You have one practice before your games begin. You’ve got to make the best use of your time, resources, and players. Unless the players are 3-4 year olds, forget getting creative, focus on skill-building and teamwork. Indoor soccer is highly structured time-wise. You are scheduled for an hour and when that hour is done, you’re […]
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Coaching the Special Needs Child in U10 Soccer
You’ve just found out that one of your players is severely allergic to peanuts and another has asthma which is mostly controlled. Coaching the special needs child is just like coaching the rest of the team except with a few special accommodations. Peanut, Tree Nut, and Milk Allergy Food allergies are more prevalent, so chances […]
Choosing Age-Appropriate Soccer Drills
Knowing what drills to choose for practice depends on the age group of the players (U4 to U16) and their skill level (never played soccer before to experienced). Choosing age-appropriate soccer drills also depends on whether you are playing competitive or recreational soccer, indoor or outdoor. If you are playing indoor recreational soccer, you generally […]
I Volunteered to Coach Soccer: Now What Do I Do?
Facing a team of expectant players ready for instruction can be daunting, but don’t panic. Here’s a quick primer: Set up a parent meeting. This is fine over the phone or email. Email makes life easy as you can attach the practice and game schedules, team roster, confirm contact information, and other policy guidelines. Reiterate […]