Stage 7: Soccer For Life
Any age. Female and Male
"Soccer for Health and Grass Roots Growth"
LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT APPROACH TO COACHING
At any stage in the LTPD model, players may choose to play soccer as a purely recreational activity regardless of their
level of ability or disability. Soccer can be enjoyed as an integral part of any personal lifelong wellness plan. Adult players
can also become active in the coaching and administration of the sport.
The recruitment and retention of players, coaches, referees and administrators is key to the ongoing development of both grass roots and elite soccer in Canada through the LTPD model.
Physical – Follow appropriate guidelines in the areas of endurance, strength and flexibility training to remain active.
Technical –Learn new skills, or use and maintain skills already acquired.
Tactical – Basic tactics are sufficient to enjoy the game at a recreational level.
Mental – Focus on having fun, in addition to stress release and fitness discipline.
Soccer For LIfe
Youth players continue: Players from U11 to U14 sometimes stop playing due to other interests, lack of success,
shortage of playing opportunities,poor leadership, or other reasons. The LTPD model promotes personal success to
ensure players stay involved in soccer and sport in general.
Elite players retire: After they retire from elite competition, advanced soccer players should receive support to pursue
soccer careers as coaches,sport science specialists, mentors, referees or administrators. Soccer and its governing
bodies benefit when suitable elite players are formally identified and retained within the fabric of the game.
Late newcomers arrive: Soccer attracts new players at all ages. Some start playing past the age of critical development because their son or daughter is involved in soccer, while others simply want to try a new sport. Learning new skills is encouraged while maintaining healthy physical conditioning and enjoyment.
The Soccer For Life Coaching Course (Active For Life)
Hosting Clubs and Districts are offering these 2 day courses (16 hrs) throughout Ontario.
Coaches working with players in this stage are strongly encouraged to take the Soccer For
Life Coaching Course.
(turning 12 in 2013)
Soccer For Life
Soccer For Life
NB #2 To Clarify if you are coaching males that turn 9 years old in 2013 or females that turn 8 years old in 2013 you need to complete Learn To Train
NB #3 To clarify, if you are coaching female players who turn 11 in 2013 (born in 2002) or male players who turn 12 in 2013 (born in 2001) and you do not have your senior diploma (from the old system), you will need to complete Soccer for Life and MED
In 2013 if you are coaching a Competitive team with players in this stage you will need
to complete the Soccer For Life Coaching Course in addition to the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) module which is offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario.
For a list of courses starting mid January, 2013 please visit the OSA Course List.
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Make Ethical Decisions Course
For a list of MED Courses offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario contact:
Coaches Association of Ontario
3 Concorde Gate Suite 108, Toronto, ON, M3C3N7
Active for Life Sample Practices
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