Canada Soccer completes third A Licence course of 2018
Posted on 17 December 2018 in Coaching
A Licence candidate coaches from across the country completed the second part of their A Licence course this past weekend. Candidates on the course completed the first part in December 2017. The third A Licence course of the year, which included a French language course for the first time, rounded out an expanded suite of offerings from Canada Soccer’s coach education department.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s EXCEL Programs were represented on the course in Vancouver, BC, as well as staff from Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team.
“To have John Herdman and Tony Waiters, Kenneth Heiner-Moller, Joey Lombardi, all speaking about their experiences and offering wisdom and expertise to the coach candidates is a vital component of our coach education system,” said Director of Development Jason de Vos who was also in attendance along with his staff. “This was an important year for coach education in Canada and 2019 promises to bring even more changes designed to ensure that the young players in this country have access to coaches who are committed to learning, and are receiving that education from those who are coaching at the top ranks of the game.”
Canada Soccer’s coach education department also saw a number of firsts in 2018, including a pilot of the new Canada Soccer Children’s Licence aimed at coaches who are working with children under the age of 12. As well, the courses featured an increased focus on blended learning and remote video evaluation to remove practical evaluations from the on-field component of courses.
“Best practices in online learning using up-to-date methods of delivery and evaluation are vital to ensuring that coaches who attend Canada Soccer courses have the opportunity to receive information and submit the required evaluations outside of the curriculum delivery phase of the course,” said de Vos. “Moving forward we’re excited to continue the evolution, not only of our delivery methods of coach education materials, but also expanded course offerings to ensure that coaches working with a range of ages and stages of players have the tailored education they require to succeed.”
Starting in 2019, Canada Soccer will run an expanded Children’s Licence, as well as a pilot of a Youth Licence geared toward coaches working with players aged 13-18, as well as the suite of C Licence, B Licence, and A Licence courses. The schedule for the 2019 coach education season will be announced in early 2019.