Position Title: Provincial Xcel Team Assistant CoachPosition Term: Part Time (Contract) March – May 2024Location: Vaughan, OntarioReports To: Provincial Xcel Team Head Coach
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 League and 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 the Regional and National ExcelPrograms.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To serve as a Provincial Xcel Team Assistant Coach incorporating Ontario Soccer's player priority principles, curriculum and adhere to the talented player development plan: March - May 2024. Attend all Ontario Soccer's Provincial Xcel Staff meetings (Orientation, Administrative and Technical) Assist the Head Coach in the planning, management and delivery of the campaign plan. Act and deliver specific coaching responsibilities as outlined by the Provincial Head Coach. Plan and conduct team training sessions, individual player sessions, recovery sessions, small team training sessions as required. In conjunction with the Provincial Head Coach, plan or conduct individual and team debriefing sessions, post training and game (verbal and visual). In consultation with the Provincial Head Coach organize or conduct pre-game, half-time and substitute warm-ups, and manage in-game substitutions. Manage game video, motivational film, match statistics and post-game video analysis if required by Provincial Head Coach. In competition, communicate daily itinerary to players and scout opposition when required. Support Athletic Therapist in any post-game player recovery protocols. Support Team Manager with organization, kit and laundry related activities as required. Ensure training equipment is well maintained and ready for practice and matches. In conjunction with the Team Manager, plan and organize player responsibilities with returning and picking up training kit and game uniforms. Complete Ontario Soccer Player Development Program surveys. Adhere to the Provincial Xcel Program’s Coaching Staff Code of Conduct
Qualifications and Required Skill Sets:
A minimum Ontario Soccer National 'C' or equivalent license; Canada Soccer National Youth License Preferred; Coaching experience at the appropriate youth age and gender; Strong teaching, leadership, organizational 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.