Coaching Youth Soccer

If you’re new to soccer and have never coached before or if you have experience at higher levels and want to learn more about coaching the youth game, look through our article archives of tips, coaching plans, and special rules to find what you need to get started working with this fun age group!

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Soccer Rules & Basics

What are the Rules of Soccer?

How to Play Soccer

Soccer Field Dimensions and Layout

What are the Positions in Soccer?

Youth Soccer Defense

Assigning Defensive Positions

How to Choose the Right Soccer Defense

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Team’s Soccer Defense

Youth Soccer Offense

Assigning Offensive Positions

How to Choose the Right Soccer Offense

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Team’s Soccer Offense

What Is the Best Formation in 8 V 8 Soccer?

Score More Goals by “Condensing the Field”

Youth Soccer Practice

“The Ultimate Guide to Motivating Players – 30 Ways to Keep Your Players Focused and Working Hard ALL Season Long!”

How to Conduct a Meaningful Youth Practice

How to Structure Your Soccer Practices the Right Way

How to Keep Your Player’s Attention During Soccer Practice

How Much Running Should You Do In Soccer Practice?

Should You Incorporate Sports Training and Quickness Exercises into Your Soccer Practices?

Teaching Soccer Lessons Using Laughter

Coaching Youth Soccer Players with Different Skills Levels

8 Things a Coach Ought to Consider for Successful U7 Practices

Game Strategy & Situations

Soccer Game Strategies – Can Players Really Hear You?

Managing a Soccer Game and Substitutions the “Right Way”

18 Surefire Coaching Strategies to Deal with Difficult Parents (And Avoid Problems Before They Arise)

Coaching Young Kids

What Should You Teach Kids Based on their Age Level?

How to Teach Soccer Players Not to Bunch Up

Youth Player Appraisal

9 Important Team Rules for Players

What are the Most Important Soccer Skills You Should Teach Beginner Players?

Qualities of the Youth Coach

Becoming a GREAT Youth Coach

The Best Way To Get Your Youth Soccer Players To Learn New Skills

Beginner / Youth Soccer Drills

Breathing Room
Center of Town
Defensive Stop
Kick-Off
Musical Balls
Shoulder To Shoulder
One-on-One Enticement

Fun Drills & Skill Building Games

When working with young kids, one of the most import things is to keep your drills and practices fun. This will keep the kids interested in soccer, motivate them, keep their attention, and accelerate their development.

For some fun drills and fun practice ideas, check out these 50 Fun Soccer Drills & Skill Building Games.