Coaching Resources

Click a tab below for resources and answers to commonly asked questions:

If you’re currently NOT coaching…

If you would like to get involved in coaching because you either have an interest in the game or you want to coach your own child, contact your local soccer association. To find your local soccer association, click here.

If you’re new to coaching and would like to gain some basic knowledge and tools…

If you are new to coaching and would like to receive coaching education, attending a community coach workshop is the place to start. Find out which workshop is for you, dependent on the age and stage you’re coaching – click here. You may also wish to begin in the Licensing Stream with the introductory Canada Soccer C License – click here for info about the C License.

Visit the Canada Soccer website for information about the Coach Education License Renewal Process – click here.
If your Canada Soccer C License has expired (licenses are valid for 3 years) please contact our Manager of Coach Education to discuss how you can renew.
Please view the Provincial Rule Book here to determine the coaching requirements for the various Provincial Championships.
  • In early 2019, Alberta Soccer transitioned from Goalline to The Locker (through the Coaching Association of Canada). This move will streamline the coach certification process for coaches. Coaches now can find all of their workshops reflected within their NCCP transcript.
  • For National B or A License certification status, Canadian Soccer holds records of these coaches on their Status Check.
  • Alberta Soccer does not issue nor track NCCP coaching numbers or provide access to The Locker.
  • For access to The Locker please CLICK HERE and follow the prompts.
Equivalency is a Canada Soccer responsibility. You may apply for foreign certification equivalency with Canada Soccer
There are currently no exemptions to this effect. However, prospective coaches with strong playing backgrounds may apply for direct entry to the Provincial C-License.

Coach Developers (CD’s) play a key role in the Coaching Pathway. They take on the responsibility for training and developing coaches who are looking to enhance their own individual experience and qualifications through the formal training and certification programs. The Alberta Soccer Coach Education Department trains, qualifies and supports CD’s who understand and support Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) – the underpinning principles of player and coaching development in Canada.

To qualify for this training, candidates must currently be an Alberta Soccer Coach Developer, or be certified at a minimum of the B1 License level. In special circumstances, coaches that are C License Certified will be considered for coach developer training.

For more information and to register, please email the Coach Education Department.

Once coaches complete both the Online Theory component and the On Field component they will receive credit in their NCCP Transcripts
Participants are required to attend coaching programs in their entirety – there are no make ups. If you miss a portion you must start again at the beginning.
If your records cannot be found OR there is an error in your NCCP transcript with regard to your coach training or certification, then take these steps:

  1. Cross-reference your NCCP data records in the NCCP database via The Locker.
  2. Forward by email your CC Number , and/or copies of completion certificates to coaching@albertasoccer.com
  3. In your email, be clear about reporting your error (I.E.) State the specific error and what records are missing

NOTE: THE ALBERTA SOCCER COACH DATABASE DOES NOT TRACK MULTI-SPORT COACH TRAINING/CERTIFICATION

Keep up to date with the current Laws of the Game check out the IFBA website.

The Locker is the online NCCP database and e-learning portal available to all multi-sport coaches across Canada.

  • Multi-sport coach training and certification records such as MED are stored in The Locker.
  • Alberta Soccer uploads soccer-specific coaching data into The Locker using an automated process.
  • Alberta Soccer does not issue nor track NCCP coaching numbers or provide access to The Locker.
  • For access to The Locker please CLICK HERE and follow the prompts.
Alberta Soccer uploads coaching data into The Locker (NCCP Database) using an automated process. This data appears on your Locker Transcript (printable). Alberta Soccer does not issue nor track NCCP coaching numbers or provide access to The Locker. For access to The Locker please CLICK HERE and follow the prompts. Watch a quick video tutorial below

Canada Soccer Child, Youth, National B-License, and A-License programs are not NCCP aligned therefore these programs are not recorded in The Locker currently.
MED training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport. By successfully completing the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. MED is a separate module from the soccer-specific workshops enabling the coach to complete on his/her own time.
No. MED is offered through the Coaches Association of Canada and administered in Alberta by Alberta Sport Connection
Yes. MED is a National Coaching Certification Program of Canada (NCCP) training requirement for all coaches wanting to complete their program. MED is also an NCCP requirement for coaches engaged in certification programs such as the Provincial C and B License Awards.

MED needs to be completed one time only. The MED module consists of a training workshop and an online evaluation with the evaluation included in the workshop fees. The training workshop can be completed online or by home-study through Alberta Sport Connection.

The evaluation is completed online via The Locker and is included in the workshop fees. Once coaches have completed the MED training and it appears on their NCCP transcript, they will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation (Competition-Introduction). 

There are three evaluation versions online. Soccer coaches must complete the “Competition–Introduction” version.
If you are a district or club wishing to check a coaches NCCP transcript held with the Coaches Association of Canada please view this brief tutorial.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered above, please email the Coach Education department

If you are looking for information regarding Safe Sport (i.e. Respect in Sport & Safe Sport Resources / Reporting) please CLICK HERE.