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Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program

Overview

The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is a guide for club development both on and off the field. As a customized program for the unique Canadian landscape, it is designed to take high standards to best principles. The program will enhance the participants' environment and experience, and contribute to improving the overall soccer system in this country. 

In order to express your interest, complete the online form and submit your Letter of Intent, before doing so though, we encourage you to connect with your District Organization regarding your current standing. A letter is not required as Ontario Soccer will source this directly from each District for all applying clubs.

Canada Soccer's Club Licensing Program is made up of four categories developed to be an inclusive, principles-based approach to overall systems improvement across the country.

For youth clubs in Canada there are four levels:

Click on any of the four above listed program titles to see the detailed criteria associated with the level they represent.

Please note that above does not apply for professional clubs. Those clubs work to achieve a Canada Soccer National Club Licence which is granted to organizations who meet the minimum requirements set by Canada Soccer in partnership with FIFA and CONCACAF as determined to meet the standards to play in international competition such as the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup™.

Application Process

If your Organization is interested in applying for the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, CONNECT with us by completing the application form

As part of your application process, your club will need to submit contact information for the leadership team as well as a Letter of Intent on official club letterhead. 

Once processed and approved, each club will complete a Confidentiality Agreement before proceeding to access the Club Licensing System (CLS).  All documentation, web links and other supporting evidence is submitted to this platform online.

Ontario Soccer staff will review and approve submissions or provide feedback for improving specific criteria.

Successful recipient clubs are announced quarterly by both Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer.

Contact Us

Prior to applying, we ask submitting staff to review all information found on this page. Still have questions about the Club Licensing Program? Contact Alex Di Noia via email at adinoia@ontariosoccer.net.

The Canada Soccer Club Licensing System

For all applicants who submitted their Letter of Intent via the JotForm link will be contacted once a Letter of Good Standing has been sourced by Ontario Soccer directly with each District. 

Once received,  an email with a link to the application portal will be sent out to the email address provided. Please check your inbox/junk/spam folder for an email with this application link. follow the instructions on how to create a profile and review the platform well ahead of the submission deadline.

Timelines

For Quality Soccer Provider applicants only, the following is a timeline for the process:

  • December 14, 2022– January 27, 2023: Applications, including Letters of Intent, submitted via this portal
  • January 30 – February 10, 2023: Ontario Soccer to source District Endorsements
  • February 10 – February 24, 2023: Ontario Soccer to provide clubs Confidentiality Agreements
  • February 27 – April 14, 2023: Clubs provided access to the Club Licensing System to begin documentation submission
  • April 18 – May 19, 2023: Ontario Soccer to review documentation & generate Action Plans
  • May 22 – June 2, 2023: Clubs update submission based on provided Action Plan
  • June 5 – June 12, 2023: Ontario Soccer to review Action Plan adjustments
  • June 12 – 16: First round of successful recipients announced by Ontario Soccer & Canada Soccer o Reconfirmation: District Endorsement Letters to be completed
  • June 19 – September 8, 2023: Ontario Soccer to review Action Plan adjustments and support clubs as needed to be successfully announced at the next window
  • September 11 – 15: Second round of successful recipients announced by Ontario Soccer & Canada Soccer o Reconfirmation: District Endorsement Letters to be completed
  • September 18, 2023: Ontario Soccer hands-off remaining clubs to their District for final processing

Please refer to: I2022-072: Canada Soccer Club Licensing - Applications Re-Opening

Current Ontario Clubs on Canada Soccer's National Youth Club License Program

  • Brams United Soccer Club
  • Southwest Optimist Competitive Soccer (Southwest London FC)
  • Cherry Beach Soccer Club*
  • Hamilton Sparta Sports Club*
  • Kitchener Soccer Club
  • Strathroy United Football Club
  • Erin Mills Soccer Club*
  • Lakeshore United FC Academy*
  • Milton Soccer Academy
  • Toronto Skillz Academy
  • Flamborough Dundas Soccer Club*
  • London-St. Thomas Croatia Soccer Club (LS Croatia)*
  • Mississauga Croatia Soccer Club
  • Windsor TFC
  • Georgetown Soccer Club*
  • Mooredale Sports Club*
  • Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club
  • Sault Youth Soccer Club
  • Gladiator Soccer Academy*
  • St. Catherines Roma Soccer Club*
  • Nipissing District Soccer Club
  • Southend United Soccer Club
  • Glen Shields Futbol Club*
  • Toronto United Football Club*
  • North York Academy
  • Woolwich Youth Soccer Club
  • Golden Feet Soccer Club*

 

  • Rockwood Football Club
  • Ancaster Legacy Football Club*
  • Hamilton Croatia Soccer Club*

 

* = “Provisional”: action plan associated with the approval.

Matt Ferreira

Manager, Coach Education, Player Development & Club Licensing

Phone: 905-264-9390 ext. 285

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