Coach Requirements

To clarify Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer's new coaching requirements for the 2023 season and for future seasons.


Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Check:

  • In the past, Clubs would choose how to designate their coaches based on the competition level, age of players and risk.
  • With Canada's Safe Sport, all coaches must have a criminal reference check with vulnerable sector check.
  • Clubs can choose how many years between screening (every year, every two years, every three years etc.). The seasons that checks are not completed, it is best practice to have the coaches sign a form attesting that they have not had any new occurrences since their most recent official check.
  • OPP Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) are free to the public. They can be obtained from the following website under "Police Record Check": https://www.opp.ca/index.php?id
  • KDSC Club Vulnerable Sector Check letter can be located here (may be required for OPP detachments outside of the Kemptville OPP): Vulnerable Sector Check Letter_2023.docx
  • Once obtained, please forward to your program Director or to the Club at  club@kemptvillesoccer.com


Mandatory Requirements for U9-U12 House league Programs (Also called Grassroots Community Stream by Canada Soccer):

  1. Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  2. Respect in Sport
  3. Coaching Soccer in Canada (Is a Mini Course included within the Active Start, FUNdamentals LTPD courses)


Mandatory Requirements for U9-U12 Development AND U13-U18 Competitive Programs (Also called Grassroots/Competitive Stream by Canada Soccer):

  1. Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  2. Respect in Sport
  3. Stage appropriate Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Course Theory and Practical Component (Learn to Train (U9-U12), Soccer for Life (U13-U18))
  4. NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Module + Online Evaluation Module
  5. NCCP Making Headway
  6. NCCP Emergency Action Planning Module (New course for the 2023 season)
  7. NCCP Rule of Two Module (New course for the 2023 season)

We always encourage and support the development of our Club Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches within our House league, Development and Competitive program streams to attend the Ontario Soccer course. Coaches to obtain and submit course receipts after course completion for full reimbursement by the Club.


Ontario Soccer Courses

All coaches are to receive as much training as possible. Coaches are often responsible for the first initiation of the development of the young players within the Club. Long Term Player Development begins with the first kick of a soccer ball.


To register for an Ontario Soccer coaching course please click on the Ontario Soccer Course Links (contained within the table). The link will direct the Coach to the Ontario Soccer Coach Course details.

Age Group

 Ontario Soccer Course

  (click link for full course information)

U4 - U5 Mini Soccer

Active Start

U6 - U8 Mini Soccer


U9 - U12 Development Soccer

Learn To Train

U13+ Competitive and HL Soccer

Soccer For Life

**Regional Teams

 **A Coach with a Canada C National License.

Current Canada C-Licensed National Coaches within the Club: Marcus Dickie