Canada Soccer is hosting the FIFA Coach Educator Development Pathway Project this week in Montréal, Québec. The program trains coach developers who have been working through online asynchronous and synchronous training since August 2022. This third component which takes place this week features seven coach educator developers and 18 coach educators from across the country being mentored by two FIFA Coach Education experts in a live in-person setting.
“Canada Soccer is proud to have been selected to host the FIFA Coach Educator Development Pathway Project in Montréal,” said Dr. Nick Bontis, Canada Soccer President. “We welcome FIFA and thank them for this opportunity to bring forward this new coaching program to our nation, a program that will help improve Canadian player and coach development. This is a step forward for soccer in Canada and will bring about a new approach to helping grow this soccer nation.”
The five-day practical training includes both classroom and field sessions focused on helping coach educators understand various strategies to help coaches be more effective working with the players they coach.
The importance of coach education improves the soccer environment across the nation. It ensures that coaches can create healthy physical, psychological, and social-emotional learning environments for players in practice, games, travel to competitions, and other team spaces.
Canada Soccer is responsible for the development of curriculum and licence streams for coaches from grassroots to professional and National Team environments.
Registration for the 2023 Coach Education Program
The application window for the Advanced Coach Education Program is open until 30 November 2023. Candidates are required to hold a Canada Soccer C Diploma at minimum to be eligible for the Advanced Coach Education Program courses. The 2023 Coach Education Program is delivered through a combination of in person training (classroom and field), independent (asynchronous) and collaborative (synchronous) online learning, and mentor supported collaborative group learning.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.