The Coaching Pathway 2017-05-30T08:25:10+00:00

The Coaching Pathway

The Coaching Pathway is inspired by Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development and is informed by the Coaches Association of Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development model. Please go to Where Do I Start to find out your coaching needs and requirements.


The Community Stream Workshops are designed for grassroots coaches who come in and out of the game and have little time to invest in their skills as a coach.

  • Coaches enter the Community Stream at the appropriate age and stage of the players they are working with – For example – the coach working with U10 players completes Learning to Train (Workshop + MED).
  • All workshops are participatory in nature providing coaches with stage specific training – there is no evaluation.
  • Coaches who complete their program are regarded as ‘Trained’ – certification does not apply to the Community Stream.
  • Strongly recommended for all coaches working at Community & Competitive levels of the grassroots game
  • Requirements are in place for coaches engaged in Youth & Senior Provincial Championships
The Licensing Stream is a traditional vertical pathway designed for the aspiring coach able to achieve higher performance standards.

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age.
  • For serious coaches.
  • Preference given to coaches who can demonstrate a background in the game and/or working at Tier 1 and 2 levels or higher.
  • Open entry into the Licensing Stream through the Provincial C-License Program.
  • Alberta Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the entry level provincial awards – the C-License and Provincial B-License programs.
  • Canada Soccer is responsible for the delivery of the national award – the National B-License and the A-license.