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Learn to Train (U9-U12)

Overview:

Learn to Train is an NCCP-approved Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Workshop. The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within a small sided game environment (6v6, 7v7, 8v8).

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 a practical in-person, on-field session to conclude the workshop, which each Club or Academy will host. The duration of this session will be 6 hours. 

What do you learn?

  • How to teach basic principles of play. This is a key time to train speed, flexibility and skills and understand your role in developing these skills.
  • How to establish training ethics and discipline in a fun and challenging environment.
  • How to communicate to this specific age group.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players coaches are working with.
  • How to provide a safe practice/game environment for your players.

Who is this course for?

Coaches who will be coaching U9 to U12 Males and Females.  This period is called "The Golden Age of Learning".

What are the course pre-requirements?

Prior to registering for a Learn to Train course, 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.

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 $30.
  • The cost of the practical in-person, on-field 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.