Youth Licence – Goalkeeping

Name: Youth Licence – Goalkeeping

Coaching Stream: Development Stream

Course Duration: The Youth Licence – Goalkeeping program entails a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 18 months of work. This includes the following:

  • Online modules;
  • In situ practical sessions;
  • Online course work;
  • Demonstrations of competency;
  • Video mentorship

Course Description: The Youth Licence – Goalkeeping workshop is the first step on the Goalkeeping Pathway (having obtained a C Licence and a Provincial Level Goalkeeping Course). The Youth Licence – Goalkeeping workshop provides you an opportunity to develop an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of coaching Goalkeepers while focusing on holistic and effective coaching in the Development Stream. The workshop covers content including:

  • Vision, Mission, Values;
  • Understanding the Person, the Practice & the Play;
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in coaching;
  • Physical, Cognitive and Social-Emotional development of youth;
  • Safe Sport;
  • Guiding Principles
  • Role of Goalkeeping Coach
  • Goalkeeping DNA
  • Weekly Practice Session Structure
  • Match Related Competencies

Candidates will apply the knowledge gained on the course in their club or academy environments over a 12-18 month period. Demonstrations of competency will be submitted via video for review, which will allow coaches to work with their own players in their club environments. Ongoing engagement in the online, in-class and on-field experience is required.

Course Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Youth Licence – Goalkeeping, the coach will be able to demonstrate the competencies associated with coaching and managing players in the Development Stream, including designing, delivering and reflecting on all aspects of on and off field activities.

Licence Validity: The Youth Licence – Goalkeeping is valid for a period of three (3) years. At the end of the 3-year validity period, the Youth Licence – Goalkeeping may be renewed by following the Canada Soccer Maintenance and Renewal process. The Youth Licence – Goalkeeping is also a pre-requisite for the future Senior Goalkeeping Course (2022)

Target Candidate: The target candidate for the Youth Licence – Goalkeeping is currently coaching players aged 13-18

Admission Criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen or PR Status
  • Certified C Licence
  • Any Provincial Level Goalkeeping Course, if applicable
  • Current coaching role, as well as previous coaching experience;
  • Endorsement of Provincial/Territorial Member Association and current club/academy;
  • Candidates may be required to complete an interview process.

Admission Process: Applications will be accepted up until the closing date. After that date, the applications will be reviewed, and the preferred candidates will be selected and offered a place on the course. Selected candidates will have seven (7) days to accept their place on the course and pay the course fee in full.

If a selected candidate rejects their place on the course, it will be offered to the next suitable candidate.


Cost Includes: Access to Canada Soccer’s online learning management system; Canada Soccer branded Nike kit (not including boots and trainers); access to Canada Soccer’s session planning software (1-year subscription); Respect in Sport Activity Leader program;

To apply, please complete the Canada Soccer Coach Education Application.

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