Coach and Manager Certification

COVID-19 Update

Due to the coronavirus situation, Ontario Soccer has moved all Community Coaching clinics (Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life) to a hybrid on-line/on-field platform for 2020. Coaching certification will comprise a combination of self-paced on-line modules delivered via Google Classroom and a day of practical on-field training that will be scheduled once Return to Play is announced. You can find the details in the Ontario Soccer Community Courses Information Bulletin.

You must still register on the Coach Centre website for the clinics listed below. Candidates must register, pay and be approved for the course in order to get access to the on-line course material that they can work on at their own pace. Please ignore the dates as listed on Coach Centre – dates are listed in order to give candidates sufficient time to register – online course material is available as of May 22.

Required Courses

All coaches (team head coaches and assistant coaches) must complete the Ontario Soccer designated coaching courses according to the age of their team. The following chart is based on Ontario Soccer Coach Certification Requirements (see Procedure 3.0).

U6 – U7 n/a FUNdamentals
U8 District Festivals FUNdamentals
U9 – U12 Grassroots Development Learn To Train
U13 – U14 District (e.g. DRSL) Soccer For Life
U13 – U14 CSL (head coach)
CSL (asst. coach)
Soccer For Life
U15 – U18 All Leagues Soccer For Life
Senior Teams OSL/OWSL Soccer For Life

* 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.

Team managers and assistant managers require RiS (Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders) certification.

Coaching Courses (clinics) for FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer For Life certification are offered by Ontario Soccer through various host clubs, usually between January and April each year. You can search for available courses and register on the Coach Centre website. If you are a new coach or are moving up to a new LTPD stage, then you must complete the appropriate courses.

Make Ethical Decisions (MED) is an additional NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) course that is required for all coaches. 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, including on-line courses.

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, or take the course on-line, 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 – 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 and managers should take the course soon before the price goes up.

Link to Ontario Soccer coaching site.

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