Canada Soccer A Diploma

(updated Nov 1, 2022)

From Canada Soccer:


The A Diploma continues to develop and refine the student coach’s capacity to meet the demands of coaching senior players in a performance environment.

Start Date:


Course Duration:

12 months

Learning Environment:

  • 2 x 4.5 days
  • in-person (Classroom & Field)
  • Independent Online Learning (asynchronous)
  • Collaborative Online Learning (synchronous)
  • Collaborative Group Learning (mentor supported)
  • Coaches must attend the in-person sessions: June 28-July 2, 2023 (Ontario) & January 17 – 21, 2024 (BC)

Course Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the A Diploma, the coach will be able to demonstrate the competencies associated with coaching and managing senior players in the performance environment, including designing, delivering and reflecting on all aspects of on and off field activities.

Target Candidate:
Those coaches working actively with players aged 18+ in a University, College or Professional Club environment.

Admission Criteria:
Successful candidates are required to have the following certifications:

  • Valid Canadian B Licence or approved International Equivalent
  • Currently coach a senior team
  • Valid Criminal Record Check

Course Fee:

Cost includes:
Access to online learning management system; Canada Soccer branded Nike kit (not including boots and trainers); a 12-month subscription to Practices Session Planning software; in-person classroom and field rentals; tools used to deliver the in-person, online asynchronous, and online synchronous sessions; and coach developer support throughout the course.

Additional Fees:

Coaches will be required to cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals when attending the in-person sessions.  Any costs associated with video recording of practical coaching sessions will be at the coach’s expense.

To apply:
Complete the Canada Soccer Coach Education Application

For more information on the A Diploma click here