Coach/Volunteer Certifications

Coaching cards are required by all Coaches.  These cards will be checked by officials prior to the start of the game to ensure coaches meet the coaching standards required to compete at this level.  This is essential to ensure that the game is being policed to keep the standards necessary to develop the game.  


The following steps need to be completed prior to receiving your Coaches card:


a) Respect in Sport (RIS): this is an on-line questionnaire completed by each individual at Once the program is complete a certificate number will be given to the person and this is what needs to be provided to the convener. There is no cost to obtain this.It will expire 5 years from that date.

b) Criminal Record Check (CPIC): this is done in-person by each individual at his/her local police department or online: Click here for the online Police Record Check. FC Northwest will reimburse the coach should there be any cost incurred to obtain this document; however, typically the volunteer pays in advance, and upon clearance and submission of receipts, then the reimbursement is processed. The document is FC Northwest property. It will expire 36 months from that date.
c) Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR): come to the FC Northwest Office to complete this paperwork which is done by each individual in-person by completing the paper copy of the registry check.  You must present TWO (2) pieces of valid, government-issued identification.  The office will submit the documentation and only on the occurance of a negative result will you be contacted.  The form is FC Northwest property. It will expire 36 months from that date.

d) Coaching clinics: these are completed on an individual basis prior to the outdoor season starting. 

· Active Start Course: Completion of a training course totaling 3 hours
(Active Start Stage of Development - players U-4/U-6).
No pre-requisites required.

· FUNdamentals Course: Completion of the training course totaling 7 hours 
(Fundamentals Stage of Development - Boys U-6/U-9 and Girls U-6/U-8).
No pre-requisites required.

· Learn to Train Course: Completion of the training course totaling 14 hours 
(Learning to Train Stage of Development - Boys U-9/U-12 and Girls U-8/U-11).
No pre-requisites required.

· Soccer for Life Course: Completion of a training course totaling 14 hours
(Soccer for Life Stage of Development - Boys U-13 and Girls U-12 and older).
No pre-requisites required.


Volunteer Screening

The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) is committed to creating and maintaining a sport environment in which all participants are provided protection against known child abusers or people with serious criminal records. Implementation of the following policy will minimize liability for our WYSA Volunteers at all levels of Soccer. In keeping with this policy, WYSA requires that all team officials, listed on an official game sheet and/or team roster, on any team participating in the programs of the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association, must be Child Abuse Regist cleared, hereinafter referred to as "CAR cleared" and Criminal Record Search Certificate cleared, hereinafter referred to as "CPIC cleared".


Team Official's are considered to be any coach, assistant coach, manager, physiotherapist, trainer, etc on a team roster and/or involved with players in a training/coaching capacity.


When a team official registers within WYSA's programs for the first time within a District, they must adhere to the requirements of the Volunteer Screening Policy. Each subsequent season, the team official must sign a waiver that states status in regards to the Volunteer Screening Policy has not changed. 

Team officials that will be traveling with teams to out of town tournaments and/or CSA competitions must adhere to the volunteer screening policies implemented by the MSA and/or the CSA. All team officials listed on a team roster must be CAR & CPIC cleared, or have signed their waiver, prior to the starting date of the Indoor/Outdoor Season. District Associations will be responsible to oversee that this policy is adhered to. District Association's will create an appeals committee consisting of three people, to deal with any appeals arising from CAR & CPIC issues. All Appeal hearings must be held in absolute strict confidence. The appellant is responsible for providing any documentation or police presence needed to explain why his/her past record/behavior should be a non-issue in determining their ability to continue to participate in the sport. There will also be a final right of appeal to the WYSA Appeals Committee. All District Associations are encouraged to establish appropriate procedures for implementing the Policies described above. This policy will be reasonably applied in due consideration of the applicable circumstances. WYSA strongly recommends that its district members adopt a similar policy, unless they already have a similar policy in place. As a minimum, each District will be required to establish an Appeals process for those individuals who are not CAR & CPIC cleared, but who wish to contest their status. All inquiries may be directed to the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association.

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