Toronto Soccer Association

Learn to Train

Learn to Train U9 - U12

Program Overview

The effect of the role model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by "doing". Players move from self-centred to self-critical, and they have a high arousal level during basic skills training.

This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetition are vital to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.

Physical- This is an optimal window for train-ability of speed, flexibility and skills.

Technical- Building a greater repertoire of soccer related movements. Technical skills are developed in training and within the context of basic soccer games.

Tactical- Developing environment awareness and encouraging decision making- simple combinations, marking and running into space.

Mental- Golden age of learning, intrinsic motivation is developed by the Fun and Enjoyment that foster desire to play, imagination, creativity, increased demands and discipline.


Course Detail

The Learn To Train course will be primarily hosted online with a mandatory practical session required to complete the certification. Participants must complete the online course work AND the practical session in full in order to be certified. Therefore we strongly advise all registrants to only register if they are guaranteed to be available for the practical session detailed below.


Pre-registration ha been extended until April 17th !!

The link to pre-registration can be found below.

Pre-registration allows coaches to reserve a spot on the course without having to make payment until the “pay period”.

Pay Period

This is the period of time during which pre-registered coaches must make payment to confirm their spot on the course. Failure to make payment during this time will result in removal from the course.

Open Access

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of the course will take place online. The “open access” date is the date on which fully registered participants will have access to the online material. They will have 2-3 weeks to work their way through the learning and this must be completed prior to the “practical”.


Each course does have a MANDATORY practical requirement and the scheduled date the Learn To Train practical is listed below. You must attend this portion of the course in full to be certified and no refunds will be provided to anyone who takes the online portion but cannot complete the practical.

The course includes technical and tactical development along with appropriate session content and methodology.

April 1-19, 2021
April 24th, 2021
May 16th, 2021
Michael Power HS
8am- noon