro Licence and is currently rewriting the A Licence program scheduled for launch in 2020.
 
“These changes are vital to the development of Canadian coaches to provide them with the tools they need to train and develop players in the specific environments and realities that our Canadian reality demands,” deVos said.

A Licence candidate coaches from across the country completed the second part of their A Licence course this past weekend. Candidates on the course completed the first part in December 2017. The third A Licence course of the year, which included a French language course for the first time, rounded out an expanded suite of offerings from Canada Soccer’s coach education department.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s EXCEL Programs were represented on the course in Vancouver, BC, as well as staff from Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team.

“To have John Herdman and Tony Waiters, Kenneth Heiner-Moller, Joey Lombardi, all speaking about their experiences and offering wisdom and expertise to the coach candidates is a vital component of our coach education system,” said Director of Development Jason de Vos who was also in attendance along with his staff. “This was an important year for coach education in Canada and 2019 promises to bring even more changes designed to ensure that the young players in this country have access to coaches who are committed to learning, and are receiving that education from those who are coaching at the top ranks of the game.”

Canada Soccer’s coach education department also saw a number of firsts in 2018, including a pilot of the new Canada Soccer Children’s Licence aimed at coaches who are working with children under the age of 12. As well, the courses featured an increased focus on blended learning and remote video evaluation to remove practical evaluations from the on-field component of courses.

“Best practices in online learning using up-to-date methods of delivery and evaluation are vital to ensuring that coaches who attend Canada Soccer courses have the opportunity to receive information and submit the required evaluations outside of the curriculum delivery phase of the course,” said de Vos. “Moving forward we’re excited to continue the evolution, not only of our delivery methods of coach education materials, but also expanded course offerings to ensure that coaches working with a range of ages and stages of players have the tailored education they require to succeed.”

Starting in 2019, Canada Soccer will run an expanded Children’s Licence, as well as a pilot of a Youth Licence geared toward coaches working with players aged 13-18, as well as the suite of C Licence, B Licence, and A Licence courses. The schedule for the 2019 coach education season will be announced in early 2019.

 

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Respect in Sport as part of its core values to ensure a safe and positive environment for all participants of the game. The organization founded by former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is aimed at preventing abuse in sport through coursework for coaches and team officials working with young athletes.

“This partnership is an important formalization of the work being done across the country to ensure that proper protections are in place for young athletes,” said Canada Soccer Director of Development Jason deVos. “We all have a responsibility to ensure young soccer players are in a supportive and safe development environment and this agreement is another layer to those protections.”

All coaches who participate in Canada Soccer’s coach education licensing programs will now be required to take a soccer-specific Respect in Sport module as part of coach education programs across the country.

“The Respect Group have been at the forefront of child protection in Canada for more than a decade, and we are delighted to sign this agreement to bolster our efforts in this vital area,” deVos said.


 

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