Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program: Overview
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is designed to guide member organizations throughout the country toward the best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. Member organizations play an essential role in the development of players, coaches, and officials and provide both the daily playing environment and primary contact for participants. By raising the standards of member organizations, both the daily playing environment and participant experience are enhanced; thereby improving the overall soccer system in Canada.
For more information on The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, visit the following link: https://www.canadasoccer.com/play-landing/club-licensing-program/
The primary goals of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program are to:
Standards for Quality Soccer (SQS)
The Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer are designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered as a Quality Soccer Provider (QSP), member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.
Characteristics and Behaviours
- Is located in Canada.
- Is a Member in Good Standing with its governing organization(s).
- Is compliant with the by-laws, policies, and directives of its governing organization(s).
- Has basic governance structures.
- Adheres to Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics.
- Registers all participants with its governing organization(s).
- Has basic management and operational structures.
- Distributes information from Canada Soccer and its governing organization(s) to its participants.
- Has access to appropriate facilities and equipment to provide its programming.
- Provides a safe, accessible, and inclusive soccer experience.
- Provides an enjoyable soccer experience focused on long term participation.
- Operates programming that is aligned to Long Term Player Development stage-appropriate best principles.
If you are a youth soccer organization looking to apply for SQS, please review the following documents:
Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer 37 Requirements
Alberta Soccer Association SQS Application Guide (Coming Soon)
Once the above documents have been reviewed, please complete a Declaration of Interest Form and email to Alexandra Valerio, Alberta Soccer Technical Development Coordinator.
Declaration of Interest Form 2022-23
Upon receipt of the above form, applicants will be provided access to the Canada Soccer Club Licensing System. This online platform will house all information and documentation related to your organization’s application. Below are important resources which will assist in completing applications.
Documents and Templates
Canada Soccer Coach Education Minimum Standards
Coach and Team Personnel List Template
Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics
Canada Soccer Rule of Two Guidelines
Canada Soccer Guide to Accessibility and Inclusion
Canada Soccer Skill Centre and Dedicated Player Program Manual
All Alberta Soccer members MUST be licensed at the SQS level (minimum) by May 2023.
For any questions, please reach out to Alexandra Valerio, Alberta Soccer Technical Development Coordinator.