Cambridge Youth Soccer granted Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence

Cambridge Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that they are one of 39 Youth clubs in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario who have been provisionally granted the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence.

As the highest amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, the National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada and rewards them with the Canada Soccer Approved Youth Soccer Club endorsement and associated MLS Home Grown Player benefits.

Organizations achieving this licence display characteristics and demonstrate behaviours aligned with the highest expectations of governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical, support their PTSO and Canada Soccer Pathways and participate in the highest level of competition in Canada; the Canada Soccer Player Development Program. 

“We are pleased to announce the exemplary 39 National Youth Club Licence holders that have worked diligently over the past 12 months to demonstrate a willingness to improve, to collaborate, and most importantly to raise the level of youth football in our country,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “Each club worked with Canada Soccer and their respective Provincial and Territorial Member Association to define a roadmap of standards designed to improve the experience for all who participate in the game.” 

The Club Licensing Program is open to traditional not-for-profit soccer clubs, private academies, and any other soccer organization in membership with Canada Soccer.

Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program is made up of five categories developed to be an inclusive, principles-based structure. For professional clubs in membership the Canada Soccer National Club Licence is granted to organizations who meet the minimum requirements set by Canada Soccer in partnership with FIFA and Concacaf as determined to meet the standards to play in international competition such as the Concacaf Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup™.

For youth clubs in Canada there are four categories:

  • Highest Level    National Youth Club Licence
  • Level 2              Provincial/Territorial Youth Licence 2
  • Level 3              Provincial/Territorial Youth Licence 1
  • Base Level        Quality Soccer Provider

The principles of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program are grounded in the values being established for the Canadian soccer community to guide the behaviour of all organizations and importantly can be utilized by families to make informed choices when comparing organizations for quality as well as establish impacts and drive outcomes.

Families can at a glance see the designation of the organizations and have a clear understanding of the standards achieved by those organizations they are considering. Moving forward parents are encouraged to understand the designation of an organization before making a choice to ensure it is the best fit for their child.

General Profile of a National Youth Club License Holder

In addition to demonstrating all the characteristics required to achieve the Provincial/Territorial Youth Club Licence Level 1 and Level 2 standard CAMBRIDGE YOUTH SOCCER as a National Youth Club License holder also demonstrates the following

Governance

  • Has optimal governance structures, processes, and policies or is committed to their development.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continual improvements to its existing governance structures/processes;

Administration

  • Has advanced management and operational practices.
  • Has advanced operational planning documents that align to the Strategic and Technical Plans.
  • Has enhanced community engagement plans, capabilities, and practices.
  • Has advanced financial practices, development plans, and resources.

Infrastructure

  • Has access to a physical space as a headquarters for operations.
  • Has access to advanced facilities to allow for the delivery of optimal developmental programming.
  • Has a facility strategy aligned to Strategic, Operational, and Technical Plans.

Technical

  • Has a Technical Plan that aligns to the Long-Term Player Development Model.
  • Has a Game Model that is aligned to the playing philosophy.
  • Has Player Management Pathway and associated support mechanisms.
  • Supports a holistic approach to player development that takes in to account Physical, Mental, Technical/Tactical, and Social/Emotional development.
  • Operates optimal, standards-based, programming.
  • Participates in the highest level of competition available.
  • Has a Technical Lead with advanced certification (refer to Category Requirements for specifics).
  • Has access to Learning Facilitator(s) to deliver Coach Licensing Workshops as guided by Canada Soccer and/or governing organization(s).
  • Has a Sport Science and Medicine Plan aligned to the Technical Plan.
  • Provides access to appropriate sport science and medicine expertise and support.
  • Has access to appropriate technology to support player and coach development.

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