Position Title: Provincial Xcel Head CoachPosition Term: Part Time (Contract) March – May 2024Location: Vaughan, OntarioReports To: Sr. Manager Development Provincial Xcel
About Ontario Soccer
Do you want to gain invaluable work experience in the world of amateur sport? Have you ever wanted to help grow the game of soccer in Ontario?
Ontario Soccer is actively searching for talented and ambitious individuals who are passionate about the field of sport management and want to apply their knowledge at Canada’s largest provincial sport organization.
Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is currently comprised of more than 500 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 6,000 match officials, as well as countless volunteers, parents and supporters encompassing a direct, multi-cultural community of over 1,000,000 Ontarians.
Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our member District Associations, partners and other stakeholders. Ontario Soccer also operates the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL); the province’s premier standards-based youth development program, as well as “Team Ontario”, Ontario Soccer’s provincial Xcel program. Ontario Soccer proudly supports Canada Soccer’s National Teams, the Canadian Premier Leagueand Toronto FC.
The overall objective of Ontario Soccer as a hub for Coach, Match Official and Player Development is to be innovators and leaders in sport and to assist with the equitable development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice, provide a talented pathway for participants to excel and encourage inclusive community involvement at all levels.
In alignment with Canada Soccer’s National Regional Excel Program, Ontario Soccer is making changes to the programming offered to Ontario’s most talented players. These positions will provide coaching leadership to Ontario’s top youth male and female players within Ontario Soccer’s Provincial XcelProgram.
Ontario Soccer’s Provincial Xcel Program detects young talent throughout the Province with the aid of Ontario Soccer Technical Staff, OPDL Technical Staff, District Club Technical Leads, and Club Coaches to provide high level training and competition in preparation for Regional and National Excel Programs.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To serve as a Provincial Team coach incorporating Ontario Soccer’s player priority principles, curriculum and adhere to the talented player development plan: March - May 2024. Attending all Ontario Soccer’s Provincial Staff meetings (Administrative and Technical). Manage and provide leadership to the Provincial weekend program events and April competition events. Lead the preparation of the daily itinerary during training and competition weekends with the support from Team Staff. Plan and conduct team training sessions. Proactively communicate to all Team Staff regarding all program commitments and ensure open communication lines with Ontario Soccer Technical Staff. Lead and manage Team Staff, ensuring all program commitments are met and high standards are met by all Staff. Select squad with Staff consultation and plan and conduct Team and Staff meetings. Plan and conduct team and individual player debriefing sessions post training or matches (Especially for players travelling long distances from outside the GTA.) When required, conduct player/parent debriefing sessions for players released from the program. Lead and provide support to the Staff in implementing the technical and tactical foundation of the Ontario Soccer’s Provincial programs brand, technical philosophy and standards on and off the field. Complete post competition event, a player technical snapshot report to the Manager of Development and Provincial Xcel within 1 month and other program review expectations from Ontario Soccer. Communicate with National Teams Coaching Staff if required. Adhere to the Provincial Xcel Program’s Coaching Staff Code of Conduct
Qualifications and Required Skill Sets:
Preferred Canada Soccer National 'A' License or Canada Soccer National Youth License or equivalent; Coaching experience at the appropriate youth age and gender; Strong teaching, leadership, organization and communication skills; Understanding of team dynamics and being a team player; Well-developed time and people management skills; Personally, believes and commitment to continuous professional development