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Code of Conduct - Coaches

  • I will be reasonable when scheduling practices and remember that players have other obligations.
  • I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, the referees and opponents.
  • I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, support and playing time.
  • I will not ridicule, yell, or be negative toward any player or game official. I will remember that the players are here to enjoy themselves and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe.
  • I will remember that my players deserve a coach they can respect.
  • I will be generous with praise and set a good example in my dealings with players, other coaches and referees.
  • If I disagree with an official, I will accept the decision and not argue the call. I can bring my concerns to the head referee or to the age group director.
  • I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.


Coach Training Courses
New for 2021: The coaching courses have been divided into two parts: an on-line component and an in-person component.

  • The on-line component is managed by Canada Soccer.
  • The in-person component is managed by Ontario Soccer. In 2021, however, Ontario Soccer is not sure it will be able to provide the in-person component given the pandemic. We’ll update this page as soon as we find out.

Courses
Select the course you want to take from the Soccer Canada site, purchase the course, and then take it on your own time. Send your proof of completion to the Dragons' office to receive your refund for the course.

Here are the courses by age group:

  • U4-U5: Active Start
  • U6-U8: FUNdamentals
  • U9-U12: Learn to Train
  • U13-U18: Soccer for Life


Coach Incentive Requirements
The following are required to claim the coaching incentive:

We also encourage all coaches to take the free Making Head Way in Soccer e-learning course on concussions.

Don't forget to complete our Coach Application Form!


Fair Play Commitment
The Dragons strongly adhere to the FAIR PLAY concept and expect all members, players, coaches, volunteers and other participants to understand and practice this concept during Dragons' activities and events..


Fair Play Code for Coaches

  • I will be reasonable when scheduling practices and remember that players have other obligations.
  • I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules, the referees and opponents.
  • I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, support and playing time.
  • I will not ridicule, yell, or be negative toward any player or game official. I will remember that the players are here to enjoy themselves and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe.
  • I will remember that my players deserve a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example in my dealings with players, other coaches and referees.
  • If I disagree with an official, I will accept the decision and not argue the call. I can bring my concerns to the head referee or to the age group director.
  • I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.


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Rule of Two

The Rule of Two states that there should be at least two adults and two children present at all times, in every situation, including:

  • Closed door meetings
  • Watching tape with teams or athletes
  • Travel
  • Training environments (on the field, court, etc.)

Click here for more information - http://www.coachesontario.ca/coach-2-coach-rule-two/


Retreat Lines
For the U7-U12 age groups, any time a goalkeeper is in possession of the ball the opposing team's players must retreat (back away) either 1/3 of the distance of the field or 1/2 the distance of the field, depending on the age group of the players. 

Once the opposing players retreat (back up) the required distance, the goalkeeper is free to put the ball into play. Once the ball has been put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing players may not advance toward the ball until either a player on the keeper's team has touched the ball or until the ball has moved past the retreat line.


Retreat Distances 

  • U7 and U8: Opposing players must back up to the half-way line when the opposing goalkeeper has the ball.
  • U9, U10, U11 and U12: Opposing players must back up 1/3 the length of the field when the opposing goalkeeper has the ball.

Please note that our Handbook also explains the retreat lines.

Please click here for further details from Ontario Soccer.

 

Handbook 

  2021 Handbook Guide 2021




Rules Summary by Age Group

 

U4-5

U6

U7

U8

U9-U10

U11-U12

U13-U14

U15-U18

Retreat Line

n/a

n/a

1/2 Field

1/2 Field

1/3 Field

1/3 Field

n/a

n/a

Ball Size

3

3

3

3

4

4

5

5

Maximum Players on Field

n/a

3

5

5

6

9

11

11

Minimum Players on Field

n/a

3

4

4

5

7

7

7

Field Size (yards)

30x20

30x20

40x30

40x30

mini

9v9 Field

Full

Full

Goal Size in Feet

peg nets

pug nets

8

8

16x6

18x6

24x8

24x8

Goal Crease

n/a

n/a

10ft

10ft

no

no

no

no

Minutes Per Half

n/a

15

20

20

24 (2x12)

30 (2x15)

40

45

Coaches on Field

n/a

1 / team

1 / team

no

no

no

no

no

Offside

no

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Pass-in or Dribble-in

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

no

no

Throw-ins

no

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Distance from Ball on Restarts

3 yrds

3 yrds

6 yrds

6 yrds

6 yrds

10 yrds

10 yrds

10 yrds

Free Kicks

n/a

indirect

indirect

indirect

indirect

indirect

both

both

Penalty Kicks

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

Substitution on Throw/Pass-Ins

3-min shifts

on the fly

on the fly

yes

At discretion of ref

At discretion of ref and by request from attacking coach

Substitution on Corner Kicks

3-min shifts

on the fly

on the fly

yes

At discretion of ref

no

no

Substitution for Ejected Player

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

yes

yes

no

no

Slide Tackles

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

Submit Game Sheet Before Game

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Maximum Goal Differential

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

8

8

Referees

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Assistant Referees

no

no

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

 


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Land Acknowledgement
The land of which our office and fields are located is the traditional territory of many nations including: Anishinabewaki, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) peoples.  
It is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The Gloucester Dragons would like to reflect on the unique connections and relationships Indigenous persons and their ancestors have had with this place for thousands of years. 

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