Coach Education Program Overview
Manitoba Soccer is committed to the growth and development of all coaches in Manitoba through the Canada Soccer Coach Education Program. As the governing body for soccer in Canada, Canada Soccer is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level and they have developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Program to this model. As a result, a two-streamed education program has been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and the provincial/territorial partners, including Manitoba Soccer, that will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.
The Programs through which a coach may enter and/or advance through are:
Each of these Programs include several workshops designed to prepare coaches for working with players in a specific stage of development as outlined in the LTPD Model and Coach Pathway. All course registration is done online. The course schedule and registration links can be found HERE.
The Canada Soccer 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 workshops, Active Start, FUNdamentals 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 is called Soccer for Life and focuses attention on working with players between the ages of 13 through to “masters 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.
Coaches wishing to gain training through the Grassroots Coach Education Program would do so in the following manner:
Note: 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. 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).
The Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program
The Canada Soccer Advanced Coach 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 graded by Staff Evaluators at each stage of the process. This process begins with the C License, which involves a total of 32 hours of facilitated learning plus time allocated for formal assessments (12-18 months of work). From there, coaches may enter the B License Program, which includes 12-18 months of work. It is aimed at coaches working with players in an environment where performance is a critical factor in successful coaching. The A License Program also includes 12-18 months of work, and caters to those wishing to make a career of coaching at the highest level. The Children's License and the Youth License (including the Youth GK License) are also available streams depending on the focus of the coach. All Advanced Coach Education streams following the C License are run and administered by Canada Soccer.
Coaches wishing to gain training and certification in the Advanced Coach Education Program would do so in the following manner:
Note: All licenses in the Advanced Coach Education Program are valid for a period of three (3) years. At the end of the 3-year validity period, the License may be renewed by following the Canada Soccer Maintenance and Renewal process.
More information on the workshops following the C License can be found at canadasoccer.com.
To register for an upcoming Coach Workshop in either the Grassroots or Advanced Coach Education Programs, please visit our Registration page.