Help! I Volunteered to Coach - What do I do?
Many first time coaches volunteer or are volunteered to the job. First things first…Relax. Relax and think about how much fun you are going to have with these little Under-6 and Under-8 soccer players.
Create a fun, learning soccer environment for your players in training and in games.
2015 Coaches Training Handouts
Player Development Model
Sample Training Activities U6 to U19
U6 Dribbling Sample Lessons
U6 Movement Sample Lessons
U6 Balance Sample Lessons
U6-U8 Practice Activities
U6 Fun Five Practice Activities
U6 Basic Coaching Concepts
US Youth Soccer Practice Plans
US Youth Soccer Coaches Manual
US Youth Soccer Basic Skills Manual
US Youth Soccer Player Development [pdf] [website]
What Kids Want in a Soccer Coach
First Season as a Youth Soccer Coach
86 Ways to Say Good Job
First Aid Advice for Coaches
Mental Development of 6 and Under Players
U10 US Youth Soccer Practice Guide
U12 US Youth Soccer Practice Guide
Role of the Coach
Coaches who understand the player development process and the differences that exist between age and ability characteristics are more likely to positively influence and effect the development of the player.
Teach Respect of the Game.
- Serve as a Facilitator
- Be a Positive Role Model
- Understand who You are Coaching
- Respect the Referee
- Respect the Opponents
- Respect the Coaches
- Respect the Fans