The Children’s Diploma prepares the student coach to meet the demands of coaching children 5-12 years of age in a development environment.
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
East Group (Ontario): September 7, 2023, or West Group (BC or Alberta): September 14, 2023
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
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.
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
Coaches will receive a detailed course schedule upon successful admission into the Children’s Diploma.
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.
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 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.
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.