Youth Licence

Canada Soccer Youth Licence

Coaching Stream: Youth Development Stream

Course Duration: The Youth Licence program is delivered over a total of 15 in-person workshop days divided into 4 or 5 blocks delivered over a period of 12-18 months, including the following:

  • Online modules;
  • 4 or 5 in-person workshops blocks (3 to 4 days in length);
  • Classroom, field and online course work;
  • In situ demonstrations of competency recorded and submitted via video

Course Description: The Youth Licence workshop is the Development Stream pathway for coaches working with players between the ages of 13-18. The Youth Licence continues the facilitation of learning opportunities for the coach to work effectively with youth players in the Development Stream.

The Youth Licence content involves theoretical and practical components focusing on holistic, effective coaching of youth players in the Development Stream. The workshops cover 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;
  • Tactical periodization;
  • Building your own game model;
  • Understanding and teaching the Roles and Responsibilities of all playing positions;
  • Understanding and utilizing Sports Science related to youth players;
  • Understanding and developing individual and team tactical strategies related to youth players;
  • Developing presentation and communication skills;
  • Use of technology in coaching youth players;
  • Match analysis in youth soccer

Candidates will apply the knowledge gained on the course in their club or academy environments over a 12 to 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, the coach will be able to demonstrate the competencies associated with coaching and managing players in the Youth Development Stream, including designing, delivering and reflecting on all aspects of on and off field activities.

Licence Validity: The Youth Licence is valid for a period of three (3) years. At the end of the 3-year validity period, the Youth Licence may be renewed by following the Canada Soccer Maintenance and Renewal process.

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

Admission Criteria

  • Canada Soccer C Licence certified;
  • Current coaching role;
  • 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.

Course Fee $3000

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; lunch and refreshments during the in-person workshops; review, feedback and evaluation of all course content.

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

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