Coach FAQs


What is a Security Clearance/ Police Information Check?

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Coaches Card: Who, Where & When?

All team officials (U7 & up) need a coaches card for the Indoor season.
Click Here for further information. (where & when you can get a card)

Why are the coaches volunteers?

Community soccer is run on volunteer coaches, asst. coaches and team managers to keep cost down.

Do I need to know how to play soccer?

No, EMSA West offers Coaching course for all our volunteers.
U4-U9 Mini Courses are being offered at no cost to all EMSA West registered coaches. Click Here to view courses being offered.
This course is for new and returning mini coaches.
For other coaching course please go to

What if I need help once the season has started?

Contact the office (780-451-6453 Ext. 0) talk to the office staff and we will provide you with additional information or arrange for someone to come out to give you advice.

What if I want coach but can’t commit to all the games?

You can still sign up to coach, just make sure to put that on the form and we can arrange to pair you up with a co-coach or place you in an assistant coach position.

How many team officials can be on a roster?

EMSA Rules & Regulations (page.34) state that there can be a maximum of 5 team officials listed on an ASA roster. However, there is a maximum of 4 non-playing team officials on the bench during the game. 1 must be the same gender as players. A bench parent counts as one of the non-playing officials.

Do I have to be a parent of a child playing on the team?

No, you can be an Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, family friend or sibling (minimum 16 yrs. old for mini teams),
All coach’s must complete a Security Clearance form before season starts. Please contact your community soccer coordinator or

As a new coach, will I be supplied with any equipment?

Every coach receives an equipment bag with the appropriate size of soccer balls for your age group, net and corner flags (if applicable), jerseys, and a first aid kit.

The field our team played on the other day had a couple of big holes in it. I consider the field unsafe for our players. What can I do about it?

EMSA West does everything we can to ensure that the fields are safe for our children to play on. However, if we have missed a damaged field, please bring it to our attention by contacting our field assignor at Please provide us with the name of the field, the exact location of the problem on the field and what the problem is (i.e. hole, debris, etc.) The responsibility for ensuring the safety of the fields belongs with the City of Edmonton, and we will contact them to have the field repaired as soon as possible. You may also contact the City of Edmonton directly by calling 311.

How do you score games on the

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Do the mini teams (U7 & U9) need to practice as they have a practice before each game?

As the coach that is up to you. If you are willing to put in the extra time, we will try to get you a local gym to practice in.

Can parents just drop their children off and leave them for the 55 mins.?

No, at these age groups a parent or legal guardian is required to on premises throughout the duration the game or practice.
Please note community teams work best if there is more than 1 and can be made up as follows :
  • Coach
  • 2 Assistant Coach`s and Team Manager
  • Coach & bench Parents