Alberta Soccer Courses

EMSA West is dedicated to training its volunteer coaches. This is done through a variety of courses and mentorship programs already in place with EMSA South. Watch this area often for updates on coaching courses, programs, and technical academies.

EMSA West reimburses the cost of Technical Courses for West Coaches upon successful completion. Receipts and certificates can be sent to upon completion for reimbursement.


  1. A minimum of two coaches 18 yrs+ must be present and participating in the group.
  2. All Coaches MUST have a valid CPIC, including Vulnerable Sector Search on file with their district/club.
  3. At least one Coach per group should be trained at the appropriate NCCP Coaching Level.  See below.
  4. Respect in Sports Activity Leaders: All Team Officials are required to take this course effective Outdoor 2021.
  5. Rule of Two – Rule 13.6 is now enforced in all soccer activities.


Coach training consists of two parts:

  1. Age-Specific Soccer Education
    • Active Start (U4 to U6)
    • FUNdamentals (U7 to U9)
    • Learn to Train (U11)
    • Soccer for Life (U13 to U19)
  2. All Ages Multi-Sport Education
    • Making Ethical Decisions
    • Making Head Way
    • Emergency Action Plan
    • Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

Age-Specific Soccer Education

The Grassroots Coach Education Program has four workshops based on Stages 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Long-Term Player Development Model. The first three workshops, Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learn to Train, deal with soccer training and the importance of physical literacy for players up to 12 years of age.

The fourth workshop is called Soccer for Life and focuses on working with players age 13 and older through to “masters soccer”. The Soccer for Life stage includes a wide array of participants who play for fun and fitness, those who enjoy recreational soccer, as well as those who prefer to play competitively but not at a high-performance level.

All Ages Multi-Sport Education

Coaches are also expected to complete multisport programs that equip them to provide an outstanding soccer experience for the kids.

Respect in Sport, Making Ethical Decisions, Making Head Way, and Emergency Action Plan provide coaches with the information they need as a leader of youth sports.

Respect in Sports Activity Leaders: All Team Officials are required to take this course effective Outdoor 2021 .

Rule of Two – Rule 13.6 is now enforced in all soccer activities. This encourages safe sport. Click here for the guide.


How to register for a NCCP course on The Locker – Click here for a demo.



A concussion is an injury to the brain and this injury can be quite serious.  Any blow to the head, face, neck or body, which causes a sudden jarring of the head, can cause a concussion. As an example a ball to the head or face, being checked into the boards in hockey.   A concussion affects a person in the way they may think and their ability to remember things, for a short time. These are not the only symptoms of a concussion. There are others.

Concussions occur in soccer. EMSA South is concerned and would like to protect the safety of our soccer players. The first step in this process is education. Coaches, parents, and players should review the information below. Here are some PDF files for immediate reference and some in-depth reading. Thank you for being concerned enough to look into this matter.

Alberta Soccer Concussion Protocol & Policy (Approved January 2016)

Concussion Response Tool – Parents, Guardians, Coaches

Concussion Handbook For Parents

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Facts About Concussion & Brain Injuries

Heading Policy

How to Properly head the ball for U13 and up

To be used for U13 and up!


The “11+” is an injury prevention program that was developed by an international group of experts based on their practical experience with different injury prevention programs for amateur players aged 14 or older.
It is a complete warm-up package and should replace the usual warm-up prior to training.

Teams that performed the “11+” regularly at least twice a week had 37% fewer training injuries and 29% fewer match injuries. Severe injuries were reduced by almost 50%. This study was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008.  We encourage all teams in our zone to adopt the U11+ program.

11+ Warm Up Exercises

11+ Warm Up Program