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AccelerateHER: Canada Soccer's New Initiative for Gender Equity in Coaching

By Staff, 03/22/24, 11:30AM EDT


Canada Soccer introduces AccelerateHER, a program aimed at fostering gender equity in advanced coaching. Learn how this initiative supports women coaches and contributes to the future of women's soccer in Canada.

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Canada Soccer has taken a significant stride towards promoting gender equity within the coaching landscape with the introduction of AccelerateHER - a strategic initiative designed to address the glaring gender disparities in Canada Soccer’s Advanced Coaching sphere. This program will aim to provide comprehensive support to women coaches and align them with the highest coaching standards in the country.

Historically, women have been underrepresented in advanced coaching roles, constituting only 10% of coaches in Canada Soccer’s Advanced Coach Education Program, according to the organization. Obstacles such as limited opportunities, financial barriers, and inadequate support for aspiring female coaches can get in the way of women pursuing this field of work. 

To help combat this issue, the AccelerateHER program will train 85 coaches seeking their Coaching Diplomas at either the A, B, C Children’s, and Goalkeeper levels. The deadline to apply is April 21, 2024.

Program Components:

  • A bursary to alleviate financial burdens associated with advanced coach education.
  • Curated training tailored for AccelerateHER coaches.
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated coach mentor throughout the program.

Application Details:

  • Women coaches interested in pursuing Canada Soccer A, B, Children’s, or Goalkeeper Diploma can apply individually.
  • Coaches interested in the C Diploma are advised to contact their Provincial/Territorial Member Association.
  • Application deadline: April 21, 2024.
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status by May 31, 2024.

Learn more and find the application form by clicking here.

For any inquiries regarding AccelerateHER, please email

Ontario Soccer proudly supports the AccelerateHer initiative as it recognizes the crucial role of women as role models. This is a prime example of a coaching program that encourages girls and women to participate and stay involved in soccer - an outcome we strive for each and every day. For a taste of Ontario Soccer's recent efforts towards gender-equity, check out our International Women's Day tribute from earlier this month.