Community Coach Workshops

  • The workshops are designed for grassroots community coaches (who must be 16+ years old to participate)
  • Coaches who have completed the appropriate workshop are considered “In Training“
    • To be “Trained”, a coach must complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation – click here
  • All workshops are participatory in nature, providing coaches with stage-specific training
  • To coach at U13 Provincials, a coach must be a Trained Learning to Train or Soccer for Life coach
  • To coach at U15 Provincials or higher, a coach must be a Trained Soccer for Life coach
  • To coach a team that may qualify for a Tier 1 to Nationals competition, a coach must be a Trained C Licence coach

Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get them moving and to keep them active. Kids who have fun playing a sport are more likely to stay active and healthy for their entire lifetime. They also have a better chance of becoming a top athlete. So make it fun, and make it quality!

  • The Active Start (AS) workshop is for coaches working with players under 6 years of age
  • Workshop duration: 4 hours

Curriculum 

  • Develop a basic understanding of Physical Literacy
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the children they are working with
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the children coaches are working with
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session
  • How to manage coaching sessions using appropriate content and methodology
  • An online resource that coaches can use to plan their sessions
  • Advice coaches can use to work with players and parents in this stage
  • Coach workbook and a Certificate of Achievement (coach must print out)

Coaches registering & completing Community Workshops gain access to a season’s worth of online coaching resources delivered free via Alberta Soccer’s online Coach Management System.

At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun”.

  • This Fundamentals (FUN) workshop is for coaches working with 6-8 year-old players
  • Workshop duration: 7 hours excluding breaks

Curriculum 

  • Information on Canadian Soccer Association’s Long Term Player Development model.
  • Develop a basic understanding of Physical Literacy.
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the children they are working with.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the children coaches are working with.
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session.
  • How to manage coaching sessions using appropriate content and methodology.
  • An online resource that coaches can use to plan their sessions.
  • Advice coaches can use to work with players and parents in this stage.
  • Coach’s workbook and a Certificate of Achievement (coaches must print out).

Coaches registering & completing Community Workshops gain access to a season’s worth of online coaching resources delivered free via Alberta Soccer’s online Coach Management System.

The role model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams. They want to learn imaginative skills so skill demonstration is very important – remember: players learn best by “seeing and doing.” Players move from self-centered to self-critical with a high stimulation level during basic skills training.

This is also a window to teach basic principles of play and establish training ethics and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential to stimulate learning.

  • The Learn to Train (L2T) workshop is for coaches working with 8-11 year old females and 9-12 year old males
  • Workshop duration: 14 hours, excluding breaks

Curriculum 

  • Information on Canada Soccer’s Long Term Player Development model
  • What is the game of Soccer?
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the players they are working with
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players
  • FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Technical/Tactical development
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session
  • How to manage coaching sessions using appropriate content and methodology
  • An online resource that coaches can use to plan their sessions
  • Advice coaches can use to work with players and parents in this stage
  • Coaches will receive a coach’s workbook and a Certificate of Achievement (coaches must print off)

Coaches registering & completing Community Workshops gain access to a season’s worth of online coaching resources delivered free via Alberta Soccer’s online Coach Management System.

At any stage in the LTPD framework, regardless of ability, players may decide to play recreational soccer simply to enjoy the game and maintain lifelong wellness. They may be youth players who decide not to pursue high performance, or they may be top players from senior clubs, colleges, universities, and semi-professional teams who enjoy competition but do not intend to play at the international level. They might also be newcomers to the game who discover an interest in soccer in late adolescence or adult life.

  • The Soccer for Life (S4L) workshop is for coaches working with players at any age above 13 years old
  • Workshop duration: 14 hours, excluding breaks

Curriculum 

  • Information on Canada Soccer’s Long Term Player Development model
  • What is the game of Soccer?
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the players they are working with
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players
  • FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Technical/Tactical development
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session
  • How to manage coaching sessions using appropriate content and methodology
  • An online resource that coaches can use to plan their sessions
  • Advice coaches can use to work with players and parents in this stage
  • Coaches will receive a coach’s workbook and a Certificate of Achievement (coaches must print off)

Coaches registering & completing Community Workshops gain access to a season’s worth of online coaching resources delivered free via Alberta Soccer’s online Coach Management System.