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C Diploma

Canada Soccer C Diploma

Overview: The C Diploma develops the coach’s capacity to meet the demands of coaching grassroots soccer and is the entry-course to the Advanced Coach Education Pathway.

Target Coach: The C Diploma is a requirement for OPDL and League1 Ontario Assistant Coaches but is open to all coaches looking to advance their careers and understanding of the game.

Course Duration: 75 hours

Learning Environment:

  • 6 days, in-person (classroom & on-field)
  • Independent Online Learning (asynchronous)
  • Collaborative Online Learning (synchronous)
  • Assessment of Competency


Course Fee: $1,650

Licence Validity: Upon successful completion of the C Diploma the coach will receive a coaching licence valid for three (3) years. The licence may be maintained by following the Canada Soccer Maintenance and Renewal Process.

2024 Course Dates

Dates & Location – Course #1 – Blended Delivery

Collaborative Online Learning:

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:0 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In-person Classroom and Field (Zanchin Automotive Soccer Centre):

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 – 9: a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please note: 100% attendance and engagement is required for the duration of the course. Coaches must be in a workspace that allows them to actively participate in the course online with their cameras on.

Application and Registration

Application window is open until March 31st, 2024. Coaches must provide proof of pre-requisites. Successful candidates will be notified the first week of April and will need to confirm their placement through payment by April 7, 2024.

To submit an application to be approved to register for the Canada Soccer C Diploma please use the following Jotform.

Coach Enhancement Bursary

Coach Enhancement Bursary
Coach Enhancement Bursary is funded from the net revenues generated by the Coach Enhancement Bursary lottery. Coach Enhancement Bursary provides education-based subsidies for competitive to high-performance coaches, including those at the high school, academy, college and university levels.

The Coach Enhancement Bursary initiative is also instrumental in delivering financial assistance to Provincial Sport Organizations for coach-related costs. The Coach Enhancement Bursary programs aims to ensure that Ontario's development and high-performance athletes receive the best coaching possible, by providing a series of enhancement programs and resources for coaches and PSOs. 

Who is Eligible?

If you have completed a C Licence Workshop and would like to apply for the Coach Enhancement Bursary, please click HERE for a link to the Coaches Ontario website.

Changes to the Coaching Education Pathway in Ontario

Ontario Soccer supports the Canada Soccer Advanced Coach Education Program through the provincial delivery of the Canada Soccer C Diploma (formerly known as the National C Licence). Effective in 2024, the Canada Soccer C Diploma (to be renamed the Concacaf C Diploma in the future) has undergone significant development to align with the Concacaf Coaching Convention; most notably the expansion of content and contact hours (previously 32 hours to over 70 hours).

This new C Diploma course is significant in scope and the commitment demanded of coaches - so Ontario Soccer, with the support of Canada Soccer – have developed a new course to offer further education and address the needs of an entry-level coach.

Despite initially being branded as the “D Diploma”, this course will be piloted and launched as the Ontario Soccer Grassroots Diploma through 2024. A comparative chart is included below to assist with understanding these changes.


Canada Soccer National C Licence

(Pre-2024 - no longer offered)

Ontario Soccer Grassroots Diploma

(NEW 2024)

Canada Soccer C Diploma

(NEW 2024)

Cost $850 $800 $1650
Hours 32 hours 35 hours 75 hours
Learning Environment

1 day, in-person (on-field)

8x 2-hour online sessions

Observation of Competency

2 day, in-person (on-field)

8x 1.5-hour online sessions

Assessment of Understanding

6 days, in-person (classroom & on-field)

3x 2-hour online sessions

Assessment of Competency

Minimum Certification Requirement to Access Competitions

OPDL Assistant Coach

L1O 'B' & U20 Team Assistant Coach

IModel Pilot Project Head Coach

U13 OPDL Assistant Coach

IModel Pilot Project Head Coach

Ontario Cup Head Coach

U13 OPDL Head Coach

U14-17 OPDL Assistant Coach

L1O 'B' & U20 Team Assistant Coach

Pre-requisite Learn to Train or Soccer for Life (Trained) Learn to Train or Soccer for Life (Trained) Learn to Train or Soccer for Life (Trained) or Ontario Soccer Grassroots Diploma (Certified)

*The Safe Sport Roster, in full, is a requirement across all levels (except for Recreational soccer) in Ontario 

The changes relative to access to competitions are recommended for 2024 and will be fully mandated as minimum certification requirements for 2025.

Please note: Coaches who hold a valid National ‘C’ Licence trained or certified status will continue to be recognized until such a time as an upgrade or transition process is announced by Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer. Coaches can also be provided an opportunity to submit a Coach Development Plan as they work to achieve the required certifications.