The C Licence is the entry level course in the Canada Soccer licensing stream. It is the first step for coaches who are more serious about their coaching development and wish to continue their coaching education at a higher level. Workshop requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence in a practical coaching environment. Each coach is formally evaluated and graded by Staff Evaluators.
To be accepted into the C Licence, you must be 16 years or older, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and have completed and passed the following online evaluations:
Preference will be given to individuals actively coaching at the Learn to Train, Train to Train, or Train to Compete stages.
$450 +GST (course fee only), which includes:
- 32 hours of training
- Course materials
- Facilities, and more.
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 Alberta Soccer’s Refund Policy, which includes a minimum 10% admin fee.
Hosting a C License Workshop
If you are a district or club wishing to host a C License Workshop please apply by filling out our online request form.
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:
- Practice Session (15 minutes Analytical and 10 minutes Final SSG) – completed via video submission
- Laws of the Game Exam
- Coaching Theory Exam
- 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).
$200 + GST (evaluation fee only)
- 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 www.coach.ca
- 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 debrief 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 debrief with the candidate. Again, this can be done via video phone or phone call. During the debrief 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.
$150 + GST
- Practical Exam: $75 +GST
- Laws of the Game: $25 +GST
- Coaching Theory Exam: $25 +GST
- Plan a Session Exam: $25 +GST
This is a non-residential program with travel and accommodation being the responsibility of the candidate.
Candidates receive their results electronically.
The C Licence workshop is the entry level course for the Licensing Stream pathway and prepares the coach to progress to the Development Stream (Children), Development Stream (Youth) or Performance Stream (Senior). The C Licence involves the facilitation of learning opportunities for the coach to develop an understanding of the coaching process.
The C Licence content involves theoretical and practical components focusing on holistic, effective coaching. The workshop covers content including:
- Vision, Mission, Values;
- Understanding the Person, the Practice & the Play;
- Mental Health and wellbeing in coaching;
- Safe Sport;
- The Coaching Process;
- Designing and delivering a training session;
- Introduction to the Principles of Play;
- Developing the individual player;
- Introduction to presentation skills;
- Introduction to the use of technology in coaching.
Candidates will apply the knowledge gained on the course in their club or academy environments prior to delivering a practical session at their club for review. Practical sessions will be submitted via video for review, which will allow coaches to work with their own players in their club environments. Ongoing engagement in the online, in-class and on-field experience is required.
2020 Course Dates & Locations
April 18/19 & 25/26 – Calgary. NOTE: Workshop Cancelled
May 2/3 & 16/17 – Female C Workshop – Red Deer. NOTE: Workshop Cancelled
May 30/31 & June 6/7 – St.Albert. NOTE: Workshop Cancelled
June 13/14 & 20/21 – Lethbridge. NOTE: Workshop Cancelled
August 15/16 & 22/23 – Grande Prairie. NOTE: Workshop Cancelled
Please note that all evaluations have been suspended at this time.
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.
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 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.