Coaches Corner | EMSA Spruce Grove


We put together the information you need in one convenient spot – keep scrolling through the list of topics below.

Please note the tentative season start date for the 2018 Outdoor season is May for all U11 – U19 players

A Coach’s Creed

The primary responsibility of a youth soccer coach is to help the young player to have fun, learn and improve. This responsibility makes a youth coach different from any other official in the club, league or association. We (coaches) coach for the joy and success of the players – and no other reason.


Role of the Coach

A coach should help to improve the performance of the players (and the team) both physically and psychologically. The position of coach is demanding and multi-faceted. Parent, teacher, counsellor, disciplinarian, organizer – these are some of the duties demanded of the coach. When players sign-up with a club, they expect to receive something for their registration fee – they want to play and learn and they also want to do so in an enjoyable environment. Shaping the lives of young people is a large responsibility, affected not only by what we teach but also the way we teach. The process of learning is at least as important as the product.

In addition to what they learn about soccer, children may learn to be better people. You may be overwhelmed by your influence, but you accept that influence when you assume the position of coach. To develop players, you must have a sound knowledge of the game. This knowledge relates to skill, technique, tactics, fitness, and Laws of the Game. Coaches are, generally, knowledgeable about some of these aspects, but weak in others. Good coaches are always seeking new ideas to develop their knowledge of the game and players. As coaches, we must try to find out what potential a player has so that we can develop that potential and make the player the best player he or she can be.


Communication with Parents

Dear coach, one simple way to improve communication with your player’s parents is by sending them a general information letter. Parents like to be involved and informed, having a set of guidelines and expectations will aid in helping everyone in their roles.


What Do I Have to Do to Become a Community or Club Coach?

The most important thing is that you enjoy working with kids & that you have the desire to learn as well as teach!

ASA offers the Certification Courses & has an excellent breakdown of what is required to become a fully certified Community Coach listed on their website at the Alberta soccer website.

For coaches of Tier 1 and Tier 2 club level teams, the “B” License program is available. For details contact the Alberta Soccer Association 780-474-2200 ext. 228

Coaching Courses and Kits

We have a few courses to aid in developing our coaches, along with a seasonal Coaches Kit provided by EMSA Main.

you can find it on the Coaches Courses Page

Developing Players Guides

We have compiled a variety of resources that will help provide coaches with ideas to help challenge their players in ball handling skills and team drills, see our coaches resources page for player development information.

Helpful links and information

  1. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (includes online coaching courses)
  2. Soccer Dictionary
  3. Sports Injury Clinic!!
  4. Alberta Soccer Association – Has information on coaching courses


general information letter to give to players parents

Code of Conduct (should be signed by each coach at beginning of season)

SGSA Policies re: Coaching, Etc. (review each season, there may be updates!)

Importance of a Team Meeting

Developmental Guide

Sideline Soccer Etiquette – May want to provide to parents

9 Steps for a Successful Coach

SGSA Disciplinary Policy

Click here for the Referee Feedback Form


Please review the links to the left, as well as our Policies and Governance page, for information that should help you in your coaching journey.