Provincial C Licence

The C Licence is the entry level course in the Canada Soccer licensing Stream. It is for coaches who wish to continue their coaching education at a higher level, are 16 years of age or older, and serious about coaching. Preference will be given to individuals actively coaching at the Learn to Train, Train to Train, or Train to Compete stages.

This program is divided into 2 parts with different fees for each part:

  1. Course (32 hours)
  2. Evaluation (3 hours) – As of July 1, 2019 this is completed via Video submission

To be accepted into the C Licence, you must have completed and passed the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation. Additionally, coaches are expected to have completed the Making Headway online workshop for Soccer.

For more information on these program components, use the tabs below.

C License Workshop for Female Coaches

This fall, Alberta Soccer will host its first all-female C License over two weekends in October.  Female coaches interested in pursuing a higher level of coach education – this workshop is for you! Led by our Manager of Coach Education and supported by our 2018/19 Women In Coaching participants, this will be a unique opportunity to take the first of the Canada Soccer Licensing workshops.

Dates: October 19/20 and October 26/27 in Calgary

To register click HERE

provincial-c-license$425 (+GST) Course Fee

Course fees include 32 hours of training, course materials, facilities, and more. Additional fees may apply for Special Events or Mentoring (optional). Approved applications are confirmed via email with an agenda, course requirements and pre-course work details. This is a non-residential program with travel and accommodation being the responsibility of the candidate.

Applicants will be selected by the Manager of Coach Education. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a full refund and will be eligible to re-apply for the next course.  All other application withdrawals will be processed as per ASA’s Refund Policy which includes a minimum 10% admin fee.

Course Curriculum


Long-Term Athlete Development
The Structure of the Game
The Role of the Coach
The Intelligent Player
Attacking and Defending Skills
The Session Plan
Set Plays


Game Observation
Observation and Intervention
Key Factor Coaching
Global-Analytical-Global Practice
Attacking and Defending Skills
Principles of the Warm Up
Model Coaching Sessions
Practical Coaching Sessions

$200 + GST Evaluation Fee

Coaches who successfully complete the training requirements are eligible to progress to the evaluation process if they choose. Coaches who complete all training requirements and pass the evaluation achieve certification.

Evaluation is based upon:

  1. Practice Session (15 minutes Analytical and 10 minutes Final SSG). As of July 1, 2019 this is completed via Video submission.
  2. Laws of the Game Exam
  3. Coaching Theory Exam
  4. Plan a Session Exam

Candidates receive their results electronically. Unsuccessful candidates may apply for re-evaluation twice and full evaluation fees will apply on their second re-evaluation (if necessary).

New Video Evaluation Information & Process

  • The candidate applies by registering for an Alberta Soccer Coach Evaluation Phase in the Locker through the Coaches Association of Canada website.   Note coaches will require an NCCP number in order to register.  If you do not have an NCCP number, you will need to create one first by going to 
  • Each evaluation Phase is 3 months long and the candidate must be able to submit a session plan, carry out a pre-brief with an evaluator, record their session, sync the audio and video, submit the session and schedule a de-brief within this time frame.  If the candidate is not confident they can carry this out within the 3 month period, they are asked to register for a later block that will allow them to complete in this time frame. 
  • Candidates pay online for the evaluation fee via the Locker. The evaluation fee is $200 + GST ($210.00) 
  • On the first day of the evaluation block, the candidate will receive an email from the Alberta Soccer Manager of Coach Education introducing them to their Alberta Soccer Coach Evaluator.  This email also details the evaluation outline as well as the video submission guidelines/process. 
  • The candidate must send their session plan and (EAP) directly to their coach evaluator by email as well as upload to the online platform. 
  • Once the evaluator has received the session plan, the evaluator will contact the candidate and arrange a ‘pre-brief’ with the candidate.  The pre-brief will be carried out either via a video call or phone call at an agreed time between the candidate and evaluator.  It is highly recommended that candidates take the opportunity to have a pre-brief to go over their session and take feedback and make any adjustments.  Once the pre-brief has taken place, the candidate will be given the go-ahead to record their session. 
  • Once the candidates have recorded their session and checked it for audio and video quality, the candidate will email their video and attached forms directly to their assigned coach developer.  The candidate must also upload their video to the Alberta Soccer coach education platform. 
  • On receiving the email, the evaluator will acknowledge receipt of the information forms, and will schedule a de-brief with the candidate.  Again, this can be done via video phone or phone call.  During the de-brief the candidate will learn of their next steps and discuss their action plan. 
  • The evaluator will email the completed observation of competency forms and action plan to the candidate and Alberta Soccer. 
  • If successful, Alberta Soccer will do all the necessary checks and the update the CAC Locker (C License only) and Canada Soccer.  The candidate will then receive their Certificate. 

Re-Testing C Licence Components

After initial evaluation, coaches who require it may re-test twice. Candidates re-test only individual evaluation components they did not pass. If after two re-testing attempts a passing score has not been achieved, candidates must re-enter the program and repeat the C Licence course before attempting the evaluation process again. Full program fees will apply on the second set of re-tests should they be necessary.

Re-Testing Fee Structure

  1. Practical Exam: $75 +GST
  2. Laws of the Game: $25 +GST
  3. Coaching Theory Exam: $25 +GST
  4. Plan a Session Exam: $25 +GST

Total = $150 + GST

Candidates receive their results electronically. This is a non-residential program with travel and accommodation being the responsibility of the candidate.

2019 Course Dates/Registration

April 27-28 & May 11-12 (St.Albert)
NOTE: this is a four (4) day course being delivered over 2 weekends, coaches must attend both weekends

To register click on this link:

May 22, 29 June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 3, 10 (Lethbridge)
NOTE: this is a four (4) day course being delivered over 8 weeknights, coaches must attend all evenings

To register click on this link:

May 25 – 26 & June 15-16 (Calgary)
NOTE: this is a four (4) day course being delivered over 2 weekends, coaches must attend both weekends

To register click on this link:

2019 Evaluation Dates/Registration:

Phase 4 August 1st – October 31st (registration closes October 15, 2019) – Click HERE to register

2020 Evaluation Dates/Registration:

Phase 1 November 1st – January 31st (registration closes January 15, 2020) – Click HERE to register

For Evaluation Inquiries please email the Manager of Coach Education

What do I need to Submit for the Evaluation Process? 

The candidate will submit the following to their assigned Coach Evaluator via email, and upload to the Alberta Soccer coach education platform. 

  • Upload the video to the Alberta Soccer platform
  • Completed ‘Video Evaluation Form’ 
  • Completed Session Plan 
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the facility and players that appear in the video 
  • Video declaration form, from a witness at the session (Technical Director) 

What are the Essential Filming Procedures?

Can we see it clearly? 

  • The videographer must use a tripod to record the session, shaky videos will not be able to be reviewed. It’s important we can see this clearly to give you the best possible feedback. 
  • There should be only the coach candidate and the demo players on the soccer field when producing a video for review 
  • If the session can be filmed from an elevated position, this is desired, but not essential, for the C License submissions. 
  • The camera focus must be on the coach and players during any conversation and zoomed out to see the majority of the players.  Please ensure that the evaluator sees the coach and the group of players involved in the intervention. 
  • If the zoom feature is used, generally it should be used when the coach makes an intervention in order to see more clearly the demonstration and rehearsal of the correction made.  It is important that the group of players involved in the particular passage of play be seen on the screen as well as the coach, and that they are not lost from view by zooming in too much. 
  • Please do not zoom in only on the coach, we will not be able to see the players and their positions on the field if this is the case.  If in doubt, have as many players on the field in view as possible. 
  • The camera should use a wide angle shot to capture the players as they perform the game/game-like activity as well as on the coach.  Ideally, viewing both team’s backlines. 
  • There should be no other players or coaches working on the soccer field other than those players and the coach involved in the review session. 
  • The end result needs to provide the coach developer with a clear and cohesive view of the session given. 

 Can we hear clearly? 

  • The voice of the coach must be audible at all times.  This means that a portable microphone must be used.  Portable microphones are easy to access via smart phone apps and headphones that have a microphone. 
  • The video must a have quality sound; videos that are difficult to hear will not be evaluated. Background noise should be minimal. 
  • In cases where the coach cannot be clearly heard or understood, the video will be returned and will need to be re-filmed. 

Session Duration: How long should the session be? 

  • Each video must be no longer than 25 minutes in length for C License evaluations. 

Field Size? 

  • Field size should be 50 yards x 44 yards for C License evaluations. 

 What players can I use for the session? 

  • Canada Soccer requires the use of demonstration players to be at the level described for the context. The teaching topics in this context require that the players be proficient enough to play competently for the topics. 
  • C Licenses are players aged 11-13. It is the responsibility of the candidate to set up the demonstration players for their video and receive required consent. The demonstration players must be registered with Alberta Soccer. 

Where can I film it? 

  • Sessions should be recorded in a soccer facility on either grass or artificial turf that has been check for safety and suitable to play on.  The session must take place in Alberta, Canada. 
  • Any requests to film outside Alberta must be sent to the Manager of Coach Development.