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Canada Soccer announces expanded 2020 Coach Education offerings

Posted on 20 January 2020 in Coaching

Canada Soccer’s Development Department has released its schedule of Coach Education offerings for 2020. The schedule will include seven Youth Licence courses, six Children’s Licence courses, in addition to A and B Licence offerings. The courses will include blended learning for the first More

Canada Soccer launches new coach education programing

Posted on 21 August 2019 in Coaching

Twenty-four coaches, technical directors, and Provincial and Territorial Member Association development staff participated in the first week of the new Canada Soccer Youth Licence pilot program in Vaughan, ON from 12-18 August.The group will return to Vaughan, ON for a second week of sessions 14-20 More

Women Leading Women a focus of Canada Soccer’s expanded Coach Education offerings

Posted on 9 July 2019 in Coaching

Canada Soccer’s Development Department continues to evolve its Coach Education offerings. As part of updating its A Licence program with a revamped curriculum launching in 2020, the program has recently announced that three leading Canadian female soccer coaches will enter a unique Canada Socc More

Canada Soccer unveils 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

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Canada Soccer’s Development Department has released its schedule of Coach Education offerings for 2020. The schedule will include seven Youth Licence courses, six Children’s Licence courses, in addition to A and B Licence offerings. The courses will include blended learning for the first time with an online-only option for the Canada Soccer B Licence.  

The expanded course offerings follow a year in which Canada Soccer rolled out its first full complement of Children’s Licence offerings with nine courses running from coast-to-coast including a French language course. The Children’s Licence was piloted in 2018 before being rolled out similar to the Youth Licence, both licences are a core component of new coach education requirements as part of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.

As part of the 2020 Coach Education schedule, Canada Soccer has also announced an Executive Leadership program which will be offered to National Youth Club Licence holders in Ontario before expanding in 2021 as well as a late-2020 Canada Soccer Pro Licence pilot cohort.

“Coaches across the country now have access to a full complement of professional development training through the Canada Soccer Coach Education program,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “In addition, the continued expansion of the coach education offering including a move to online learning, expanded coach mentorship opportunities, mentorship programing for female coaches, and a robust standards framework in the form of the National Club Licensing Program are all part of our commitment to ensure safe, developmentally appropriate environments for our young players.”

Coach education initiatives in 2019 included an A Licence female mentorship program that was facilitated with the aim of ensuring access to quality learning facilitation for coaches who aspire to gain professional development for their own player development environments. In addition, a Canada Soccer-facilitated Aboriginal C Licence run on Vancouver Island took place in 2019.

2020 Coach Education Schedule *To register visit: https://www.canadasoccer.com/coach-education-program-application-p162004*

Canada Soccer Children’s Licence

Children's Licence 1 - Langley, BC (May 29-31, August 21-23, November 20-22)
Children's Licence 2 - St. Albert, AB (April 3-5 & August 7-9) & Calgary, AB (June 12-14)
Children's Licence 3 - Oakville, ON (May 22-24, August 14-16, October 23-35)
Children's Licence 4 - Pickering, ON (May 22-24, August 14-16, October 23-35)
Children's Licence 5 - Laval, QC (delivered in French) (February 20-22, July 7-10, December 3-4)
Children's Licence 6 - Laval, QC (delivered in French) (January 30 - February 1, June 30 - July 3, November 5-6

Canada Soccer Youth Licence

Youth Licence 1 - Langley, BC (2020 dates - March 20-22, June 19-21, December 4-6; 2021 dates - February 19-21, March 19-21)
Youth Licence 2 - Calgary/Edmonton, AB (2020 dates - Calgary - March 27-29; Edmonton - July 24-26, September 25-27; 2021 dates - Calgary - March 19-21, April 23-25)
Youth Licence 3 - Oakville, ON (2020 dates - April 24-26, July 24-26, October 16-18; 2021 dates - April 23-25, July 23-25)
Youth Licence 4 - Whitby, ON (2020 dates - April 24-26, July 24-26, October 16-18; 2021 dates - April 23-25, July 23-25)
Youth Licence 5 - Vaughan, ON (2020 dates - May 22-24, July 3-5, August 28-30; 2021 dates - April 23-25, July 23-25)
Youth Licence 6 - Laval, QC (delivered in French - 2020 dates - March 27-29, July 14-17, November 10-13; 2021 dates - February 18-21)
Youth Licence 7 - Laval, QC (delivered in French - 2020 dates - June 1-3, September 29-October 2; 2021 dates - February 2-5, April 22-25)

Canada Soccer B Licence

B Licence 1 - Saskatoon, SK (July 12-17)
B Licence 2 - Online only video mentorship

Canada Soccer A Licence

The A Licence involves monthly online modules that begin in December 2020 and concludes with a 5-day residential workshop in Burnaby, BC in late (Nov/Dec) 2021.

Canada Soccer’s Development Department is responsible for amateur player, coach, club and leadership development programming at the grassroots of the game in Canada. Through its facilitation of the National Club Licensing Program and coach education programming, the department works to ensure that soccer participants of all abilities are provided to play the game highest level to which they aspire for as long as they wish to participate in the sport.

Twenty-four coaches, technical directors, and Provincial and Territorial Member Association development staff participated in the first week of the new Canada Soccer Youth Licence pilot program in Vaughan, ON from 12-18 August.

The group will return to Vaughan, ON for a second week of sessions 14-20 September after which they will be required to complete the video assessment component of the course to receive their Youth Licence.

Developed by Canada Soccer’s Development department in collaboration with its stakeholders and academics in athlete and child development, the Canada Soccer Youth Licence is designed for coaches working in a professional capacity with players aged 13-18.

The Youth Licence pilot follows the successful implementation of the Canada Soccer Children’s Licence pilot which ran in 2018 before the course was rolled out with nine courses from coast-to-coast in 2019. As previously announced, the Development Department will unveil a Canada Soccer Pro Licence pilot in 2020.
 

Canada Soccer’s Development Department continues to evolve its Coach Education offerings. As part of updating its A Licence program with a revamped curriculum launching in 2020, the program has recently announced that three leading Canadian female soccer coaches will enter a unique Canada Soccer A Licence mentorship program in August. In addition, the program has recently completed two on-going A Licence courses, including its first-ever French course in Laval, QC, and in Vaughan, ON.
 
“Providing Canadian soccer players with a developmentally appropriate playing environment is vital to the continued growth of the sport in this country,” said Jason deVos, Director of Development at Canada Soccer. “By taking a proactive approach to develop the best female coaches and updating and expanding our coach education offerings, we will ensure that girls and boys across the country continue to be provided with the best soccer experience from the grassroots through to our National Teams.”
 
Former Women’s National Team player and current West Ottawa Soccer Club Technical Director Kristina Kiss, Grassroots lead at Regina, SK-based Queen City Soccer Club, Astrid Baecker and Winnipeg, MB-based St. Charles Soccer Association Technical Director Tonya Derkson will enter the unique A Licence mentorship program. Led by Director of Development Jason deVos with ongoing support from Manager, Coach Education Stuart Neely, the program seeks to provide a guided learning environment for full-time coaches unable to commit to the A Licence program schedule due to their ongoing coaching commitments.
 
The mentorship program highlights changes being made to ensure that coaches have access to programing that meets their schedule while prioritizing guided learning for elite women’s coaches in the country. In its 2019-2021 Canada Soccer National Strategic Plan, Canada Soccer made online and blended learning a priority for its Development Department and plans to unveil a community stream online learning pilot in 2020.
 
Canada Soccer is also currently hosting two B Licence courses across the country, in Vaughan, ON, and Burnaby, BC.
 
After launching the Children’s Licence in 2018 as a pilot program, nine Children’s Licence Courses are underway across the country in Ottawa, London/Waterloo, and Pickering, ON, Halifax, NS, Saskatoon, SK, Calgary/Edmonton, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Burnaby, BC, and a French language course in Laval, QC. In 2019, the Canada Soccer Youth Licence will launch as a pilot in August and September in Vaughan, ON before rolling out across the country in 2020.
 
As previously announced, the Development Department will unveil a Canada Soccer Pro Licence pilot in 2020. All of the expanded offerings are supplemental to the entry-level Canada Soccer C Licence which is delivered in partnership with Canada Soccer’s Provincial and Territorial Member Associations.

 

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