COACHING


BETTER COACHES
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BETTER PLAYERS
At MSB United, we fundamentally believe that to have better coaches, we need to provide better coaching support and education opportunities.

The MSB Academy team will provide support to all of our coaches by standardizing our coaching philosophy and creating a curriculum for all coaches to cover throughout the season. Weekly training plans will be provided to each coach that will compliment our Academy sessions for that week and ongoing coach mentoring will be available throughout the season.

Thinking of becoming a coach?
We would love it! Please fill out an application form.
COACHING APPLICATION FORM
Coaches must be 15 years of age or older.

Any coach under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times (the guardian’s information must be listed on the application form).

A coach's child will automatically be placed on their team. No formal soccer or coaching experience is necessary to volunteer in MSB Juniors Program (U4 to U8).

Volunteers must be:
  • Committed
  • Passionate
  • Strong communicators
  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly/welcoming
COACH / MANAGER REQUIREMENTS FOR U9-U19
  • CMSA Photo ID Card: These can be obtained through CMSA and are valid for 3 years. The cost for the card is $10 cash (renewals are free / replacements are $10). You must be a registered coach with MSB United and are required to know your CMSA ID Number. Card photos are scheduled by appointment with CMSA directly.
  • A valid police clearance: (Information about the police clearance can be found at the following link: CMSA POLICE CLEARANCE)
  • Must complete the RESPECT IN SPORT online learning module.
  • All MSB United and CMSA coaches must follow a Coaches Code of Conduct: CMSA COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
  • Review the CMSA RULES & REGULATIONS
>> CMSA ID# LOOKUP
>> CMSA PHOTO ID CARDS
COACH EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Canada Soccer's Education Pathway starts at the Community Stream Workshops and progresses to the general C Licence, then specific Licenses. More information about this program can be found on Alberta Soccer's website

SOCCER CANADA COMMUNITY STREAM WORKSHOPS
Age-appropriate training must be based on the needs, interests, and unique characteristics of each age group. Soccer Canada provides Community Workshops for specific age groups that include training tips and suggested exercises for your players to do during practice.
ACTIVE START
U4 TO U6
Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get them moving and to keep them active. Kids who have fun playing a sport are more likely to stay active and healthy for their entire lifetime. They also have a better chance of becoming a top athlete. So make it fun, and make it quality!
FUNDAMENTALS
U6 TO U9
At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun”.
LEARN TO TRAIN
U10 TO U12
The role model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams. They want to learn imaginative skills so skill demonstration is very important – remember: players learn best by “seeing and doing.” Players move from self-centered to self-critical with a high stimulation level during basic skills training.

This is also a window to teach basic principles of play and establish training ethics and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential to stimulate learning.
SOCCER FOR LIFE
U13 TO U19
At any stage in the Long Term Player Development framework, regardless of ability, players may decide to play recreational soccer simply to enjoy the game and maintain lifelong wellness. They may be youth players who decide not to pursue high performance, or they may be top players from senior clubs, colleges, universities, and semi-professional teams who enjoy competition but do not intend to play at the international level. They might also be newcomers to the game who discover an interest in soccer in late adolescence or adult life.

C LICENCE COACHING CERTIFICATE
If you are interested in taking your C Licence while you are coaching with MSB United, please contact our Director of Coaching using the form below to see if there are any C Licence workshops are available.

MSB United will reimburse the fees for a successfully completed coaching program! If you are a coaching with us, we highly recommend starting with these Soccer Canada programs.

Visit the ALBERTA SOCCER WEBSITE to sign up for the online theory part of the course. Please touch base with our Director of Coaching to start the reimbursement process.

CONTACT OUR DIRECTOR OF COACHING