Coaching Standards & Education Pathway

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Coaching Standards

The Saskatchewan Soccer Coaching Standards have been established in an effort to improve the training and game environment for all players in Saskatchewan. The coaching standards are targeted to meet the specific age and stream requirements with a player-first priority and focus.

Coaching Education Pathway

As the governing body for soccer in Canada, Canada Soccer is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country, this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge, Canada Soccer has developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Pathway to this model. As a result, a two-streamed education program has been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.
The Streams through which a coach may enter and/or advance through are the Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program and the Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program. Each of these Streams include a number of workshops designed to prepare coaches for working with players in a specific stage of development as outlined in the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model. 

Coaching Workshop Descriptions

Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program

The Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program has four workshops based on Stages 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Long Term Player Development Model. The first three learning plans are, Active StartFUNdamentals, and Learn to Train, deal with soccer training and the importance of physical literacy for players up to 12 years of age. The fourth workshop in this Stream is called Soccer for Life and focuses attention on working with players between the ages of 13 through to 'senior soccer', which includes a wide array of participants who play for fun and fitness, those who enjoy recreational soccer, as well as those who prefer to play competitively but not at the high performance level.
Click on the each workshop to read a description about each course.

Active Start (Focus on players U4/U6)

FUNdamentals (Focus on players U6/U9 Boys, U6/U8 Girls)

Learn to Train (Focus on players U9/U12 Boys, U8/U11 Girls)

Soccer for Life (Focus on players U13+ Boys, U12+ Girls)

Coaches do not undergo an official evaluation process in the Grassroots Coach Education Program, therefore they are not designated on their NCCP transcript as a Certified Coach. These workshops provide training only in developmental-stage-specific areas of coaching. With this in mind, coaches taking part in these workshops will receive the status of Trained Coach (or will be considered In Training if they have still to complete a module of the particular workshop they have taken).

Canada Soccer Coach Advanced Coached Education Program

The Canada Soccer Advanced Education Program is aimed at those who are more serious about their coaching development and requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence in a practical coaching environment. Each coach is, therefore, formally evaluated and by Staff Evaluators at each stage of the process. This process begins with the Canada Soccer National C-Licence. From there, coaches may enter into a Senior Soccer Stream with the National B Licence Program, or continue with the Children's Licence stream, or the Youth Licence stream. It is aimed at coaches working with players in an environment where performance is a critical factor in successful coaching. The A Licence Program caters to those wishing to make a career of coaching at the highest level.
Click on the each workshop to read a description about each course.

C Licence

B Licence

Children's Licence

Youth Licence

(New) Youth Licence - Goalkeeping

A Licence

Each of the workshops within the program is built with an emphasis placed on the practical application of certain coaching skills, also known as 'competencies'. These competencies are expanded upon as the coach progresses through the program and will range from showing an understanding of the rules of small-sided-soccer to running an effective practice with players in a high performance environment.
For additional support on Coach Education and Development contact Markus Reinkens at

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