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Hints and Tips for First Time Youth Soccer Coaches

By Edited Oct 10, 2015 0 1

When coaching youth soccer it is vital that the kids have fun. Win or lose, the game needs to be fun for the kids. It is not so much about the soccer: it is more about teaching teamwork and allowing the kids to get some activity away from the television and computer.

When coaching soccer many first time coaches are surprised at the way the parents are. Regardless of the age range of the kids, parents can be known to act very odd and erratic at times. Parents can be domineering and at times actually encourage their child not to follow your rules if the parent thinks it is not good for their child. Parents have been known to call a child out of the game and replace him or her with their own kid, even without the coaches’ prior permission.

A fun way to help teach the parents that good conduct is necessary from the sidelines is to have a practice where the parents play soccer, and the kids are on the sideline cheering. This is a unique way of showing the parents how their conduct on the sideline can affect the playing of their child.

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When practices begin for a new season of soccer it is vital that you start with the basic of soccer Always start with the basic of soccer. It does not matter if these are six year olds playing for the first time or college players on an athletic scholarship, you always want to teach and reinforce the basics of soccer.

Although you start with the fundamentals of the game regardless of the age group, you do need to alter the methods and techniques you teach depending on the age category. For youth soccer players who are 6 or younger you should focus on balance and basic dribbling skills.

For children that are 7 years and older it is vital that you spend a lot of time teaching the kids how to dribble. Run numerous dribbling drills. Encourage them to practice dribbling at home.

As a first time soccer coach of kids you will learn as much if not more than the children. Relax, go with the flow and enjoy yourself. There are numerous books on teaching soccer that contain various drills you can have the players perform during practice.

When coaching kids to play soccer you should organize a bunch of mini games so the kids are always active and learning new soccer playing skills while at practice. Rotate the goalie around so that all the kids get a chance to rest, yet still be active.

Teach the children ball control. Many times young players will kick the ball towards the goal immediately regardless of positioning. Teach them to control the ball and look for any potential teammates they can pass the ball too.

Teaching soccer does not have to be a complicated process. As long as you can stay organized and communicate with the parents about scheduling you will really enjoy coaching soccer to children.



Oct 12, 2011 10:28am
My advice is to just have fun. If you are a youth soccer coach then you can't take things to hard because they are just kids.
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