Female Mentorship Program

Program Overview:

Cambridge Youth Soccer is an ardent supporter of the Ontario Soccer Long Term Player Development initiative and recognizes the importance of coach development as a key component. CYS is committed to creating a mentorship program that will respond to the needs and aspirations of the female soccer coach to develop their coaching knowledge/abilities.

The program is designed to create an environment where coaches feel comfortable asking questions, sharing experiences, and discussing challenges. The program will be delivered through a series of coaching workshops, consisting of classroom presentations, group activities, on-field sessions, and game analysis.

The program is open to all female coaches regardless of current coaching level or experience within CYS and CYS Affiliations.


To provide support for female coaches at all levels within the club and to help create more opportunities for coaches to further their coach education.



  1. To develop female soccer coaches, who in turn will act as educators and mentors to aspiring female players.
  2. To create a supportive, professional female coaching culture.
  3. To encourage promising female soccer coaches to reach their full coaching.


  1. Increase the number of female soccer coaches at CYS.
  2. Increase number of female soccer coaches at the competitive level.
  3. Increase number of female soccer coaches working in the CYS OPDL environment.


Miranda Wiley will facilitate the program. Miranda currently is the OPDL Performance Manager, u14 Girls OPDL Head Coach and Staff Coach at CYS. Miranda holds a Canada Soccer National B License Part 2 Certification as well as Ontario Soccer GK Diploma and Ontario Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma.

Please RSVP to all workshops and OPDL practice session observations by emailing Miranda Wiley miranda@cambridgesoccer.ca.

Program Structure:

CYS will host 4 workshops throughout the year. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Session Planning
  • LTPD: What are the stages and what is required to coach at each stage?
  • Types of Training Sessions
  • Principles of Play: Attacking and Defending
  • Stages of Physical Development 

Workshop 1:

            Date: February 9, 2019

            Time: 10am – 12:30pm

            Location: CYS Clubhouse – boardroom/development field

            Type: theory classroom session/practical on-field session

Workshop 2:

Will be announced in March. Will be hosted between April and June.

Workshop 3:

Will be announced in March. Will be hosted between July and September.

Workshop 4:

Will be announced in March. Will be hosted between October and December.

OPDL Practice Session Observations:

Pre-season Observation Full Field:

Date: March 16, 2019

            Time: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

            Location: CYS Clubhouse – full field

Pre-season Observation Goalkeeper Session:

Date: February 21, 2019

            Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm

            Location: CYS Clubhouse – development field

Pre-season Observation Development Field:

Date: February 24, 2019

            Time: 12:00 – 12:55pm

            Location: CYS Clubhouse – development field

*Additional opportunities to observe OPDL practices will take place in the outdoor season. Will be announced upon the completion of the OPDL outdoor schedule.

Additional Opportunities:

Practice and/or Game Observations:

  • Will be arranged by mentor coach in consultation with the mentee coach
  • No minimum number of observations will be set – schedule will depend on the availability of the mentor coach and mentee coach

Mock Assessments:

  • Mentor coach will act as assessor
  • Session plans must be submitted prior to mock assessment and include all components
  • Mock assessments will include pre-brief, assessment, and de-brief
  • The topic will be assigned by the Head Mentor Coach
    • Soccer for Life/C License Trained coaches will be assigned C License topics
    • C License coaches will be assigned B License Part 1 topics
    • B License Part 1 coach will be assigned a B License Part 2 topics