Fall 2009, Coaching Education Newsletter #7

In this week’s newsletter we address spatial awareness and passing options.  

Spatial Awareness
While watching high level soccer games, we sometimes notice a player looking over their shoulder before they receive the ball.  This player is trying to gain information to allow him/her to make a good decision in regards to playing the ball.  Checking while the ball is almost in possession is late.  Continue reading


Adventures in the Ocean

Week 5
Adventures in the Ocean

 Greet the players and let them know that today’s adventure will take them into the ocean.  In the ocean they will have to swim like fish, work with a team of pirates, and avoid the crabs, lobsters, and sharks.  Continue reading

Club Coaching Vocabulary

Club Coaching Vocabulary

 Most youth clubs offer soccer to players age 4-19.  Once players reach the soccer age of U9, different levels of play are often offered.  Players move throughout each level throughout their soccer career as well as experience different coaches.  Playing for a different coach benefits the players as they are forced to adapt to differing personalities, coaching methods, as well as communication methods. 

We recommend the use of a common coaching vocabulary throughout each club to allow players to move from one level to another and one coach to another with out having to adapt to different soccer terminology.  Continue reading

Coaching Young Players in a Game

Coaching in a Game

Coaching during the league games is the most difficult challenge you will face.  Your expectation combined with parent and player expectations often conflict with the developmental approach that is needed for players to thrive and play in a risk free environment.  Many of the issues addressed in the Problems of Youth Coaching section are found in game coaching. Continue reading

Fall 2009, Coaching Education Newsletter #6

In this week’s newsletter we address the topics of developing your player’s ability to counter attack and attacking heading.

Developing Your Player’s Ability to Counter Attack
When observing youth, high school, and college games it is obvious the overwhelming majority of goals come out of transition.  Free kicks account for the next largest percentage of goals; while, attacks out of a build up rarely lead to goals.  A team that is trained to attack cohesively out of transition can increase their number of goals scored dramatically.  Continue reading

Adventures in the Desert

Week 4
Adventures in the Desert
by John Dingle

Greet the players and let them know that today’s adventure will take them to the Desert.  In the Desert there will challenges with cactus, exploring, avoiding a dangerous hawk and protecting your pet lizard.

Ouch Cactus Touch
Players move around the grid and attempt to touch as many cactus as they can in a limited amount of time.  Players then attempt to beat their own record. Continue reading

A Development Approach- Excerpt From U8 Coaching Manual

Developmental Approach

Develop Your Philosophy
The U7 and U8 soccer players appear to be mature soccer players because some of these players have been involved in youth soccer for a few years.  These players are not mature soccer players and can not be treated as such.  A better approach is to treat the players close to the way beginners would be treated.   The approach needed to this age group is that of a teacher.  The coach/teacher needs to make an effort to reach all players on their team.  Winning games can not be at the expense of player development.  Coaches need to develop player’s movement ability, soccer techniques, and game understanding.  Continue reading