BC Soccer Coaching Requirements for the 2017-2018 Season


As players grow and develop their skills it is important for coaches to be equipped with the right tools at the right time to provide the right environment for players, parents and coaching staff alike. Becoming trained at the right stage and by obtaining the resource material that is available by attending the courses, coaches will be able to impact soccer education in an organized and enjoyable fashion. Every course is progressive and more advanced as the players’ ability increases.


BC SOCCER 2017 COACHING PATHWAY

The Coach Pathway image below provide a visual overview of the minimum certification requirements for the various levels of play.

BC Soccer would also like to make all coaches aware of the Playing Environment which is shown below:

NEW Mandatory Coaching requirements Through BC Soccer!

Rule: Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association/BC Soccer Association 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 six (6) months of their Head Coach appointment.

Team Age Group U6 U7-U8 U9-U12 U13-U18
Coaching Courses Active Start Fundamentals Learn to Train Soccer for Life

RULES FOR PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Provincial Premier Cup, A Cup, B Cup (Girls), Les Sinnott Memorial Cup (Boys), Coastal Cup, Interior Play Downs: The head coach must have the following CSA / BC Soccer Coaching certification: SOCCER FOR LIFE

ACTIVE START (Stage 1 ‘First Kicks’ U4-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.

FUNDAMENTALS (Stage 2 ‘Fun with the Ball’ U7-U9)

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.

LEARNING TO TRAIN (Stage 3 ‘The Golden Age of Learning’ 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.

SOCCER FOR LIFE (Stage 7 ‘Soccer for Health & Grassroots Growth’ U13 - U18+)

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.

Long Term Player Development


The Canada Soccer Pathway provides a roadmap for players of all ages and aspirations who want to play soccer at the recreation, competitive or high performance EXCEL levels, with the aim of encouraging lifelong participation. The Pathway is built around the principles of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD).

What is LTPD?
LTPD is a model of athlete development that parallels what doctors and psychologists have long used to better understand human development: as a series of distinct stages, which takes us from infancy through to adulthood. A person’s abilities, behaviors and emotions, as well as their understanding of the world around them, varies from stage to stage.

Similarly, experts in sport science have identified seven stages of development — each with its own physical and psychological characteristics —that form the basis for LTPD. When young soccer players are able to train and compete in an environment that’s appropriate to their stage of development, they not only perform at their best, they also have more fun.

In other words, LTPD is designed to give players an optimal soccer experience at every stage by putting their needs front and centre.

To learn more about Canada Soccer and BC Soccer Long term Player Development programs please follow the links below.

Resources
Parents and coaches are invited to download and read the resources below.

Long-Term Player Development: A Community Guide

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage One – Active Start

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage Two – FUNdamentals

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage Three – Learn to Train

LTPD for Athletes with a Disability

Canada Soccer Pathway

Warm-up Video