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Quality Soccer Provider

General Profile

The Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer are designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered as a quality soccer provider, member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.

Characteristics and Behaviours

Governance

  • Is located in Canada.
  • Is a Member in Good Standing with its governing organization(s).
  • Is compliant with the by-laws, policies, and directives of its governing organization(s).
  • Has basic governance structures.
  • Adheres to Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Administration

  • Registers all participants with its governing organization(s).
  • Has basic management and operational structures.
  • Distributes information from Canada Soccer and its governing organization(s) to its participants.
  • Infrastructure
  • Has access to appropriate facilities and equipment to provide its programming.

Technical

  • Provides a safe, accessible, and inclusive soccer experience.
  • Provides an enjoyable soccer experience focused on long term participation.
  • Operates programming that is aligned to Long Term Player Development stage-appropriate best principles. (RECOMMENDATION)

Quality Soccer Provider Criteria

Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer

The Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer are designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered as a quality soccer provider, member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.

 Organizations applying for the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, Quality Soccer Providers should provide the following criteria 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.

Club Infrastructure Form – Facilities, Website, other official online locations (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

 

Safe:

 

Adheres to Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics

 

Has a Code of Conduct to Protect Children

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Supports the Coaches Association of Canada Responsible Coaching Movement:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Enjoyable:

 

Is committed to providing an enjoyable soccer experience for all participants

 

Is focused on long term participation

 

Developmentally Appropriate:

 

Programming considers Long Term Player Development (LTPD) stage-appropriate principles

 

Playing Formats Are Aligned to Canada Soccer Guidelines:

 

Number of players on the field and on a team

 

Size of ball, goals, and field

 

Length of game

 

Coach to Player Ratio

 

Coaches are trained and/or certified appropriately for the program in which they coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessible, Inclusive, and Welcoming:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Coaches are culturally sensitive and programs include culturally appropriate activities

 

Facilities are accessible to participants of all abilities

 

Meets the Expectations of Membership with its Governing Organization(s):

 

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

 

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

 

Registers all participants with its governing organization(s)

 

Does not interact with non-member organizations unless approved by governing organization(s)