Coaches’ Corner | EMSA South West

Coaching Requirements:

  1. A minimum of two coaches 18 yrs+ must be present and participating in the group. All Coaches MUST have a valid CPIC including Vulnerable Sector Search on file with their district/club.
  2. It is recommended that at least one Coach per group be trained, at minimum, at the appropriate NCCP Coaching Level.  NCCP course – Coaching Pathway
  3. Rule of Two – Rule 13.6 is now enforced in all soccer activities.
  4. Team Officials and bench attendants must wear a mask or face covering at all times while inside any building where EMSA games are taking place. They are to be put on as you enter the building and then not to be taken off again until after you have left the building. They are required in the dressing rooms and on the bench.

Coaches’ Code

  • Soccer is a game for happiness.
  • The laws of soccer should be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit or letter of which no one should try to avoid or break.
  • Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.
  • No advantages except those of superior skill should be sought.
  • Equal playing time for all players.
  • Soccer is an inclusive program, providing a safe and enjoyable environment.
  • Official and opponents should be treated and regarded as honest in intention.
  • Official decisions should be accepted without looking angry no matter how unfair they may seem.
  • Winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game.


SWEMSA has been working with the FIFA 11+ program for a year & has seen a reduction of injuries during practices & games. Teams that performed the “11+” regularly at least twice a week had 37% fewer training injuries and 29% fewer match injuries. Severe injuries were reduced by almost 50%. This study was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008.  We encourage all teams in our zone to adopt the U11+ program.

11+ Warm Up Exercises

11+ Warm Up Program


A concussion is an injury to the brain and this injury can be quite serious.  Any blow to the head, face, neck or body, which causes a sudden jarring of the head, can cause a concussion. As an example a ball to the head or face, being checked into the boards in hockey.   A concussion affects a person in the way they may think and their ability to remember things, for a short time. These are not the only symptoms of a concussion. There are others.

Concussions occur in soccer. SWEMSA is concerned and would like to protect the safety of our soccer players. The first step in this process is education. Coaches and parents and players should review the information below. Here are some pdf files for immediate reference as well as some in depth reading. Thank you for being concerned enough to look into this matter.  

Medical clearance documentation must be submitted to SWEMSA ( before a player is allowed to return to practices or games.  It should reflect the player has successfully returned to school/work full time & successfully exercised to exhaustion without symptoms reoccurring.  Full details can be found below on the Alberta Soccer Concussion Protocol & Policy link below.

Alberta Soccer Concussion Protocol & Policy (Approved Januaury 2016)

Concussion Response Tool – Parents, Guaradians, Coaches

Concussion Handbook For Parents

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Facts About Concussion & Brain Injuries

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If one of your players has an injury that actually takes them out of the game such as concussion, broken limb or serious injury of any nature, please fill out Injury Report Form below and email it to our zone Administrator, Mary Hilbrecht (  The form can also be faxed to 780-436-3621 or mailed/hand delivered to our office.

#211,  11 Fairway Drive Edmonton. AB

SWEMSA Injury Report Form 121316