Coach Requirements

Coaching with SAMFA

We understand and appreciate that our Coaches are volunteers and commit significant time to our athletes.  To ensure that our Coaches are prepared to teach football skills and to adhere to the ethical requirements of coaching in minor sports, we require certain standards to be met.

A vulnerable sector criminal check will be required prior to coaching for any team. The criminal Check must be submitted to the VP of Coaching prior to the beginning of the season. All criminal checks are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. After 3 years, the criminal check process must be repeated. As a volunteer, the Vulnerable Sector Check is free of charge. You must use the following form: Criminal Check Form

Register in the Locker for your NCCP number. Already have one? Just add your NCCP number to your coaching registration form in RAMP

The Locker

The Locker - Coaching Association of Canada online tools. Register here for your NCCP Coaches number, training sessions and more. Submit your course receipt to the club and get reimbursed for your training!


Coach Registration

1) Visit and register as a coach. This is free of charge. Once registered, you will receive a NCCP#. Record this number and keep it safe for SAMFA registration.

2) Register with SAMFA. Go to our Registration Portal and register yourself as a coach. Enter all fields including your NCCP#. As a coach you need to register with Football Alberta and for the season you are coaching. 


Please see below the coaching policy and coaching requirements for all coaches within the association.
  1. Complete the E-Learning Making Headway Module (free) - Online Course
  2. Attend Safe Contact course -  
  3. Complete E-Learning NCCP Safe Sport Module (free) - Safe Sport Module
  4. Community Sport Novice Coach Trained* (one year grace period for new coaches)
      • In Class Course 
      • Community Sport E-Learning

*Coaches who are Certified Competition Introduction Position Coaches or above are exempt from the Community Sport Novice Coach Training and are included in the minimum number requirement.  To become a Certified Position Coach, you must submit the clinic workbook, pass the online MED Exam and complete an on-site evaluation. 


Please check  2024 coaching requirements

The new mandate requires each Atom, Peewee and Bantam team’s Head Coach and 4 other assistants to be “Community Sport Novice Coach” Trained.  The training involves completing the Community Sport E-Learning and a Community Sport workshop.

The clinic will introduce you to the fundamentals of football with a recreational focus. Taking this workshop will give you skills and confidence in the key areas of practice planning, making ethical decisions and fundamental technical football skills. The skills learned are ideal for voluntary coaches who have children who participate in football or who wish to assist participants of all ages who are new to the sport.


How to become Community Coach Trained?

In order to be Community Coach Trained you are required to complete an online e-learning module and classroom course:

  1. Community Sport E-Learning - $14.99 - Community Sport E-Learning
  2. Community Coach in class workshop - $50.00 - Clinic Schedule


Fees for courses/workshops required by volunteers are eligible for reimbursement from SAMFA, receipts should be submitted to


Contact the VP of Coaches.

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