All coaches (team head coaches and assistant coaches) must complete the OSA designated coaching courses according to the age of their team. Under OSA guidelines, the coach certification requirements for female and male teams are now the same. The following chart is based on the Ontario Soccer Mandatory Coaching Certification Requirements for 2017.
|AGE GROUP||LTPD STAGE||COURSES REQUIRED*|
|U6 – U8||FUNdamentals||FUNdamentals plus*|
|U9 – U12||Learn To Train||Learn To Train plus*|
|U13 – U18||Soccer For Life||Soccer For Life plus*|
|Senior Teams||Soccer For Life||Soccer For Life plus*|
* In addition to their basic coaching certification, all coaches require MED (Make Ethical Decisions), RiS (Respect In Sport for Activity Leaders) and Making Head Way certification. See below for details of how to obtain these qualifications.
Coaching Courses (clinics) for FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer For Life certification are offered by the OSA through various host clubs, usually between January and April each year. You can search for available courses and register at the OSA Coach Centre website. If you are a new coach or are moving up to a new LTPD stage, then you will want to sign up for the appropriate courses.
PCSA is hosting a 2-day Soccer For Life course (U13+) on April 1/2 and a 2-day Learn to Train course (U9-U12) on April 8/9, 2017 at SPSS. Kawartha Lakes Soccer Club (Lindsay) is hosting a 1-day FUNdamentals course (U6-U8) on April 8 at LCVI. Check the OSA Coach Centre website to register and get all the details.
Make Ethical Decisions (MED) is an additional NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) course that is required for all coaches who take LTPD Coaching Courses. Courses can be taken in any sequence. By successfully completing the MED workshop you will be fully equipped to handle virtually any ethical situation with confidence and surety. Click here for a list of upcoming MED courses.
Cavan FC is hosting an MED Workshop in Millbrook on Saturday April 29. For more details and registration please follow this link – MED Registration.
You will have to provide your NCCP registration number when you sign up for an MED course. Click on the link below to retrieve your existing number, or to create a new NCCP#.
Link: Getting your NCCP#
Please note: Space in all these courses is limited. If the courses at your preferred location are filled up before you register, then you will have to travel further to get certified.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders (RiS) is a 3-hour e-learning course taken on-line. It is designed as a tool to assist participants in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. While, RiS is mandatory for all coaches and managers, certification is portable between different sports, such that if you coach soccer, hockey and basketball you only have to take the course one time. Certification is valid for 5 years. Click here for details- Respect in Sport. Please pay particular attention to the Registration Instructions.
Making Head Way – Beginning in 2017, all coaches are required to complete the Making Head Way e-learning module. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your players when they suffer a possible concussion. This on-line course is currently offered for FREE on the NCCP – Coach Canada website. Coaches should take the course soon before the price goes up.