Canada Soccer C Licence

IMPORTANT: all old C-Licence coaching pathways must be finalized and approved by July 31st, 2024. From August 1st, 2024, the new C-Diploma will take over and coaches who started their journey will not be able to continue their journey on the C-Licence stream.

The Canada Soccer C Licence workshop is the entry-level course for the Advanced Coach Education pathway and prepares the coach to progress to the Development Stream (Children), Development Stream (Youth) or Performance Stream (Senior). The Canada Soccer C Licence involves the facilitation of learning opportunities for the coach to develop an understanding of the coaching process. Currently, this workshop is being delivered online and requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence. Each coach will be assigned tasks to complete throughout the online workshop and will be supported by staff Coach Developers.

To be accepted into the Canada Soccer C Licence, you must be 16 years or older, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Cost:
$495 +GST (course fee only)

Overview:

The Canada Soccer C Licence content involves theoretical and practical components focusing on holistic, effective coaching. The workshop covers content including:

  • Vision, Mission, Values;
  • Understanding the Person, the Practice & the Play;
  • Mental Health and wellbeing in coaching;
  • Safe Sport;
  • The Coaching Process;
  • Designing and delivering a training session;
  • Introduction to the Principles of Play;
  • Developing the individual player;
  • Introduction to presentation skills;
  • Introduction to the use of technology in coaching.

Coaches who complete the Canada Soccer C Licence Workshop will be designated as “In-Training”.  To become “Trained” coaches will need to complete

1. Make Ethical Decisions      2. Respect In Sport Activity Leader        3. Making Headway in Soccer              4. Emergency Action Plan

5. Safe Sport Training

ALL C LICENCE EVALUATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF 2023.  Alberta Soccer will no longer be offering the C Licence or completing evaluations in 2024.

Coaches who successfully complete the training requirements are eligible to progress to the evaluation process if they choose. Coaches must have completed the following to be eligible for register for the C Licence Evaluation:

Coaches who complete all training requirements and pass the evaluation achieve Canada Soccer C Licence Certified. Evaluation is based upon:

  1. Practice Session via video submission
  2. Laws of the Game Exam (if not already completed within the workshop)

Candidates receive their results electronically. Unsuccessful candidates may apply for re-evaluation twice and full evaluation fees will apply on their second re-evaluation (if necessary).

Cost:
$250 + GST (evaluation fee only) payable upon registration

Evaluation procedure 

  1. Once a candidate registers for evaluation and makes contact with their Coach Evaluator, the full evaluation process must be executed within 2 weeks (14 days).  The candidate must be able to submit a session plan, carry out a pre-brief with an evaluator, record their session, sync the audio and video, submit the session and schedule a de-brief.  If the candidate is not confident they can carry this out within the timeframe, they are asked to register only when they can.
  2. On the first day of the evaluation block, (or within 3 business days of registration) the candidate will receive an email from the Alberta Soccer Coach Education Department introducing them to their Alberta Soccer Coach Evaluator.  This email also details the topic for the evaluation as well as the video submission guidelines/process.
  3. The candidate must send their full session plan (Whole – Part – Whole) and EAP directly to their coach evaluator by email.
  4. Once the evaluator has received the session plan, the evaluator will contact the candidate and arrange a ‘pre-brief’ with the candidate.  The pre-brief will be carried out either via a video call or phone call at an agreed time between the candidate and evaluator.  Once the pre-brief has taken place, the candidate will be given the go-ahead to record their session.  Coaches must ensure they are given written consent to video tape players for the purpose of their evaluation.
  5. Once the candidates have recorded their session and checked it for audio and video quality, the candidate will email their video, final session plan & EAP directly to their assigned coach developer.
  6. On receiving the email, the evaluator will acknowledge receipt of the required material, and will schedule a de-brief with the candidate.  Again, this can be done via video phone or phone call.  During the de-brief the candidate will learn of their next steps and discuss their action plan.
  7. The evaluator will email the completed observation of competency forms and action plan to the candidate and Alberta Soccer.
  8. If successful, Alberta Soccer will do all the necessary checks and the update the CAC Locker (C Licence only) and Canada Soccer.  The candidate will then receive their Certificate directly from Canada Soccer.
Re-Testing Canada Soccer C Licence Components

After initial evaluation, coaches who require it may re-test twice. Candidates re-test only individual evaluation components they did not pass. If after two re-testing attempts a passing score has not been achieved, candidates must re-enter the program and repeat the C License course before attempting the evaluation process again. Full program fees will apply on the second set of re-tests should they be necessary.

Cost
$150 + GST

  1. Practical Exam: $75 +GST
  2. Laws of the Game: $25 +GST
  3. Coaching Theory Exam: $25 +GST
  4. Plan a Session Exam: $25 +GST

This is a non-residential program with travel and accommodation being the responsibility of the candidate.

Results
Candidates receive their results electronically.

How do I start the Evaluation Process?

To start the evaluation process the coach applies by registering for an Alberta Soccer Coach Evaluation Phase in the Locker through the Coaches Association of Canada.  Pre-Requisite: Canada Soccer C Licence Trained designation.

Once a candidate registers for evaluation and makes contact with their Coach Evaluator, the full evaluation process must be executed within 2 weeks (14 days).  The candidate must be able to submit a session plan, carry out a pre-brief with an evaluator, record their session, sync the audio and video, submit the session and schedule a de-brief.  If the candidate is not confident they can carry this out within the timeframe, they are asked to register only when they can.

On the first day of the evaluation block (or upon registration), the candidate will receive an email from the Alberta Soccer Coach Education Department within 3 business days. This email will detail the evaluation outline as well as the session submission and video guidelines/process.

What do I need to Submit for the Evaluation Process? 

The candidate will submit the following to their assigned Coach Evaluator via email: 

  • Session Plan & Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to their assigned Coach Evaluator via One Drive folder provided by Coach Evaluator

What are the Next Steps?

  • A pre-brief will be set up with Coach Evaluator in which session plan and EAP will be reviewed.  Once given the go ahead by their Coach Evaluator the candidate can then video tape their session.
  • Once video session has been recorded the candidate will submit it to their assigned Coach Evaluator.  Their Coach Evaluator will then set up a debrief meeting and review candidates action plan.
  • If successful, Alberta Soccer will do all the necessary checks and update the CAC Locker (C Licence only) and Canada Soccer.  The candidate will then receive credit in their NCCP transcript and a certificate directly from Canada Soccer.

WATCH: Jason Blake – Alberta Soccer Technical Director – Evaluation Process

2024 Course Dates

(updated January 9th, 2024)

Evaluation Dates

  • Phase 1 – (January 1 – March 31) Registration opens January 1. CLICK HERE to register.

For Evaluation Inquiries please email the Coach Education Department