Canada Soccer Children’s Diploma

(updated Nov 1, 2022)

From Canada Soccer:


The Children’s Diploma prepares the student coach to meet the demands of coaching children 5-12 years of age in a development environment.

Target Coach:
Those coaches working actively within Children’s soccer, including full or part-time staff coaches.


  • Valid Canadian C Licence or approved International Equivalent
  • Completed Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train courses
  • Valid Criminal Record Check

Course Duration:
12 months

Start Date:

West Group (BC or Alberta): September 14, 2023

Learning Environment:

  • 2 x 3.5 days, in-person (classroom & field)
  • Independent Online Learning (asynchronous)
  • Collaborative Online Learning (synchronous)
  • Collaborative Group Learning (mentor supported)
  • Coaches must attend both of the in-person sessions for their group: September 14- 17, 2023 & May 9-12, 2024

Course Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Children’s Diploma, the coach will be able to demonstrate the competencies association with coaching and managing children in a developmental environment, including designing, delivering and reflecting on all aspects of on and off-field activities.

Course Fee:

Cost includes:
Access to online learning management system; Canada Soccer branded Nike kit (not including boots and trainers); a 12-month subscription to Practice Session Planning software; in -person classroom and field rentals; tools used to deliver the in-person, online asynchronous, and online synchronous sessions; and coach developer support throughout the course.

Additional fees:

Coaches will be required to cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals when attending the in-person sessions.  Any costs associated with video recording of practical coaching sessions will be at the coach’s expense.

To apply:
Complete the Canada Soccer Coach Education Application

For more information on the Canada Soccer Children’s Diploma, click here