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As the governing body for soccer in Canada the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge the Association has developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model.


Foothills Soccer club provide FREE coach education  training for all coaches u4-u18 in the community stream. All courses will be hosted at the Foothills training centre. 


Why’ Long Term Player Development (LTPD) for our Grassroots players



  • Eliminates gaps in the player development system.
  • Guides planning for optimal athlete performance at all stages.
  • Provides a framework for program alignment and integration, from volunteer club coaches to national and professional teams.
  • Follows scientific principles and practical coaching experiences.


Benefits for players & parents:

  • Better understanding of what makes a good soccer program.
  • More players learning at their level and having fun.
  • Appropriate game and league structures (e.g. size of balls, goals, field etc.).
  • More opportunity for players to realize their athletic potential.
  • More coaches who are knowledgeable in leading safe, effective practices.

 Benefits for coaches & clubs:

• Information and education on effective coaching and practice methods.

• Guidelines for appropriate game structures.

• Guidelines on appropriate competition levels.

• Established pathways for player development for all levels of ability and ambition.

• Affirmation of best practices for coaches and club administrators.

 Benefits for all:

• Competitive behaviour is fostered in players, while over-competitive behaviour is discouraged in adults (e.g. coaches and parents).

• Players, parents, coaches, and administrators understand that players are unique and therefore different in interest and aptitude.

• Players stay involved in the sport throughout their lives (as players, coaches, referees or club administrators).

• Soccer grows, and lifelong wellness is promoted for players of all ages, genders, and levels of ability and disability. 


    Phase 1 - The Community Coach Stream

    The Community Sport Stream has four courses based on Stages 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Long Term Player Development Model. The first three courses, Active StartFUNdamentals and Learn to Train, deal with soccer training and the importance of physical literacy for players up to 12 years of age. The fourth course in this Stream is called Soccer for Life and focuses attention on working with players between the ages of 13 through to “masters soccer”; which includes a wide array of participants who play for fun and fitness; those who enjoy recreational soccer as well as those who prefer to play competitively but not at the high performance level.

    Coaches wishing to gain training through the Community Sport Stream would do so in the following manner:

    • Active Start Course: Completion of a training course totaling 3 hours (Active Start Stage of Development – players U-4/U-6). No pre-requisites required.

    • FUNdamentals Course: Completion of the training course totaling 7 hours, plus take NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Module (Fundamentals Stage of Development – Boys U-6/U-9 and Girls U-6/U-8). No pre-requisites required.

    • Active Start/FUNdamentals Course: Completion of this combined course totaling 10 hours, plus take NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Module (Active Start Stage of Development – players U-4/U-6 and Fundamentals Stage of Development – Boys U-6/U-9 and Girls U-6/U-8). No pre-requisites required.

    • Learn to Train Course: Completion of the training course totaling 14 hours plus take NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Module (Learning to Train Stage of Development – Boys U-9/U-12 and Girls U-8/U-11). No pre-requisites required.

    • Soccer for Life Course: Completion of a training course totaling 14 hours, plus take NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Module (Soccer for Life Stage of Development – Boys U-13 and Girls U-12 and older). No pre-requisites required.

      Note: coaches do not undergo an official evaluation process in the Community Sport Stream, therefore they are not designated on their NCCP transcript as a Certified Coach. These courses provide training only in developmental stage specific areas of coaching. With this in mind coaches taking part in these courses will receive the status of Trained Coach(or will be considered In Training if they have still to complete a module of the particular course they have taken).

 CMSA U14+

  • Tier 1 National B
  • Tier 2 Provincial B
  • Tier 3 C Licence
  • Tier 4-6 Soccer for Life