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Provincial Youth Club License- Level 1

General Profile

The Provincial Youth Club Licence – Level 1 of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program builds on the characteristics and behaviours of an organization in the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer with a balance of expectations across the governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical pillars. The characteristics and behaviours of the Provincial Youth Club Licence – Level 1 are designed to recognize high quality grassroots, community, and competitive organizations that have developed their governance and operations. Organizations achieving the Provincial Youth Club Licence – Level 1 demonstrate their commitment to quality and to providing an enhanced participant experience.  

General Characteristics and Behaviours

Demonstrates the Characteristics and Behaviours from the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer.

Governance

  • Has basic governance documents.
  • Is a registered legal entity, compliant with all relevant legislation and Canada Revenue Agency requirements.
  • Has basic planning documents to guide the organization.
  • Works in harmony, aligning values and operations, with its governing organization(s).

Administration

  • Is financially viable.
  • Has basic management and operational policies and practices.
  • Has an identified Administrative Lead with clearly defined responsibilities.
  • The Administrative Lead is committed to ongoing development and education.
  • Provides financial support for Administrative Lead, Technical Lead, Technical Staff (if applicable), and coaches to pursue ongoing development, training and certification.
  • Has sufficient and appropriate staff to deliver its programs
  • Provides or facilitates financial support to players with financial barriers to participation.

Infrastructure

  • Has an actively maintained online presence.
  • Has access to facilities and equipment to provide enhanced programming.

Technical

  • Operates programming that is aligned to Long Term Player Development stage-appropriate best principles.
  • Has basic technical planning to guide its programs and services.
  • Has an established pathway to provide players with access to opportunities for participation in Grassroots, Community, Competitive, and Development/Performance Streams.
  • Has an established pathway that provides opportunities for players to continue participation in the Soccer for Life stage (senior and masters).
  • Educates coaches, players, and parents about the Provincial and National Player Pathways and Long-Term Player Development model. (RECOMMENDATION)
  • Has an identified and qualified Technical Lead (refer to Category Requirements for specifics) with clearly defined responsibilities.
  • Technical Lead is committed to ongoing development and education.
  • Has coaches and team personnel who are properly trained and/or certified for the groups/teams with which they work and competitions in which they participate.

Specific Provincial Youth Club License, Level 1 Criteria

The Provincial Youth Club License, Level 1 of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program builds on the characteristics and behaviours of an organization in the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer with a balance of expectations across governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical pillars. The characteristics and behaviours of the Provincial Youth Club license, Level 1 are designed to recognize high quality Grassroots, Community, and Competitive organizations that have developed their governance and operations. Organizations achieving the Provincial Youth Club License, Level 1 demonstrate their commitment to quality and to providing an enhanced participants experience.  

See what the application portal looks like by clicking here: WizeHive PDF Print Out of the P1 Application

Organizations applying for the Canada Soccer Provincial Youth Club Licensing Program, Level 1 must submit the following information to Ontario Soccer:

1.

Organization Name

2.

Location

3.

District / Region (if applicable)

4.

Province

5.

Membership Status

6.

President / Owner

 

Incl. Name, Position, Contact Information (phone and email), Qualifications and Job Description

7.

Administrative Lead

 

Incl. Name, Position, Contact Information (phone and email), Qualifications and Job Description

8.

Technical Lead

 

Incl. Name, Position, Contact Information (phone and email), and Job Description

 

Program Information:

9.

Stream(s) of Participation (Grassroots, Community, Competitive, Development, Performance)

10.

Stage(s) / Age(s) of Participation

11.

Gender(s) of Participation

12.

Facilities, Website, other official online locations (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

 

Technical & Sporting Criteria:

 

 

Provides a safe soccer experience:

13.

Adheres to Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics

14.

Has a Code of Conduct to Protect Children

15.

Has Guidelines for Appropriate/Inappropriate Conduct between Adults/Adolescents and Children

16.

Has a Policy outlining what to do if you witness inappropriate conduct that is provided to parents, coaches, and team personnel

17.

Has a Policy requiring that any suspicion of child abuse is reported to law enforcement

18.

Provides an environment that supports participant’s physical and emotional safety (free of bully, discrimination, etc.)

 

Supports the Coaches Association of Canada Responsible Coaching Movement:

19.

Has a Rule of Two Policy on which it educates players, parents, coaches, and team personnel

20.

All coaches and team personnel have completed Respect in Sport Activity Leader Training

21.

All coaches and team personnel have completed proper Background Screening, including a Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) or Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC) within the last 3 years

22.

At least one parent or guardian from each participating family has completed Respect in the Sport Parent Program training (RECOMMENDATION)

23.

Facilities and equipment are safe, well-maintained, and in good condition

24.

At least one individual from the organization has completed Commit to Kids online training and this individual is identified as the primary liaison for child protection with contact information provided to Coaches, Team Personnel, and Parents

25

Demonstrates active implementation of the Canada Soccer Guide to Safety

 

Provides an accessible, inclusive, and welcoming soccer environment:

26.

Provides programming that targets underrepresented groups as outlined in the Canada Soccer Guide to Accessibility and Inclusion

27.

Has programs, partnerships, and/or other mechanisms to reduce barriers to participation

28.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

28i.

Appreciates diversity to ensure everyone feels safe and that they belong regardless of ability and background

28ii.

Coaches are culturally sensitive and programs include culturally appropriate activities

29i.

Utilizes facilities that are accessible to participants of all abilities and advocates for enhancements to facility accessibility

30.

Demonstrates active implementation of the Canada Soccer Guide to Accessibility and Inclusion

30i.

Committed to enhancing the ratio of women as Club Administrators, with targets and a dedicated plan for achieving these targets

30ii.

Organization has firm metrics in place to measure the success of its women and girls’ advancement programs

 

Submits a Club Pathway that demonstrates the following:

31.

Alignment to Provincial Pathway

32.

Alignment to National Player Pathway

33.

An established pathway to provide players with access to opportunities for participation in Grassroots, Community, Competitive, and Development/Performance Streams

34.

An established pathway that provides opportunities for players to continue participation in the Soccer for Life stage (senior and masters)

35.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Submits a Technical Plan that includes the following:

36.

Program Descriptions

37.

Program alignment to Long Term Player Development stage-appropriate best principles as outlined by Canada Soccer

38.

Alignment to Strategic and Operational Plans

39.

Holistic approach that includes Physical, Mental, Technical/Tactical, and Social/Emotional development

40.

Yearly Training Plan (YTP) that includes training and competition components for all stages, age groups, levels, and teams in which the organization provides programming

41.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

41i.

Coach Recruitment, Retention, Development, Assessment, Advancement and Recognition Strategy

41ii.

Strategy targets women in coaching with dedicated plan for achieving such targets. Deleted from the 2020 P2 Application. 

41ii.

Strategy focuses on transition of players to coaching roles

42.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

43.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

44.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

45.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Sport Science and Medicine Plan that:

46.

Is aligned to Technical Plan

47.

Supports physical, mental, and social/emotional development

48.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

49.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

50.

Includes injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and return to play protocols

51.

Includes Anti-Doping Policy and Education Program for Players and Team Personnel

 

Technology Support Plan that:

52.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

53.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

54.

Operates a licensed Canada Soccer Skill Centre

55.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

56.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

57.

Provides Futsal programming

58.

Has an identified Technical Lead with clearly defined responsibilities

 

Technical Lead holds the following current and valid certification at minimum:

59.

Community Stream Workshops for all stages at which the organization provides programming

60.

Making Ethical Decisions Workshop and/or Online Evaluation

61.

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program

62.

C License (Minimum)

63.

Children's Licence (2022)

64.

Youth Licence (2022)

65.

Ontario Soccer Leadership Diploma (2022)

66.

The Technical Lead is committed to ongoing development and education

67.

Coach training and/or certification is aligned to programs operated and Canada Soccer and/or PTSO standards

67i.

Match Officials (This Match Officials Portion is Not Applicable to Academies)

67ii.

Must contribute to Match Officials Development Fees

67iii.

Must have a Qualified Club Head Referee (Ontario Soccer trained)

67iv.

Must have a Match Officials Development Plan, including budget

67v.

Mentorship and Support Program

67vi.

Mechanism to audit all components of Club Match Officials Development Program

67vii.

Annual Education and Training Plan

67viii.

Committed to enhancing the ratio of women as Club Match Officials, with targets and a dedicated plan for achieving these targets

68.

Has a Goalkeeper Coach and provides Goalkeeper Training

69.

Goalkeeper Coach has completed Canada Soccer Goalkeeping Workshop (2020)

69i.

Goalkeeper Coach has completed Ontario Soccer Goalkeeping Diploma.

69ii.

Has a partnership with an organization that offers access to an Integrated Support Team that includes property certified experts in Nutrition, Mental Skills Training, Performance Analysis (Physiology and Biomechanics), as well as the Physical Training Provider and Medical Staff

69iii.

Has a partnership with an organization that offers access to a qualified Physical Training Provider who is responsible for development and oversight of Physical Training Plan in conjunction with Technical Lead and coaches (as applicable)

69iv.

Has a partnership with an organization that offers access to Medical Staff, which includes at minimum one doctor and one physiotherapist or athletic therapist that is properly certified and licensed

70.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

71.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

72.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

73.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Administration & Financial Criteria:

 

74.

Registers all participants with its governing organization(s)

75.

Does not interact with non-member organizations for the purposes of soccer-related activities unless approved by governing organization(s)

76.

Has a bank account

77.

Has a minimum of two signing authorities and requires two signatures on all financial transactions, unless owner is the sole signing authority

78.

Prepares reviewed or audited financial statements

 

Meets the following financial standards:

79.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

80.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

81.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

82.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

83.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

84.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

85.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

86.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Submits an Operational Plan that includes the following:

87.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

88.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

89.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

90.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

90i.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Has administrative policies that include the following:

91.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

92.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

93.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

94.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

95.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

96.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

97.

Submits an Organizational Chart:

98.

Has an identified Administrative Lead with clearly defined responsibilities

99.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Has a Human Resource Policy that includes the following:

100.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

101.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

102.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

103.

All staff members have completed Respect in the Workplace training

104.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Infrastructure Criteria:

 

105.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

106.

Has a website

107.

Has access to facilities that meet the minimum requirements of the programs that it operates

108.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

 

Governance Criteria:

 

109.

Is a Member in Good Standing with its governing organization(s)

110.

Is a legal entity

111.

Is compliant with the by-laws, policies, and directives of its governing organization(s)

112.

Works in harmony, aligning values and operations, with its governing organization(s)

113.

Is compliant with all applicable requirements of governments (e.g., non-profit statutes) and regulatory bodies (provincial sport regulators) within whose jurisdiction it operates

114.

Holds an Annual General Meeting

115.

Submits Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws

116.

Submits a Vision, Mission, and Values Statement

 

Has a Board of Directors, Owner or Operator, that is responsible for the affairs of the organization and:

117.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

118.

Is comprised of individuals who do not hold simultaneously a position of director, employee or contractor of another organization with which the organization has an ongoing relationship

119.

All Board Members, Owner or Operator, have completed Respect in the Workplace training

 

Has director recruitment policies and processes which ensure that the board has:

120.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

121.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

122.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

123.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

124.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

125.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

126.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

127.

Selects, compensates, and provides oversight of the Administrative Lead

128.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

129.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

130.

Submits a Strategic Plan

131.

Has policies and processes for the administration of discipline including ethical violations (ALL) that are independent of the Board of Directors, Owner or Operator

132.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION

133.

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS LEVEL OF CLUB LICENSING APPLICATION