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 2 years from the date of issue. After 2 years, the criminal check process must be repeated. As a volunteer, the criminal check is free of charge. You must use the following form: Criminal Check Form


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. 

Atom, Peewee and Bantam Coaches

Community Coach Mandate 

Please check  2023 coaching requirements

Football Alberta is working to strengthen grassroots football by hosting “Community Sport Novice Coach” Clinics across Alberta.  As per the Football Canada mandate, all coaches must be community coach trained by 2021 if you are instructing athletes under the age of 14.

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.

Football Canada’s “Community Sport Novice Coach” Mandate:

 All community minor coaches (U14) regardless of discipline must become community coach trained in 2022.

  • 2023: All Coaches coaching athletes under the age of 14 must be “Community Sport” trained.
  • All new coaches with the exception of the head coach have a 1-year grace period to complete the training.

*Coaches who are Certified Competition Introduction Position Coaches or above are exempt from this 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. 

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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