Coach Resources


In the event of a player injury, the link below will provide direction on how to file a claim with
the New Jersey Youth Soccer.

Resource Links

US Youth Soccer -
New Jersey Youth Soccer -
Kentucky Youth Soccer -
Oregon Youth Soccer -
Utah Youth Soccer -
Camas-Washougal Soccer Academy -
Fine Soccer -
World Class Coaching -
American Youth Soccer Organization -
Marblehead Youth Soccer Association -
Massachusetts Youth Soccer -
Soccer Drills for Parents -
SoccerXpert Soccer Drills -
Footy 4 kids -
The Soccer Essentials -

Coaching Tips

Here are some qualities for being a positive influence and good coach:

PATIENCE - This is probably the most important characteristic. Let's face it - 12 active kids together require a lot of attention. A good coach is one who doesn't expect angels on the soccer field.

TOLERANCE - This quality goes hand-in-hand with patience. Kids are going to be rowdy, or moody or lazy. Tolerance takes the different mind-sets and turns the focus to the tasks "afoot".

ACCEPTANCE - Children are so very different. Each one has varied potential and skill levels. A good coach is one who recognizes each child as an individual and he/she encourages that child to perform at his/her very best level. Perfection is not required!

MOTIVATION - Soccer can be viewed as kids kicking a ball across the field, or it can be viewed as an opportunity for growth. The true test lies in sparking a child's interest to learn and grow and keeping that spark alive each season.

RESPECT - I've seen many games in which the coaches, and sometimes parents, of the other teams berate and belittle their children for making mistakes. Sometimes they even go as far as criticizing opposing team members. Good grief! We're playing U-10 soccer! This isn't the World Cup. Coach has never singled out a child for making a mistake and he does not allow parents or the other team members to do so either. At the beginning of every season 'Coach' reminds us parents that we're all in this sport to learn and have a good time.

SPORTSMANSHIP - Perhaps this should have been on top of the list, but being toward the end does not lessen the importance. My definition of sportsmanship is to teach kids to work together as a team in order to achieve a common goal. It also means teaching kids to respect other players as well as each other. Insults are not tolerated. Mistakes are team mistakes, and they are used as teaching tools for the next game.

ABILITY TO TEACH - Sounds simple, right? It's not. How many times has a parent signed up a child for a sport, only to have a well-intentioned father decide to coach? He may or may not know the sport. He may or may not relate well to his players. There is a huge difference between the team whose members do what is yelled at them, and the team whose members actually understand what to do and why. A good coach teaches his players basic fundamentals, explains concepts and enables his/her players to think logically when making a play.

One of the reasons parents encourage kids to play sports is to hopefully broaden their horizons and to give them additional skills they wouldn't get otherwise. While having a winning season is great, consider it a bonus and not the main purpose. Playing sports should be a positive experience, and it should be one that children look forward to each and every season.
Soccer drills must fit the theme of your entire practice session and integrate from beginning to end of practice.

  1. start with setting an objective for your soccer practice session
  2. pick themes for the drills to fit the objective. For example, if your theme is passing, incorporate passing drills into the warm-up, technical, fitness, tactical, and scrimmage parts of your session.
  3. sequence the drills so that they connect as in point (2) above.
  4. plan for equipment needed to run the soccer drill, such as cones, pinnies and number of balls required. (Tip: the ideal mix for pinnies is 11 of color A, 8 of color B and six of color C)
  5. plan for breaking players into small groups based on positions and how they will interact on the field. Example is right defender, right midfielder and right forward, or defenders as a group, etc.
  6. visualize the drill with your players in it.
  7. have the soccer drill written on a piece of paper with notes for coaching points, progression, groupings of players.