Coach Training

Coach education and certification is a major priority for BC Soccer. Having coaches complete the appropriate age specific coaching course is imperative for the development of youth players in BC for both the grassroots and high performance environments. The Canada Soccer / BC Soccer Coaching Certification Courses provides coaches with the appropriate tools to create the most positive environment possible for players to develop in.

In support of coach education, BC Soccer has the follow requirement for all Head Coaches:

Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association / BC Soccer coaching course respective to the age group of the team(s) they are currently coaching (Note: compliance with this rule will be as of June 1, 2016).

Head Coaches shall comply with this requirement within 6 (six) months of their Head Coach appointment. CSA foreign equivalency may be applied

Port Moody Soccer (internal) Training Opportunities

The Port Moody Soccer Club hosts various training opportunities for our coaches throughout the year.

Our internal training offerings for the coming season are currently being determined by the Coach Development Committee. Coaches will be notified once these have been finalized, and information will be posted on this page.

BC Soccer Coaching Certification


Coach education and certification is a major priority for BC Soccer. Having coaches complete the appropriate age specific coaching course is imperative for the development of youth players in BC for both the grassroots and high performance environments. The Canada Soccer / BC Soccer Coaching Certification Courses provide coaches with the appropriate tools to create the most positive environment possible for players to develop in.

In support of coach education, BC Soccer has the follow requirement for all Head Coaches:

Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association / BC Soccer coaching course respective to the age group of the team(s) they are currently coaching. Head Coaches shall comply with this requirement within 6 (six) months of their Head Coach appointment. CSA foreign equivalency may be applied. (Note: this rule has been in effect since June 1, 2016).

The Port Moody Soccer Club will reimburse all PMSC Coaches for BC Soccer ‘Community Stream’ coaching clinic registration fees upon successful completion of the course. If you are unable to attend a course hosted by PMSC, you can attend a course offered by another club (if they are offering open registration) at any time of the year and you will still be reimbursed by the Port Moody Soccer Club.

BC Soccer is the governing body for soccer in BC, and has tailored the Coach Education Program (training coaches from grassroots to high performance levels) and developed their Coach Pathway Model to complement the Canadian Soccer Association’s Soccer Pathway Model looking at Long Term Player Development (LTPD). For more information, visit the BC Soccer and Canada Soccer websites.

BCSA Certification Clinics


Click on the BCSA clinic options below for more information on the course, its requirements and registration.

  • Active Start (U6)

    At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.

    Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)

    • Course Length: 3.5 hours
    • Course Fee: FREE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field
    • Schedule of Clinics and Registration CLICK HERE

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test. For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED). Please complete the “Competition-Development module”.

  • FUNdamentals (U7 - U8)

    At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Mini game formats are used, ranging from 3v3 to 5v5 and a basic league schedule can be created but no standings should be kept. All players should play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.

    • Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
    • Course Length: 7.5 hours
    • Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test.  For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  Please complete the “Competition-Development module”.

  • Learning to Train (U9 - U12)

    This stage introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping, and the training to competition ratio should be 2 to 3 training sessions for every game.

    • Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
    • Course Length: 14 hours
    • Course Fee: $76.13 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
    • Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test.  For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  Please complete the “Competition-Development module”.

  • Soccer for Life (U13+)

    At this stage, skill training demands and training loads are increased to develop and refine skills and tactics. Tactical awareness becomes an increasingly important facet of training, alongside mental toughness, concentration, and diligence. Elite soccer groups may express interest in recruiting talented young players, but coaches and parents should be careful to recognize and protect the long-term interests of each athlete. Game formats develop from 8v8 to 11v11 (although no 11v11 prior to 13 years of age) as players grow through this stage, and the season moves toward year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods.

    • Pre-requisite: N/A (minimum age requirement is 16 years old)
    • Course Length: 14 hours (typically over 2-3 days)
    • Course Fee: $152.25 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
    • Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test.  For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  Please complete the “Competition-Development module”.

  • C License Provincial (U13+) (formerly the B-Prep)

    Canada Soccer piloted the C-Licence Program throughout 2014-2015 and it is now being introduced as the new entry level to the licensing Stream across Canada and it replaces the B Pretest Assessment as of 2016.

    NOTE: Coaches who have successfully completed the B Pretest Assessment in the past will have a 2 Year window ending December 31, 2017 (subject to change) to enter the Provincial B License program directly.  After this date, the B Pretest will cease to be recognized and all coaches will be required to meet the entry requirements for the C License prior to progressing to the B License Provincial.

    The C-Licence is for coaches who would like to continue with their coaching education at a higher level through the Licensing Stream. It is open to those who are serious about coaching and work within the competitive 11v11 game of soccer (U13+).

    This program is divided into 2 parts with a number of months between the training and evaluation components to allow coaches to practice what they have learned prior to undergoing a formal assessment:

    • Course Training 4 days (32 hours of Theoretical and Practical components)
    • Course Evaluation 1 day (Practical Session Assessment, Laws of the Game Exam, Coaching Theory Exam)
    • Pre-requisite: Soccer for Life Trained status (minimum age recommended is 18 years old)
    • Course Length: 4 days (32 hours training - practical assessment is separate)
    • Course Fee: $634.46 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
    • Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test.  For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  Please complete the “Competition-Development module”.

  • B License Provincial (U13+)

    The B License Provincial focuses on working with high performance youth soccer within the Train to Train Stage of Development. This course involves both theory and practical coaching work. The theory components include: stages of development, methodology of training, session planning and the laws of the game (11-a-side). The practical components are heavily geared towards the ability of the coach to plan and implement effective training sessions based on a variety of technical and tactical coaching topics. Coaches will undergo practical assessments based on assigned topics.  Successful participants will be eligible to apply for the B License National Course while those not meeting the standard will be required to retake the full course and assessment components.

    • Pre-requisite: Successful pass of C License evaluation or B Pre-Test pass (B Pre-Test designation expires December 31, 2017)
    • Course Length: 5 days (40 hours)
    • Course Fee: $739.46 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee) 
    • Current Mailing Address
    • Schedule of Courses and Registration: CLICK HERE
    • *Coaches should be prepared to participate in classroom and on field

    IMPORTANT:

    Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification status in the NCCP database. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation but you only have two tries at the test.  For more info and registration: Making Ethical Decisions (MED).  Please complete the “Competition-Introduction module”.

Age Group / Course Active Start Fundamentals Learn to Train Soccer for Life
(or higher)
B National
U6        
U7        
U8        
U9    
   
U10        
U11        
U12        
U13 - U18 Grassroots        
U13 - U18 High Performance      

UPCOMING BCSA CLINICS

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