Player Development

Long Term Player Development - coaching resources

Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)is a CSA soccer-specific adaptation of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) developed by Canadian Sport Centres.

LTPD is designed to:
1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long-term excellence.

Please see the BC Soccer LTPD page and the Canada Soccer LTPD page for more information.

Canada Soccer has released downloadable Coaching Toolkits in support of Long Term Player Development, focusing on Stage 1 (Active Start), Stage 2 (FUNdamentals) and Stage 3 (Learn to Train)– just click the links!

BC Soccer Coaching Courses and Workshops

BC Soccer runs a selection of courses for coaches of children and youth- the current course selection is available on their site.

Beginning in 2014, all head coaches of teams entered in Provincial A-Cup or B-Cup competition must have Soccer for Life or higher certification.

Beginning in 2016, BC Soccer will expand mandatory coaching certification requirements.  All head coaches of youth teams must have current age-appropriate coaching certification.  In the Upper Island, coach training is organized by the member clubs.  Please contact your home club for information on local coach certification opportunities.

For more detailed information on coaching certification for each step of Long Term Player Development and courses currently available province-wide, click here to visit the BC Soccer website

Concussion Information and Assessment

Please follow Canada Soccer’s Concussion Guide for managing all suspected and confirmed cases of concussion

BC Soccer’s concussion management resources can be found on the Soccer Science page of BC Soccer’s website.

They include information on concussion found in:

BC Soccer’s document, Players Health, Head Injuries & Concussions 

CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool) website –

Coaching Association of Canada’s Making Headway Concussion eLearning Series

There are also assessment tools, including:

SCAT3 – Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 3

SCAT3 – Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Child