Coaching Courses

Cambridge Youth Soccer is committed to coaching development for all. Whether you’re a parent wanting to volunteer, a player exploring other opportunities to be involved in the game, or a soccer professional wanting to advance your career, we have courses and resources for you. All course registration is done online.

LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (LTPD) COMMUNITY COURSES:

  • Active Start
  • FUNdamentals
  • Learn to Train
  • Soccer for Life

*Make Ethical Decisions and Respect in Soccer are required for these courses.

COMPETITIVE COURSES:

  • C Licence Course
  • B License Course (Part 1 and 2)
  • A License Course
  • Fitness Diploma Course
  • Goalkeeper Diploma Course
  • Technical Director Diploma Course

*Make Ethical Decisions and Respect in Soccer are required for these courses.

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Game Leader

The objective of the Game Leader program is to allow for an improved, child friendly approach to supervising small sided games for children U6-U8 and creating more opportunities for parents to get involved. The Game Leader program has been designed by Ontaro Soccer Grassroots, Referee and Coaching departments. It is supported and endorsed by the Canadian Soccer Association.

The Game Leader will be trained to achieve a few objectives on the field:

  1. Enable children to have a fun and rewarding experience while competing in small sided games.
  2. Ensure player safety.
  3. Implement simplified rules while keeping the game moving — limiting stoppages and assisting the young players with all restarts.

The Game Leader can be a club representative, coach, parent or a beginning or senior referee who has been selected by the club or district to participate in the Game Leader Instruction program.

Completing the Game Leader training is very simple. The entire online process of watching the video, completing the quiz, printing your Game Leader Certificate and printing/saving your Game Leader booklet should take no longer than 35 minutes.

A step by step process to guide you to a successful login and completing the course is available in the PDF below.

The first step of the process is to log on to E2E coach centre at: http://www.coachcentre.ca/Default.aspx

 

Steps to Completing the Game Leader Certification

Game Leader Fundamentals

Game Leader Instructions

Community Certification Courses

ACTIVE START (U4-U5)

Active Start is an NCCP Community Coaching Workshop.

What do you learn?

  • How to run a practice session that is fun, safe and keeps children actively engaged.
  • How to communicate to this specific age group.
  • You’ll leave with a basic toolkit including 12 practice plans.

Who is this course for?

  • The course is designed for the first time coach.
  • The focus is on teaching basic skills and basic physical literacy.

What are the pre-requisites?

Prior to registering for an Active Start course, coaches must complete Respect in Sport and Making Ethical Decisions.

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

How long is the course?

4 hours.

Course Description:

  • Develop a basic understanding of Physical Literacy.
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the children they are working with.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the children coaches are working with.
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session

Where to register?

Coaches please click here to browse and register for NCCP Community Coaching Workshops.

FUNDAMENTALS (U6-U8 FEMALE/U6-U9 MALE)

FUNdamentals is a NCCP Community Coaching Workshops. The Canadian Soccer Association’s LTPD workshops will give you the confidence to succeed as you enter the ranks of certified coaches in Ontario. Each level features education on age-appropriate coaching for each level of play.

What do you learn?

  • How to develop the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed.
  • How to run a practice session that is fun, safe and keeps children actively engaged.
  • How to explain the FUNdamentals of a game in a way that children can understand.
  • How to communicate to this specific age group.
  • You will be provided with effective practice plans that will make preparing for the season easier and will help you make a difference with your team.

Who is this course for?

FUNdamentals Course is designed for individuals who will be coaching U6-U8 Females and U6-U9 Males.

What are the course pre-requisites?

Prior to registering for a FUNdamentals course, coaches must complete Respect in Sport and Making Ethical Decisions.

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

How long is the course?

8 hours.

Description of the course.

  • An interactive workshop led by an expert facilitator with years of experience coaching soccer. You’ll spend time in the classroom and on the field practicing drills.
  • There are vibrant deliberations regarding parent management and guidance on all safety requirements.

Where to register?

Coaches please click here to browse and register for NCCP Community Coaching Workshops.

LEARN TO TRAIN (U9-U12)

Learn to Train is a NCCP Community Coaching Workshops.  The Canadian Soccer Association’s LTPD workshops will give you the confidence to succeed as you enter the ranks of certified coaches in Ontario.Each level features education on age-appropriate coaching for each level of play.

The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within a small sided game environment (6v6, 7v7, 8v8).

What do you learn?

  • How to teach basic principles of play.
  • How to establish training ethics and discipline in a fun and challenging environment.
  • How to communicate to this specific age group.
  • This is a key time to train speed, flexibility and skills and understand your role in developing these skills.

Who is this course for?

Coaches who will be coaching U9 to U12 Males and Females. This period is called “The Golden Age of Learning.

What are the course pre-requirements?

Prior to registering for a Learn to Train course, coaches must complete Respect in Sport, Making Ethical Decisions and Making Headway in Soccer.

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

Making Headway in Soccer Online Module

How long is the course?

16 hours long. Usually held on Saturday and Sunday.

Description of the course.

  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session.
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the players they are working with.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players coaches are working with.
  • Provide coaches with advice they can use to work with players and parents in this stage

Where to register?

Coaches please click here to browse and register for NCCP Community Coaching Workshops.

SOCCER FOR LIFE (13+)

Soccer for Life is a NCCP Community Coaching Workshop. Canada Soccer’s LTPD workshops will give you the confidence to succeed as you enter the ranks of certified coaches in Ontario. Each level features education on age-appropriate coaching for each level of play.

The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within the 11-a-side game environment.

What do you learn?

  • How to plan and deliver effective, enjoyable, age-appropriate practices and how to provide feedback to your players.
  • How to be able to better understand the role of the coach, and the developmental stage of the players you are coaching.
  • How to provide a safe practice/game environment for your players.

Who is this course for?

Soccer For Life is designed for those coaches who are interested in coaching players who are U13 and older.

What are the pre-requisites?

Prior to registering for a Soccer For Life course, coaches must complete Respect in Sport, Making Ethical Decisions and Making Headway in Soccer.

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

Making Headway in Soccer Online Module

How long is the course?

16 hours long. Usually held on Saturday and Sunday.

Description of the course

  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the players they are working with.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players coaches are working with
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session
  • Technical/Tactical development

Where to register?

Coaches please click here to browse and register for NCCP Community Coaching Workshops.

Competitive Certification Courses

C LICENCE

What do you learn?

The focus of the C Licence is on the individual player in the different contexts of the game, as we try to develop their decision making and build their level of execution. Coaches learn to develop their sessions based on the players they have and their developmental objectives. They learn to devise, organize, conduct, and evaluate coaching sessions in basic skills, tactics, and strategies.

Who is this for?

It is aimed at coaches working with players who are starting or still learning and developing as players. Coaches should be coaching in a competitive environment, as defined by the Canada Soccer Player Pathway.

What are the pre-requisites?

Prior to registering for the C Licence course, coaches must complete the following:

Learn to Train OR Soccer for Life

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

Making Headway in Soccer Online Module

How long is the course?

The course is 32 hours in duration, spread across 4 days (typically over 2 consecutive weekends). Within the 32 hours, there are 8 modules, each split into a classroom and an on-field session. Full participation is expected and full attendance is mandatory. For coaches wishing to be “C Licence Certified”, there is an assessment opportunity available. Please see below for more details.

Application and Registration

Please click for a link to Coach Centre. Coaches are required to apply for the course, providing proof of their completion of the pre-requisites. Upon being approved, coaches are then able to register for the course they are interested in.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: PRE-B ASSESSMENTS AND PROVINCIAL B LICENCES

Updates To Pre-B And Provincial B Coaching Licences

Ontario Soccer in conjunction with Canada Soccer, is improving the content of its course material at the A and B Licence levels. This is critical in ensuring that the most current and relevant information is provided to soccer coaches across Canada. It is therefore imperative that Ontario coaches keep informed and up-to-date on the changes made within the Canada Soccer’s License system. To ensure that we maintain standards and align with National direction, Ontario Soccer, in conjunction with the Canada Soccer, has introduced a 5-year expiry date for both the Provincial B Licence and the Pre B Assessment course.

Therefore, as of January 2018:

  1. Coaches who obtained their Provincial B Licence (either through course or by equivalency) prior to Jan 1st, 2013, will update with a Provincial B re-certification course (unless they have obtained higher Ontario Soccer recognized certification since that date)
  2. Coaches who obtained a Pre-B Assessment pass, before January 1, 2013, must now take the C-Licence course (unless they have obtained higher Ontario Soccer recognized certification since that date). 

The Re-Certification course will consist of the following:

  • Online Laws of the Game Exam (must achieve 80% or higher)
  • Attendance to a one-day in-person course (taking place at a scheduled B Licence Part 1 course)
  • Online Course Evaluation Survey
  • Online Re-certification Quiz
  • Submission of (1) session plan

The cost for re-certification is $75. To register for a B Licence Re-Certification course, please contact Ontario Soccer.

Please be advised, to register for this course, you will be required to submit the following:

  1. Your B Licence Certificate
  2. Proof of RIS
  3. Proof of Making Headway – Soccer Concussion E-Learning Module

NATIONAL B LICENCE PART 1

What do you learn?

The B Licence Part 1 is designed 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, medical, and coach-related aspects, appropriate to the role of the coach at the competitive level.

Who is this for?

It is aimed at coaches working with players in an environment where they are still learning, with some importance given to the result, without sacrificing complete player development.

What are the pre-requisites?

Prior to registering for the B Licence Part 1 course, coaches must complete the following:

C Licence OR Successful Pre-B Assessment

Make Ethical Decisions Course

Respect in Sport Online Module

Making Headway in Soccer Online Module

How long is the course?

The course is 40 hours in duration, spread across a full, 5 day week. Within the 40 hours, there are 10 modules, each split into a classroom and an on-field session. Full participation is expected and full attendance is mandatory. For coaches wishing to be progress to the B Licence Part 2, there is an assessment opportunity available. Please see below for more details.

Application and Registration

Please click for a link to Coach Centre. Coaches are required to apply for the course, providing proof of their completion of the pre-requisites, as well as a letter of recommendation from their respective club’s Technical Director. Upon being approved, coaches are then able to register for the course they are interested in.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: PRE-B ASSESSMENTS AND PROVINCIAL B LICENCES

Updates To Pre-B And Provincial B Coaching Licences

Ontario Soccer in conjunction with Canada Soccer, is improving the content of its course material at the A and B Licence levels. This is critical in ensuring that the most current and relevant information is provided to soccer coaches across Canada. It is therefore imperative that Ontario coaches keep informed and up-to-date on the changes made within the Canada Soccer’s License system. To ensure that we maintain standards and align with National direction, Ontario Soccer, in conjunction with the Canada Soccer, has introduced a 5-year expiry date for both the Provincial B Licence and the Pre B Assessment course.

Therefore, as of January 2018:

  1. Coaches who obtained their Provincial B Licence (either through course or by equivalency) prior to Jan 1st, 2013, will update with a Provincial B re-certification course (unless they have obtained higher Ontario Soccer recognized certification since that date)
  2. Coaches who obtained a Pre-B Assessment pass, before January 1, 2013, must now take the C-Licence course (unless they have obtained higher Ontario Soccer recognized certification since that date). 

The Re-Certification course will consist of the following:

  • Online Laws of the Game Exam (must achieve 80% or higher)
  • Attendance to a one-day in-person course (taking place at a scheduled B Licence Part 1 course)
  • Online Course Evaluation Survey
  • Online Re-certification Quiz
  • Submission of (1) session plan

The cost for re-certification is $75. To register for a B Licence Re-Certification course, please contact Ontario Soccer.

Please be advised, to register for this course, you will be required to submit the following:

  1. Your B Licence Certificate
  2. Proof of RIS
  3. Proof of Making Headway – Soccer Concussion E-Learning Module

Canada National B License Part 2

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.

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.

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.

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Canada Soccer A Licence Program

To educate and develop coaches to be leaders in the technical/tactical development of soccer in Canada. Candidates will be trained in the practical and theoretical developments in modern soccer, so that they may devise, organize, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions in advanced skills, tactics, strategies 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 elite levels of soccer.

Structure of the Program

The Canada Soccer A License Program is divided into two annual periods of seven days. Both periods will be conducted as residential workshops, approximately twelve months apart. Each candidate will be required to complete a Log Book, involving a number of team related assignments between parts 1 and 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will include practical and theoretical aspects of study. Each Candidate will be required to undergo a Practical Coaching Evaluation following each workshop. This will involve carrying out a designated practice session with the candidate’s own team, in their club/home environment, for which video footage must be produced and sent to the Canadian Soccer Association for Evaluation. 

Program Objectives

On completion of the Program, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Operate effectively in a variety of coaching situations with players and teams at the elite level of Youth and/or Senior Soccer.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and evaluate practical coaching sessions on various aspects of play.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and evaluate a year round development Program.
  • Successfully employ various coaching and teaching methods and styles as appropriate to the needs of the players.
  • 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 elite level.

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcomed from all qualified coaches. There will be a selection process in place, based on the pre-requisites mentioned below.  

  • Canada Soccer B Licence-National
  • Acceptable International Certification (Canadian Equivalency awarded based on overseas certification)

Priority will be given to those coaching regularly and at the higher levels of the sport in this country and will be shown to coaches as follows:

1) National Team Coach
2) Professional Club Coach
3) Provincial Program Coach
4) HP League Coach
5) University Program Coach
6) Club Head Coach/Technical Director
7) Club Team Coach

Program Content

The following aspects will be included in the program curriculum:

  • Development & Use of Possession
  • Possession Skills
  • Tactical Use of Possession
  • Development of Flank Play
  • Working with a winger
  • Central Attacking Play
  • Attacking & Defending at Set Plays
  • Positional Profiles
  • Defending in each Zone of the field
  • Defending when Outnumbered
  • Defending in Wide Positions
  • Defending in Central Positions
  • Physical Preparation for Soccer
  • Communication and the Coach
  • Psychology and the Coach
  • Game Planning
  • Game Analysis
  • Goal Setting
  • Season/Year Planning
  • Developing and Delivering a Training Program

Various coaching styles and methods will be developed throughout the course, and the use of Squad Practices, Phase of Play and 11v11 game structures will be employed in the presentation of the practical content.

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SOCCER FITNESS TRAINER DIPLOMA COURSE

This is a Diploma course produced by Ontario Soccer that combines theoretical and practical components of Soccer Fitness Training.

What do you learn?

Course components will touch upon of the following:

  • Strength training
  • Fitness assessments
  • Periodization
  • Monitoring and training male and female players
  • Aerobic energy system training
  • Anaerobic energy system training
  • Coordination

What are the course pre-requisites?

Prior to applying to the Soccer Fitness Trainers Diploma course, a coach  must provide proof of successfully taking one of the following:

  • Learn to Train, Soccer for Life, Pre-B assessment, C Licence or B Licence and Make Ethical Decisions, Respect in Sport, and Making Head Way in Soccer.

Coaches must provide the required documentation in their Application that can be completed on Coach Centre. Once the coach’s application has been approved they will then be granted access to register for the course.

Provincial B Licence coaches who attend the Soccer Fitness Trainer Course will also attain seven (7) professional development points to go towards the maintenance of their Provincial B Licence.

How long is the course?

14 hours long. Usually held on Saturday and Sunday.

How to apply?

Coaches create an account on Coach Centre if they do not already have an existing account. Applications will only be accepted via E2E Coach Centre. Coach Centre will send an automated email to the coach stating that the application has been submitted.

GOALKEEPING DIPLOMA

This is a Diploma course produced by Ontario Soccer that combines theoretical and practical components of Goalkeeping Coaching.

What do you learn?

Components covered include:

  • Principles of Development
  • Role of the coach
  • Goalkeeping psychology
  • Energy systems – Fitness, Agility and Nutrition
  • Attributes of a good Goalkeeper coach

What are the course pre-requisites?

  • Completed the “Soccer For Life” + MED + Respect In Soccer + Proof of Making Head Way

OR

  • Former / Active Canadian Professional Player (Written verification from Provincial Technical Director) + MED + Respect In Soccer + Proof of Making Head Way * Written Approval from the Director Technical (Ontario Soccer) is required if applying based on this prerequisite requirement

 

How long is the course?

14 hours long. Usually held on Saturday and Sunday.

How to apply?

Coaches create an account on Coach Centre if they do not already have an existing account. Applications will only be accepted via E2E Coach Centre. Coach Centre will send an automated email to the coach stating that the application has been submitted.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR DIPLOMA

The course focuses on defining the Technical Director’s role and providing them with the necessary tools required to meet the demands of the position. The course addresses topics such as Player Development through the Talented Pathway, Management and Leadership styles, and Mentorship and many more. The course is delivered over five days straight and a 100% attendance is required. Candidates will be required to complete pre and post course assignments to complete the course.

Course Application Requirements:
Eligible candidates must obtain a minimum National B License Part 1 Certified (or equivalent), Make Ethical Decisions, Respect in Soccer, and Making Headway in Soccer.

How to Apply:
Coaches create an account on Coach Centre if they do not already have an existing account. Applications will only be accepted via E2E Coach Centre. Coach Centre will send an automated email to the coach stating that the application has been submitted.

Acceptance into the Course:
Ontario Soccer will review the application to ensure that the coach meets the course requirements. Once the coach is accepted, they will be sent an automated email from CoachCentre stating that they have been accepted. In order to complete registration, the coach must then select which course they wish to attend. Coaches are required to make a payment for the course and also complete the Laws of the Game exam which is located on their CoachCentre profile. Please note if a payment is not made within 24 hrs, the system will remove the candidate from the class list and the candidate would then run the risk of losing their spot on the course.

Competitive Coaching Requirements

RESPECT IN SPORT FOR ACTIVITY LEADERS (SOCCER)

The Respect in Soccer program was introduced in 2011 to provide coaches with invaluable information about coaching and essential approaches around working with youngsters in an appropriately respectful and nurturing coaching environment. RiS is an e-learning program for coaches, trainers, managers and any adult with a supervisory role over youth involved in soccer. It is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport.

The online course costs $30 and the curriculum is broken into six (6), 30 minute modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. Another beneficial feature of the program is that it does not need to be done all at once; it can be completed at your leisure. All competitive-level coaches must complete the “Respect in Soccer” program. We are hoping that coaches will recognize the long-term value of the program because of the values it promotes and also what it teaches regarding important practical guidelines for youth coaches.

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MAKE ETHICAL DECISIONS

Make Ethical Decisions (MED) is a course that is required for all coaches who take LTPD Coaching Courses.

Coaches are required to attend either the mandatory in-class MED course, which runs approximately 3 hours in length OR the MED Distance Learning – Remote Access version OR the MED Home-Study.

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MAKING HEAD WAY IN SOCCER

Making Head Way in Soccer is a FREE concussion awareness E-Leaning Module that was created by the Coaches Association of Canada. Making Head Way E-Learning Modules set out to educate coaches, athletes and spectators on concussions.

The course can be found on a coach’s NCCP Locker profile, in the ‘e-Learning’ tab.

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Competitive Coaching Reimbursements

Cambridge Youth Soccer will reimburse all Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer courses after proof of completion. Any non-Ontario Soccer or Canada Soccer must be pre-approved by the club if the coach wishes for the club to pay for some or all of the course.

Quest for Gold Bursary

Quest for Gold provides education-based subsidies for competitive to high-performance coaches, including those at the high school, university and club level.

The Quest for Gold (QfG) initiative is also instrumental in delivering financial assistance to Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) for coach-related costs.

The QfG program aims to ensure that Ontario’s developmental and high-performance athletes receive the best coaching possible, by providing a series of enhancement programs and resources for coaches and PSOs.

Click here for more information or to apply.