Resources for Coaches


Become a Coach



SYSA is always looking for more volunteer coaches to help guide the players in their soccer development. No experience is needed to coach a house level team just a desire to learn and mentor young people. SYSA provides ongoing support and training needed to learn how to coach a youth team at any age level.  Below you will find Resources for Coaches, Coaching Tips and a Player Development Model for each age group.
SYSA does require a commitment for the entire season running from Sept – March with a winter and spring break. This commitment involves a one hour practice a week minimum and one game on Saturdays.


SYSA also looks for qualified coaches for our Select level programs. Certain credentials are required by BC Soccer to coach at different levels and age groups. Coaches will need to have previous experience, however SYSA will provide courses and ongoing support to meet the requirements expected.   SYSA does require a commitment for the entire season running from Sept – March with a winter and spring break. This commitment involves two one hour practice a week minimum and one game on the weekend.  Typically boys games are on Saturdays and girls play on Sundays

Please inquire, if you have any questions or are interested in coaching, with the SYSA head coach at

Select Coach Application

If you intend to coach at the Select level next season please please submit a cover letter declaring your intent along with a soccer coaching related resume to:

The deadline for coach application is February 15th. Returning coaches of current U14-U17 Gold and Silver teams need not reapply. Let your Head Coach know if your are NOT returning.

Going forward, BC Soccer Association is making the Soccer 4 Life Certification mandatory for coaches of all levels for U13 and up. SYSA will run this course in house once per season in September as the season starts. Time and date TBA
Therefore, if you apply to coach, please be prepared to take this course.

All details about BC Soccer Association courses can be found here including available courses:
We will email all appointed coaches the SYSA Select Course Details once they are finalized and posted.

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Information for Coaches

Criminal Record Check

All adults who work with children in our organization are required to submit to a Criminal Records Check, and we are now a part of the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), which enables our volunteers to submit for their checks online at no cost. The Criminal Records Check must be completed every 3 years.

Please note upon completion of your Criminal Record Check (CRC) you will be eligible to coach or manage with in our Club. We are mandated by BC Soccer Association to have all volunteers complete a CRC. The purpose of requiring the volunteers to go through the CRC process is to give the Club assurance that its volunteers do not have criminal history that would be of concern when having direct contact with children.

When you go to the CRRP application online there will be a few questions that you will need to answer in order to prove your identity. Your responses are private and will not be delivered to our club. The SYSA will only receive the CRC result. Please use the following information to access the online CRRP Criminal Records Check.  Online Link: Access Code: TPWDBEF7KW 

What happens if I am asked for finger prints?
When you apply for a Criminal Record or Vulnerable Sector (VS) check, you may be required to give the police service or an accredited fingerprinting company a copy of your fingerprints. The fingerprints are only used by the RCMP to confirm your identity. After completion of service, they are destroyed. They are not kept nor searched for other purposes.

Fingerprint-based Criminal Record checks greatly reduce the risks of people being wrongly associated to a Criminal Record for someone with a similar name. It also reduces risks of error by ensuring accuracy of Criminal Record checks. 

Submitting fingerprints electronically for civil purposes is easy and convenient. You simply have to visit a police service with an electronic submission device to have your fingerprints taken. In most cases, it is not even necessary to take rolled fingerprints with ink as we used to, you simply put your hand on the scanner and you’re done!

Unfortunately, Squamish RCMP does not provide this service. Finger prints services are at the following closest RCMP detachment:

Whislter RCPM 4315 Blackcomb Way

Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4 Canada 

Telephone: 604-932-3044

Should you be required to submit finger prints, the Club will gladly reimburse the cost. Upon completion of your cleared finger prints, please submit your receipt to Angie Shier


  • Please get jersey deposit cheques post-dated to the last day of play in April.  Do not give the deposit back until you receive the jersey back!
  • Get your team names in to your coordinator as soon as possible.
  • If you take on assistant coach he or she must also have a criminal records check on file with SYSA.
  • Please have assistant coaches aware of all policies and support.
  • If you also are lucky enough to have a parent help manage your team please refer them to this page also.
  • Please remember that player information, including contact info, is confidential.

Practise Field/Gym

You must book a field and/or gym for practises.  Refer to the Field Booking for information.

Coaching Clinics

Check the BC Soccer website for coaching courses that are available near you. If you have questions, contact the SYSA Technical Director. SportMedBC also offers a variety of courses (taping, concussion, etc.) which are of value.

Canada Soccer Grassroots Coaching Pathway

Grassroots Coach Education Program

Coaching Resources

All coaches should familiarize themselves with the resources below, including the Coach’s Tool Kit for the specific age group they are coaching.

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Coaching Tips

Keeping your coaching stoppages between 60-90 seconds ensures that your points are focused and your players are focused on you.  A practice with a single theme (i.e. defensive pressure or finishing) will facilitate your teaching for maximum absorption: you can’t tackle all your team’s problem areas in one hour.  Keep it simple!

Ongoing support is always available by contacting

Coaching Documents

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