Club Licensing Program

The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is designed to guide member organizations throughout the country toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. Canada Soccer has developed the Club Licensing Program to vertically align (from FIFA through the PTSOs) and integrate best principles from several sources to create a standard that is both high quality and recognizes the unique Canadian soccer landscape. Saskatchewan Soccer is proud to partner with Canada Soccer to deliver the Club Licensing Program within Saskatchewan.
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is an opt-in program and it is not mandatory for any Member Organization to participate, nor will it impact the membership status of any organization within Saskatchewan Soccer. The Club Licensing Program takes a principle-based approach. Principles provide direction but are not prescriptive, allowing organizations to develop and select methods by which they will operate based on their available resources and unique situation and context.

Club Licensing Program Licences & Criteria

Within the Club Licensing Program there are four classifications that a Member Organization (MO) can target based on their vision and desire to develop their organization:
Canada Soccer is responsible for the oversight of the National Youth Club Licence, while Saskatchewan Soccer is responsible for the oversight of the Quality Soccer Provider, PTSO Level 1 and PTSO Level 2 licences within the Club Licensing Program.

Club Licensing Application Process

(See table below for updated timelines)

 2021 Club Licensing Application Process

Club Licensing Competition Designations

Due to the impact of COVID 19, we will be delaying the requirements of different Club Licensing levels as they relate to participation in different Competition Streams. The below requirements will now take affect in 2022 Outdoor.


Annual Timelines for Implementation within Saskatchewan

April 16 Declaration of Interest form open
May 1 QSP, MA Youth 1, MA Youth 2 applications open
August 31 Deadline to declare interest in applying for National Youth Club License
October 1 QSP, MA Youth 1, MA Youth 2 application deadline. All information must be submitted by this time
November 18 Communication requesting any additional information sent to MOs
January 17 Organizations have until November 1 the following year to resubmit any requested information or changes
January 31 Communication regarding applications sent to MOs and recommendations provided to Canada Soccer

The Benefits of Becoming Licensed

Benefits for participation in this program can be tied into 4 categories: Reward, Recognition, Differentiation and Accessibility to Competition.
Reward MOs who achieve any of the Club Licensing licences will receive additional consideration through the allocation of MAP Grant funding. MOs who achieve licencing will also receive a year's subscription to Academy Soccer Coach session planning and organization software. 
Recognition All MOs who achieve a Club Licensing licence will be provided with marketing materials stating their level of achievement and will receive recognition on Saskatchewan Soccer's website
Differentiation As soccer continues to evolve, being part of the Club Licensing Program allows for MOs to differentiate themselves as being recognized for achieving standards of best practice compared to other sports and other soccer organizations
Access to Competition As part of the Stream Based Competition Designation chart, only MO who achieve MA Youth Level 1, MA Youth Level 2, or National Youth Club Licence will be able to operate in the Competitive Youth Stream. Additionally, only organizations who achieve National Youth Club Licence will be able to participate in the Player Development Program which is a Canada-wide standards-based league with five regional divisions. 

Information, Education, and Resources

Canada Soccer Resources
The following resources are also located on the Canada Soccer website.
SSA Resources
SSA is proud to support Member Organizations with education and resources to support them in achieving their desired levels of the Club Licensing Program. Support manuals have been developed for the QSP, PTSO 1, and PTSO 2 levels which detail the available templates, education, and resources for the licensing criteria. Templates and information sheets are located on the Member Organization Resources webpage. Webinars and training opportunities are listed below. More resources and education will be added as they are confirmed.
March 10, 2020 Launching an Adaptive Soccer Program
March 12, 2020 Webinar about 2020 Club Licensing Program
April 8, 2020 Newcomer Engagement & Inclusivity Webinar
April 21, 2020 Launching a Walking Soccer Program
April 29 & May 6, 2020 How to Write a Technical Plan - for access to this webinar contact Rahim
May 14, 2020 Club Licensing - Principles in Action - Slide Deck
May 27, 2020 Developing an Annual Plan 
June 4, 2020 Balancing Quality with Accessibility & Inclusion - Slide Deck
November 1 & 8, 2020 
Managing Your Technical Direction
Register online through your member organization online portal. 
April 14, 2021 
April 27, 2021
ASC Cloud Update Presentation

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Staff Contact Information

Technical & Sporting criteria Coordinator of Sport for All or (306) 519-0824
Administration, Financial, Infrastructure & Governance criteria Coordinator of Member Services or (306) 519-1618
Liaising with Canada Soccer Director of Soccer or (306) 260-9793

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