Vancouver Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is a volunteer organization and we do not hire coaches or soccer personnel. If you want to coach at the youth level, you will have to contact one of the Vancouver clubs and make an inquiry (see Clubs). Clubs often have specific certification requirements for coaches working with different age or skill levels.
Criminal Record Check Requirement (BCSA Rule 22. b) Risk Management)
Every volunteer or employee of an affiliated BC Soccer organization, age 19 and over who at any time could be expected in the performance of their duties to:
- be with any minor aged person must have on file the results of a Criminal Record Check completed within the previous 36 months from an agency approved by the Association
- be entrusted with performing financial duties must have on file the results of a Criminal Record Check completed within the previous 36 months from an agency approved by the Association.
- be responsible for book keeping, bank account(s) or any monetary duties must have on file the results of a Criminal Record Check completed within the previous 36 months from an agency approved by the Association. The type of Criminal Record Check submitted by volunteers is to be specified by BC Soccer.
As the district is made aware of coaching clinics in the Vancouver District they will be noted on our website. However, not all clinics are advertised by individual clubs who organize them. For more information on coaching clinics go to the BC Soccer Association where all coaching clinics are listed.
As the governing body for soccer in Canada, the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge the Association has developed a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model. As a result a two-streamed education program has been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself. Read full article
Check out the BC Soccer coaching link http://www.coachcentre.ca/
Fields are subject to closure depending on weather conditions. It is the responsibility of the home team to notify their opposition if the grass field is unplayable due to field closure and the game has been scheduled for the alternate field. Field decisions may not be uniform throughout the playing area. Grass fields may be closed in one municipality while they are open in another. The referee is responsible for making the final decision as to the playability of a field even if it is still designated as open.
In case of snowfall, be aware that snow may be sporadic, some fields being covered while others are totally bare and playable. It is the responsibility of the home team to notify their opposition and Division Liaison if the field is not playable because of snow.
Check the following sources for the latest information on field status:
- Vancouver Parks
604-473-6206 after 1PM Fridays
- Vancouver Schools
604-713-6000, then 2666
604-294-7984/7459 after 6 pm Thursdays
- West Vancouver
- North Vancouver
604-983-6444, then 5033 after noon Fridays
Artificial Turf Field Rules
Most division games in Vancouver are now scheduled for turf fields. Footwear must be cleaned on mats or the boot scrapers provided outside the entry gates before the players enter the field. No screw-in stud footwear is allowed (metal nor plastic studs). This rule will be strictly enforced. Only team officials and players registered to the team are allowed inside the fenced area. Spectators must remain outside the fenced area.
Vancouver District Fields can be found at BC Soccer Central and in the 4-District Guide....
Fair Play Handshake
FIFA’s Fair Play Handshake policy directs teams to have a pre-game handshake as well as post-game and shake. The pregame handshake will be organized by the team’s officials and/or the team captains. The 4-District Board suggests that the end-of-match handshake should only be done if both teams are still respectful of each other. Be sure to check your league manual for any idiosyncrasies that pertain to your specific league.