Children’s Diploma

Children’s Licence Program


The Children’s Diploma prepares the student coach to meet the demands of coaching children 5-12 years of age in a development environment.

Target Coach:

The Children’s Diploma was designed for those coaches working actively within Children’s soccer, including full or part-time staff coaches. Priority acceptance will be given to those actively coaching in those environments.


Valid Canadian C Licence or approved International Equivalent, Completed Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train courses, Valid Criminal Record Check

Start Date:

East Group (Ontario): September 7, 2023, or West Group (BC or Alberta): September 14, 2023

Course Duration:

12 months

Learning Environment:

  • 2 x 3.5 days, in-person (classroom & field)
  • Independent Online Learning (asynchronous)
  • Collaborative Online Learning (synchronous)
  • Collaborative Group Learning (mentor supported)

Please note, the course is split into EAST and WEST groups. Coaches must attend both of the in-person sessions for their group.

East Group (Ontario): September 7-10, 2023 & May 2-5, 2024

West Group (BC or Alberta): September 14-17, 2023 & May 9-12, 2024

Course Content

  • Developing a Coaching Philosophy for the Children’s Soccer Environment
  • Transformational Leadership & Coaching
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing,
  • Physical, Cognitive and Social-Emotional development of children
  • Designing and managing a seasonal plan
  • Safe sport on and off the field
  • Designing and delivering various types of practices for children
  • Technical development in enjoyable learning environments
  • Using technology to facilitate learning
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Rules of Soccer

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Children’s Diploma, the coach will be able to demonstrate the competencies associated with coaching and managing children in a developmental environment, including designing, delivering and reflecting on all aspects of on and off-field activities.

Assessment Tools:

Coaches will be assessed throughout the course using the following tools:

1. Personal Development Plan

2. Reflection Journal

3. Practice Session Logbook,

4. Baseline Practical Coaching Video

5. Capping Project

Course Schedule:

Coaches will receive a detailed course schedule upon successful admission into the Children’s Diploma.

Licence Validity:

Upon successful completion of the Children’s Diploma, the coach will receive a coaching licence valid for three (3) years. The licence may be maintained by following the Canada Soccer Maintenance and Renewal Process.

Admission Process:

Applications will be accepted from October 3, 2022 to November 30, 2022. After that date, the applications will be reviewed, with the preferred candidates being offered a place on the course. Selected candidates will have thirty (30) days to accept their place on the course and pay the course fee in full. If a selected candidate rejects their place on the course, it will be offered to the next suitable candidate.

Course Fee: $3,000

Course Fees Include: Canada Soccer branded Nike equipment (not including boots and trainers); a 12 month subscription to Practices Session Planning software; in-person classroom and field rentals; tools used to deliver the in-person, online asynchronous, and online synchronous sessions; and coach developer support throughout the course.

Additional Fees:

Coaches will be required to cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals when attending the in-person sessions. Any costs associated with video recording of practical coaching sessions will be at the coach’s expense.