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Active Start (U5-U6)


Active Start is an NCCP-approved Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Workshop.

Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the Grassroots Coach Education workshops are now available online.

To ensure that the Grassroots Coach Education workshops are more accessible and to allow greater flexibility on when these courses can be delivered, the coaches will be able to work at their own pace to complete the course material.

In addition to the online theory component of the course, there will also be an in-person, on-field practical session to conclude the workshop, which each Club or Academy will host. The duration of this session will be 3 hours.

What do you learn?

  • Develop a basic understanding of Physical Literacy.
  • How to run a practice session that is fun, safe and keeps children actively engaged.
  • How to communicate to this specific age group.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for the first time coach. The focus is on teaching basic skills and basic physical literacy.

What requirements do I need to complete to become "Active Start Trained"?

Coaches must complete:

How to register?

Online Theory Component

To access the online theory component of the course, coaches can:

Once the key has been acquired, it can be redeemed at the Canada Soccer Academy webpage. Coaches will then have to complete the Coaching Soccer in Canada module, prior to being able to access the Active Start-specific online content.

On-field Practical Component

To register for the in-person, on-field component of the course, coaches can:

Coaches must have completed the online theory component of the course in order to have their registration approved for the in-person, on-field component of the course.

What is the cost?

  • The cost of the key to access the online theory component is $20.
  • The cost of the on-field practical session is set by the session host.

Quick Resource:
Ontario Soccer has created a series of brochures in the form of mini-pamphlets that walk coaches through four of the key physical literacy stages of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD). Each of these resources provide very basic but helpful information through Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life for volunteer coaches. Please click here for these resources.