Ontario Soccer offers more than 200 courses and coach education opportunities each year. Please note that all participants are required to be the age of 16 on or before the course they attend as per the rules of NCCP.
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The Community Sport Stream has four courses based on Stages 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Long Term Player Development Model. The first three courses, Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learn to Train, deal with soccer training and the importance of physical literacy for players up to 12 years of age. The fourth course in this Stream is called Soccer for Life and focuses attention on working with players between the ages of 13 through to “masters soccer”; which includes a wide array of participants who play for fun and fitness; those who enjoy recreational soccer as well as those who prefer to play competitively but not at the high performance level.
The Licensing Stream is aimed at those who are more serious about their coaching development, and requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence in a practical coaching environment. Each coach is, therefore, formally evaluated and graded by Staff Evaluators at each stage of the process. This process begins with the B License Program, which involves a total of 60 hours of facilitated learning plus time allocated for formal assessments. It is aimed at coaches working with players in an environment where performance is a critical factor in successful coaching. The A License Program includes a total of 90 hours of facilitated learning, plus formal assessments, and caters to those wishing to make a career of coaching at the highest level.