National Youth Club Licence overview

Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program – National Youth Club License

General Profile

The Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada and rewards them with the Canada Soccer Approved Youth Soccer Club endorsement and associated MLS Home Grown Player benefits. Organizations achieving this licence display characteristics and demonstrate behaviours aligned with the highest expectations of governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical, support their Member Association and Canada Soccer Pathways and participate in the highest level of competition in Canada; the Canada Soccer Player Development Program.  

Characteristics and Behaviours

Demonstrates the Characteristics and Behaviours from the Provincial/Territorial Youth Club Licence Level 1 and Level 2


  • Has optimal governance structures, processes and policies or is committed to their development.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continual improvements to its existing governance structures/processes;


  • Has advanced management and operational practices.
  • Has advanced operational planning documents that align to the Strategic and Technical Plans.
  • Has enhanced community engagement plans, capabilities, and practices. (RECOMMENDATION)
  • Has advanced financial practices, development plans, and resources.


  • Has access to a physical space as a headquarters for operations.
  • Has access to advanced facilities to allow for the delivery of optimal developmental programming.
  • Has a facility strategy aligned to Strategic, Operational, and Technical Plans.


  • Has a Technical Plan that aligns to the Long-Term Player Development Model.
  • Has a Game Model that is aligned to the playing philosophy.
  • Has Player Management Pathway and associated support mechanisms.
  • Supports a holistic approach to player development that takes in to account Physical, Mental, Technical/Tactical, and Social/Emotional development.
  • Operates optimal, standards-based, programming.
  • Participates in the highest level of competition available.
  • Has a Technical Lead with advanced certification (refer to Category Requirements for specifics).
  • Has access to Learning Facilitator(s) to deliver Coach Licensing Workshops as guided by Canada Soccer and/or governing organization(s).
  • Has a Sport Science and Medicine Plan aligned to the Technical Plan.
  • Provides access to appropriate sport science and medicine expertise and support.
  • Has access to appropriate technology to support player and coach development. 

Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence Support Manual

Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence Standards

Guidelines for the Return to Soccer

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.