BCSA Development Pathway
The Playing Environment
Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a CSA soccer-specific adaptation of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) developed by Canadian Sport Centres. LTAD is a scientific model for periodized athlete training and development that respects and utilizes the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional growth in athletes.
The Player Pathway
Long-Term Athlete Development
LTAD is a scientific model for periodized athlete training and development that respects and utilizes the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional growth in athletes. Like the LTAD program, LTPD is designed to:
Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
Provide a structured player development pathway.
Describe best practices for elite player development.
Create long-term excellence.
Whether you play in grassroots organizations, adult leagues, the BCSPL or League1 BC, the over-arching philosophies should always be consistent; experiences are positive, training is age-appropriate, environments are safe and inclusive.
BC Soccer Coaching Certification Pathway
BC Soccer has developed a two-streamed education program in conjunction with the NCCP that will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself. Each of these Streams include a number of courses designed to prepare coaches for working with players in a specific stage of development as outlined in the LTPD Model.
There are no prerequisites to enter the Community Stream Workshops and contain no evaluation component while the entry requirement for the Licensing Stream beginning with the C License is a Soccer for Life completion.