Women in Soccer
Inspire Generations: Play, Coach, Lead
Stay tuned – registration information for the 2019 Women in Sport Conference is coming soon! (updated February 8, 2019)
90 + participants attended the 2018 conference from 24 communities across the province and Ft. St John and Vancouver, BC.
Alberta Soccer offered the one-day Women in Soccer Conference program in two locations:
- Calgary – April 14, 2018 (Mt. Royal University)
- Leduc – April 15, 2018 (Best Western Premier Denham Inn & Suites)/ Leduc Recreation Centre)
This event featured top-notch leadership, coaching, and referee development sessions designed to empower and inspire female leaders.
- Keynote speech and custom coaching session – We were thrilled to welcome keynote speaker, Andrea Neil to the conference. Andrea is a former Canadian Women’s National Team Player, Canada Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and USSF National ‘B’ Licensed and UEFA ‘A’ Licensed coach. Andrea also lead a custom coaching session for participants. She is both a highly skilled coach and passionate leader on the topic of sport and its role in character development among girls and women.
- Female Initiated Referee Strategies and Techniques (F.I.R.S.T.) – Practical game management techniques were taught by experienced female instructors (North: Melissa Sargent, Jaimelia Turner and South: Laurie Darvill, Anne McAlduff)
- Intercultural Communication Skills Training – In this custom session, participants learned to build awareness about cultural values and biases and strategies they can integrate when coaching, officiating, playing, or other roles to combat them in their daily life; led by Stacey Busse, Bow Valley College School of Global Access, who has 15 years’ experience facilitating these workshops.
- NCCP Mentorship Module – This training reaffirmed and strengthened the abilities and skills of a mentor, while expanding upon the mentor’s knowledge of the mentorship process, led by CAL Facilitator: Jim Loughlin, LED Facilitator: Jackie Cool, NCCP Master Coach Developers
- CAAWS combined Leading with Confidence/Women on Boards Workshop – This engaging workshop showed participants how to strengthen their leadership skills and provided information about what being on a board looks like and the positive impact they can make on one; led by CAL Facilitator, Lea Wiens, Sport for Life Consultant with 20+ years’ experience and LED Facilitator, Karen Melnyk, who has 25+ years’ experience in leadership training
The 2017 Women in Soccer was held in Red Deer on May 5-7, 2017.
The soccer community needs more strong, skilled women in leadership roles – and this unique conference was created with that in mind!
It offered networking opportunities, new certification and development opportunities for coaches and referees and leadership workshops. This year, we lined up a passionate and inspiring group of facilitators to lead the sessions, including:
- Keynote: Lorraine Lafreniere, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada
- Bev Preistman, the Womens’ EXCEL Director for Canada Soccer 14-U17, Head Coach U17 team
- Carmelina Moscato, who has played with the Canadian Women’s National soccer team since 2002 and won the bronze medal with the team at the London 2012 Olympic games. She is also currently an assistant coach with the Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL U15 and U17 teams.
- Chantal Boudreau, a referee whose journey from an entry level referee to FIFA Assistant Referee only took her five years (of hard work and commitment!).
- Sheena Dickson, FIFA Referee from Alberta
- Dr. Cari Din, a dynamic leadership expert and Olympic medalist
- FIRST Referee Session
- Coach/Player Panel
- CAAWS Networking Session
- FUNdamentals Coaching Course
- Entry Level Referee Course
- CAAWS Leadership Workshops
Speakers included Vicki Harber from Canadian Sport for Life, Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director of CAAWS and Mayi Cruz Blanco, the Women’s Football Development Manager for FIFA. Participants also received tickets for the record setting opening matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
“Discrimination still an issue in Women’s Football” (Al Jazeera)
Did You Know?
- Women make up less than 30% of Coaching Course Registrants at all levels of coaching in Alberta
- Females make up only 27% of Registered Referees in the province
Time to Take Action
The Development of Women in Soccer Committee’s mandate is to promote, support and increase the numbers of female soccer participants: in leadership roles and as players, coaches, and referees.
The Alberta Soccer Development of Women in Soccer Committee was established in December 2012 and currently consists of 8 talented, diverse and passionate female members from across the province. These women represent every facet of soccer including coaches, referees, players, administrators and parents:
Mary Jo Spence – Chair
ASA BOD Liaison
ASA Staff Support
“Coaching is both demanding and rewarding. An enormous amount of time and energy is committed to studying the game, preparing the athletes, coaching in the competitions and mentoring the participants in sport and life.
Likewise, coaching affords the honour of seeing children and youth develop courage, confidence and competence through sport. Boys and girls are better served by having men and women as their coaches. Yet, while there are many women coaches at the grassroots level, that number decreases as the level of knowledge, competition and commitment increases. We must all work to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for women to coach, referee and lead as they have much to offer our communities.”
Dr. Mary Dyck, Past Chair, DWSC Leadership Subcommittee