Learn to Train, U9-12

Club Hosting Dates & Registration:

We are hosting the (on-field) Practical Component required to complete your Learn to Train course. Coaches MUST have completed their Theory Component one week prior to participation in any Practical Component. See the column to the right for more info on requirements for Learn to Train coaches.

All courses run 10 AM - 3 PM unless otherwise stated. Participants should expect to participate and dress accordingly with shin pads and Indoor or Turf Soccer shoes. Locations will be confirmed by email the month of the course.

Expected 2024 Dates:

Another date may be added if these dates fill.


Transfers to other potential course dates do not carry admin fees. Transfers will only be considered if the requested new date is a course hosted by NorWest Soccer, is within the calendar year (or a club credit will be offered), if space is ava, and if the request is not less than two weeks before the course date.

Refunds will be subject to a 10% administration fee unless provided by club credit & will not be offered less than two weeks prior to the course date - unless an eligible coach from a waitlist can be placed.

Contact: For the quickest answers to FAQs, use our autoreply at courses@norwestsoccer.com

In the interest of time, the information contained in our autoreply will not be answered individually during peak course season.

Coaching U9-U12 Females & Males

Learn to Train is an NCCP-approved Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Workshop. The emphasis of this course is on technical and tactical development within a small-sided game environment (6v6, 7v7, 8v8).

Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the Grassroots Coach Education workshops are now available online.

To ensure that the Grassroots Coach Education workshops are more accessible and to allow greater flexibility on when these courses can be delivered, the coaches will be able to work at their own pace to complete the course material.

In addition to the online theory component of the course, there will also be an in-person, on-field practical session to conclude the workshop, which each Club or Academy will host. The duration of this session will be 6 hours. 

What do you learn?

Who is this course for?

Coaches who will be coaching U9 to U12 Males and Females.  This period is called "The Golden Age of Learning".

What requirements do I need to complete to become "Learn to Train Trained"?

Coaches must complete:

How to register?

Online Theory Component

To access the online theory component of the course, coaches can:

Once the key has been acquired, it can be redeemed at the Canada Soccer Academy webpage.

On-field Practical Component

To register for the in-person, on-field component of the course, coaches can:

Coaches must have completed the online theory component of the course in order to have their registration approved for the in-person, on-field component of the course.

What is the cost?

Quick Resource:

Ontario Soccer has created a series of brochures in the form of mini-pamphlets that walk coaches through four of the key physical literacy stages of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD). Each of these resources provides very basic but helpful information through Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life for volunteer coaches. Please click here for these resources.