Technical Staff

Steven McDougall

Steven McDougall – Technical Director

National C, National B Part 1, Scottish FA Level 1, 2, 3

Over 15 years of professional playing experience in Scotland with Airdrie United, Dunfermline Athletic, Dumbarton, and Glasgow Rangers. Steven has made 407 Professional appearances in the Scottish Premier League, achieving the First Division Championship with Dunfermline Athletic, Second Division Championship and Challenge Cup Winners with Airdrie United. Steven holds an ECDL and Advanced ECDL from Paisley University in Scotland.

David Shankland

David Shankland – OPDL Development Manager & HP Coordinator

UEFA B, Canadian National A, & SFA/UEFA Youth Coaching Licenses

David brings a wealth of international coaching experience and an abundance of knowledge to his OPDL Development Manager and High Performance Coordinator role with the Burlington Soccer Club. He has coached professionally in a variety of positions and for a variety of Clubs including Greece, Romania, and his native Scotland. 

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll – Foundation Phase Coordinator

UEFA A License Prerequisite, UEFA B License, FA Youth Award, FA Youth Modules 1, 2, and 3.

15 years of coaching experience in over 15 different countries spanning across 6 out of 7 continents. Within Steven’s coaching experiences, he has worked within professional academies within the UK for 8 years. During this time, Steven’s represented a Premier League Club globally hosting seminars, talent identification programs and delivering sessions to players and coaches.

Upcoming Coaches Clinics

The Burlington Soccer Club is committed to assist with the ongoing development of all of our coaches.  Our aim is to improve the quality and standard of all the coaches within the club. Ongoing coach development and education is vital for successfully developing players of all ages regardless of their ability or skill level.

Please register email:

February Coach
Feb 28, 2020
Haber Community CentreNo Cost to BSC Coaches
(Grassroots, 6-8 yrs old)
Feb 29, 2020
5150 Upper Middle Rd,
No Cost to BSC Coaches
Learn to Train
(Grassroots, 9-12 yrs old)
Mar 14 & 15, 2020
5150 Upper Middle Rd,
*No Cost to BSC Coaches
Soccer for Life
(Grassroots, 13+ yrs old)
Apr 25 & 26, 2020
Notre Dame
Secondary School
*No Cost to BSC Coaches
Developing Football Awareness
(8-16 years old)
Nov 14
Sherwood Forest Park (Dome 3)Please contact David Shankland

Role of the Coach Burlington Bayhawk (Four Corner Approach) Power Point
Game Leader InformationLink
Retreat Line InformationLink
Physical LiteracyLink
Policies and Procedures (Recreational and Development)Adobe PDF

Recreational Player/Team Ratings

The Burlington Soccer Club (BSC) asks that all U6-U21 House League coaches complete player ratings for each of their players. These ratings help to balance our teams for the upcoming seasons and is mandatory for coaches. For this to work, we need our coaches to be as fair and accurate as they can with their ratings.

Team Rating

This relates to how the players on your team compare to one another. The best player on your team would be ranked 1, and if you have 12 players in total, the least skilled player would be 12.

Category Rating

This is a rating, similar to grades that are assigned in schools and can be compared with players in the league and their team. For example: “Player 1 on Team X was superb when we played them, he would be an A+. My best player is probably not quite as good, so I will give them an A or A-.”

We ask that ratings are completed as soon as possible with as much clarity as possible. You are also able to add notes to the players to indicate further details, such as “player is always absent.” Please feel free to use the example chart below to help guide your judgement.

(A)Player is strong on the ball with both feet and displays good passing ability over varying ranges. Player has good coordination and balance on the ball and can dribble with their head up. Player is intuitive and can anticipate the next play.
(B)Player is competent on the ball with both feet and displays fair passing ability over varying ranges. Player has fair coordination and balance on the ball.
(C)Player is competent with their stronger foot with limited use of their weaker foot. Player may have some physical literacy issues such as balance and coordinating movements.
(D)Player struggles with their control of the ball with both feet and has physical literacy issues regarding their balance and coordination.

Coaching Certification Pathway

Police CheckCustomer Service will send you a link for Back Check
Obtain NCCP #Link
Respect in SportLink (Online Course – Cost Involved)
Make Ethical DecisionsLink (In-Class Course – Cost Involved)
Making HeadwayLink (Online Course – FREE)
Game Leader (U8 Coaches Only)Link (Online Course – FREE with password: bysc16)

Session Plans from Jordan Brown

U7 – U8 House League Coach Clinic SessionsAdobe PDF
U7 – U8 Attacking SessionsAdobe PDF
U7 – U8 Dribbling + Turning SessionsAdobe PDF
U7 – U8 Passing + Receiving SessionsAdobe PDF
Fun Games SessionsAdobe PDF
Ball Mastery Warm Up SessionsAdobe PDF

Active Start Session Plans U4 – U6

Ontario Soccer Active Start Sessions – Link

Active Start CurriculumAdobe PDF
Active Start Session 1Adobe PDF
Active Start Session 2Adobe PDF
Active Start Session 3Adobe PDF
Active Start Session 4Adobe PDF
Active Start Session 5Adobe PDF

Licensing Programs

C LicenseLink
Provincial BLink
National BLink
National ALink

Coach Education Survey – Link