Club Licensing Program

The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is designed to guide member organizations throughout the country toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. Canada Soccer has developed the Club Licensing Program to vertically align (from FIFA through the PTSOs) and integrate best principles from several sources to create a standard that is both high quality and recognizes the unique Canadian soccer landscape. Saskatchewan Soccer is proud to partner with Canada Soccer to deliver the Club Licensing Program within Saskatchewan.
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is an opt-in program and it is not mandatory for any Member Organization to participate, nor will it impact the membership status of any organization within Saskatchewan Soccer. The Club Licensing Program takes a principle-based approach. Principles provide direction but are not prescriptive, allowing organizations to develop and select methods by which they will operate based on their available resources and unique situation and context.

Club Licensing Program Licences & Criteria

Within the Club Licensing Program there are four classifications that a Member Organization (MO) can target based on their vision and desire to develop their organization:
Canada Soccer is responsible for the oversight of the National Youth Club Licence, while Saskatchewan Soccer is responsible for the oversight of the Quality Soccer Provider, PTSO Level 1 and PTSO Level 2 licences within the Club Licensing Program.

Club Licensing Application Process


2020 Timelines for Implementation within Saskatchewan

February 15
Declaration of Interest form open
April 1
QSP, PTSO 1, PTSO 2 applications open
August 31 QSP, PTSO 1, PTSO 2 application deadline. All information must be submitted by this time
November 1 Communication requesting any additional information sent to MOs
December 15
Communication regarding applications sent to MOs and recommendations provided to Canada Soccer

The Benefits of Becoming Licensed

Benefits for participation in this program can be tied into 4 categories: Reward, Recognition, Differentiation and Accessibility to Competition.
Reward MOs who achieve any of the Club Licensing licences will receive additional consideration through the allocation of MAP Grant fundin MOs who achieve licences will also receive a year's subscription to Academy Soccer Coach session planning and organization software. 
Recognition All MOs who achieve a Club Licensing licence will be provided with marketing materials stating their level of achievement and will receive recognition on Saskatchewan Soccer's website
Differentiation As soccer continues to evolve, being part of the Club Licensing Program allows for MOs to differentiate themselves as being recognized for achieving standards of best practice compared to other sports and other soccer organizations
Access to Competition As part of the Stream Based Competition Designation chart, only MO who achieve PTSO Level 1, PTSO Level 2, or National Youth Club Licence will be able to operate in the Competitive Youth Stream. Additionally, only organizations who achieve National Youth Club Licence will be able to participate in the Player Development Program which is a Canada-wide standards-based league with five regional divisions


Information, Education, and Resources

The following resources are also located on the Canada Soccer website.
SSA is proud to support Member Organizations with education and resources to support them in achieving their desired levels of the Club Licensing Program. Support manuals have been developed for the QSP, PTSO 1, and PTSO 2 levels which detail the available templates, education, and resources for the licensing criteria. Templates and information sheets are located on the Member Organization Resources webpage. Webinars and training opportunities are listed below. More resources and education will be added as they are confirmed.
March 10 Launching an Adaptive Soccer Program
March 12 Webinar about 2020 Club Licensing Program
April 8 Newcomer Engagement & Inclusivity Webinar
April 21 Launching a Walking Soccer Program
April 29 & May 6 How to Write a Technical Plan - for access to this webinar contact Rahim
May 14 Club Licensing - Principles in Action - Slide Deck
May 27 Developing an Annual Plan 
June 4 Balancing Quality with Accessibility & Inclusion - Slide Deck
TBD Managing Your Technical Direction

Staff Contact Information

Technical & Sporting criteria Coordinator of Sport for All or (306) 519-0824
Administration, Financial, Infrastructure & Governance criteria Coordinator of Member Services or (306) 519-1618
Liaising with Canada Soccer Director of Soccer or (306) 260-9793

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