Information about Coaches Licensing

As the governing body for soccer in Canada the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grass roots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge a three tiered certification program has been developed in conjunction with our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.

In ascending order, the tiers or levels through which a coach can advance are:
Community Coach Certificate
B License
A License

The Canadian Soccer Association's Licensing Program, aimed at those who are more serious about their coaching development, requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence in a practical coaching environment. Each coach is, therefore, formally "assessed" and graded by Staff Instructors as part of the course.

This process begins with the B License, which involves a total of 80 teaching units plus time allocated for formal assessments. It is aimed at coaches working with players in a competitive environment where "performance" is a critical factor in successful coaching.

The A license course includes a total of 120 teaching units plus formal assessments. The A License is designed for "high performance" coaches and caters to those wishing to make a career of coaching at the highest level.

Each of the courses within the program are built around teaching "units" of 45 minutes, with an emphasis being placed on the practical application of certain coaching tasks, also known as "competencies". These tasks/competencies are expanded upon as the coach progresses through the program and will range from showing an understanding of the rules of mini soccer to running an effective practice with players in a high performance environment.

More information on Technical/Practical courses can be obtained by contacting the Canadian Soccer Association or the Ontario Provincial Soccer Association.

To enquire about Canadian Equivalency for any foreign Coaching License earned through the Governing Body of Soccer in another Country: Canadian License Equivalency.

Ontario Coaching Pathway

Provided by the Ontario Soccer Association