WLYSA provides coaching courses to WLYSA coaches free of charge. Contact the WLYSA office for more information on courses being offered.

Coaching Clinics

  • Soccer for Life TBD (9am-5pm both days) Location TBD

Coaching the U13+ player – also a requirement for coaching rep level teams in BC

At this stage, skill training demands and training loads are increased to develop and refine skills and tactics. Tactical awareness becomes an increasingly important facet of training, alongside mental toughness, concentration, and diligence. Elite soccer groups may express interest in recruiting talented young players, but coaches and parents should be careful to recognize and protect the long-term interests of each athlete. Game formats develop from 8v8 to 11v11 (although no 11v11 prior to 13 years of age) as players grow through this stage, and the season moves toward year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods.

**This course is free to WLYSA coaches – Participants are to contact Rob at the WLYSA office (250-392-1103 or e-mail for the payment code and instructions on how to register for this course

Active Start April 14 2018 (9 am – 1 pm) at the Esler Soccer Clubhouse

 Coaching the U6 player

  • At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.

To register for this free course click this link and follow the instructions (contact Rob at the WLYSA office if you require assistance)

  • Learn to Train April 7 & 8 2018 (9 am – 4 pm) at the Esler Soccer Clubhouse
  •  Coaching the U9-U12 Player

      This stage introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN. All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeping, and the training to competition ratio should be 2 to 3 training sessions for every game.

      To register for this free course click this link and follow the instructions (contact Rob at the WLYSA office if you require assistance)


      Player Evaluation Form – click on the link
      Player Assessment Form


      Thank you so much for volunteering!! We value the time and energy you put in that benefits our players. We have been working throughout the year to provide players with a quality program. Our website is available for everyone. It includes information about our association, links to other web sites, schedules as they become available and references for coaching.
      We follow Small-Sided Soccer rules as outlined by BC Soccer. It has been successful as it uses smaller teams which allows for better learning and skill development. The Small-Sided Soccer rules can be accessed at
      CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS are mandatory for all volunteers. This is required by BC Soccer and must be filled out before your first practice. Your Coordinator has a form for you if you haven’t filled one out yet.
      AS A COACH:
      – You want every child’s experience in sport to be positive
      – You want to win, but you should also emphasize the importance of team work and FUN
      – You believe that fair play can and should be taught.
      Whether you are new to the game or an experienced coach, this relates to you. These are practical fair play tips from BC Soccer. We encourage you to apply them in your practices and games to teach the importance of fair play to your athletes.


      – I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
      – I will teach my athletes to play fairly and respect the rules, officials and opponents.
      – I will ensure that all athletes get equal instruction, support and playing time.
      – I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
      – I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athlete’s age and abilities.
      – I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
      – I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.

      We have provided you with team binders including lists and some personal information for emergency use. Please return the binder, information and equipment bags at the end of the season.
      Players are to receive one schedule each. Please advise your coordinator if you need more. Have your team parent call any players who missed the first practice to remind them.
      U6 & 7 coaches are asked to referee their games during the season. U8, U9 and U10’s will have referees, therefore, during these games coaches are NOT permitted on the field unless invited on by a referee. This also applies to all parents-make them aware of it. Our players learn respect for the game and our officials by the examples we provide.
      Memos/schedules/etc. will be distributed to parents throughout the season. Please keep a copy for your own reference. Your team parent is there to assist you in distributing or collecting any forms. They can also hand stuff in to your coordinator for you.

      In regards to weather conditions…Practices or games should be cancelled if there is lightning.

      WLYSA follows Canadian Soccer Lightning Safety Severe Weather Policy, 30-30 Rule:
      – When you can count 30 seconds or less between lightning and thunder, head for safe shelter
      – Remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder

      For everything else we have left it up to the individual coach. However, be aware that if you choose to cancel a practice, we do not have enough time allotted to make it up.
      Monday Practices- if your practice is on a holiday Monday, you may still choose to hold it. Just contact parents to let them know.

      Under no circumstances is a child to be left unattended at the field. Parent/guardian supervision is mandatory. Your job is to coach, not to do any care-taking.

      WLYSA’s emphasis is on Fair Play and Fun, therefore no child shall play in any division in which he or she is not registered. Siblings are not to practice or play with any other team. All players have paid to play and should not sit or be left waiting while others that are not in that division replace them on the field. Their instructional time shall not be interfered with.
      If a player’s lack of attendance is an issue to your team, please take the following steps:
      1. Call the player’s home to see that they do have a schedule and know when practices and games are.
      2. Check to see if they are still keen on being a player with WLYSA.
      3. Let your Coordinator know if this is a hindrance to your team and to their games, so your Coordinator can make any adjustments to accommodate for this.
      4. In severe cases only, a player may be moved to a new team. This will only done as a last resort and only after discussions have been held with the players, parents, coaches, the Coordinator and myself.
      We ask for any comments/suggestions to be dated and given in writing, but not necessarily signed. This will help us to address each situation as it arises and it makes each parent accountable for ensuring their concerns or complaints reach the appropriate parties. Please pass these on immediately upon receipt.

      Coaching Resources and Manuals are available at the WLYSA office – Contact Rob or Brian for more information

      All Coaches/Volunteers with WLYSA are required to have a current Criminal Record Check on file.

      Code of Conduct

      1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
      2. Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
      3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down within the Constitution and the Rules of BC Soccer.
      4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
      5. Coaches must NOT exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
      6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance.
      7. Coaches must ensure at the activities they direct or advocate is appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
      8. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the player (and, where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
      9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
      10. Coaches must always promote the appropriate Code of Conduct and positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) to players, parents and spectators alike. Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behavior contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
      11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behavior and experience and be a role model for players, parents, and spectators.