National Youth Club Licence awarded to Alberta’s EIYSA FC, QSP to clubs in NS, NB, MB
Canada Soccer announced six clubs as part of its June 2021 cohort of its National Youth Club Licensing Program. Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association Football Club (EIYSA FC) earned the sole National Youth Club Licence for Q2 2021. Nova Scotia’s Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club, New Brunswick’s Codiac Soccer Inc., and Manitoba’s Phantom Lake Soccer Club, Swan Valley Youth Soccer, and Lorette Soccer Club each earned the Quality Soccer Provider designation.
“We are pleased to announce that these clubs have committed to the standards of the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licensing Program and have been able to accomplish the requirements of the categories that they have achieved in spite of the challenges of a global pandemic,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “The Club Licensing Program exists to raise the level of soccer in this country and ensure a safe, welcoming, and developmentally-appropriate soccer environment for all participants in support of the Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster.”
The National Youth Club Licence is the highest designation in the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licensing Program and fulfills the requirements of EIYSA to compete in the Alberta Youth Soccer League, the top standards-based competition for youth participants in Alberta beginning in 2022.
The Quality Soccer Provider, which Canada Soccer has made a requirement of membership starting in 2023, ensures that member organization clubs meet the standards required to fulfill the requirements of Canada Soccer’s Safe Sport Roster which was unanimously adopted at the 2019 Canada Soccer Annual Meeting of the Members. With the addition of the five QSP clubs in Q2, the Quality Soccer Provider designation has now been achieved by more than 50 member organization clubs across the country.
Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence
Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association Football Club (EIYSA FC)
Quality Soccer Provider
Lorette Soccer Club*
Phantom Lake Soccer Club*
Swan Valley Youth Soccer*
Codiac Soccer Inc.
Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club
*denotes provisional acceptance
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.