How to Coach Soccer


Soccer coaching is not rocket science and can be a very fun and rewarding experience.

Coaching young soccer players puts the coach in a position of being one of the people in young player’s most important developmental stage for the sport and basics in life.

This means that the coach will play part in shaping the young player on and off the soccer field.

Soccer Coaches will teach, develop and grow young players in soccer and in life.

Coaching soccer is best done by passionate and motivated people that enjoy spending time with young players, teaching them more about the game, respect and positive habits off and on the field.

Soccer is a game where everyone keeps learning through time spent playing, watching, studying and coaching.

Every soccer coach should have some playing experience and a clear understanding of the game in order to be able to help and develop players in a positive way.

Coaches wanting to learn how to coach soccer should be involved in the sport and get the feel of what it’s like to play soccer.

Start learning how to coach soccer by learning the basic rules and fundamentals like passing, shooting and ball control.

Coaching soccer is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

Accepting the responsibility of being a soccer coach means being prepared to spend a lot of time for practice, games and local or out of state tournaments.

Coach will also spend time preparing and organizing things before games or practice in his/her free time.

Coaching soccer is another part time job with 10-20 hours per week invested.

This goes for serious coaches that train an organized club with normal game and practice sessions.

There are coaches that just do it as a hobby and their time spent coaching is drastically lower.

Coach is a role model for young players and should help them develop both as a player and as a young person.

How to coach soccer?

The most important part in learning how to coach soccer is to actually get started coaching soccer :)

Some coaches want to get involved to build a long term career in coaching; other coaches just want to learn how to coach soccer because of their children or family members wanting to play or already playing soccer.

Beginner coaches need to learn the rules of the game before anything else.

If you are more serious about coaching soccer you can start obtaining different soccer licenses.

Lower licenses E and D can usually be obtained in your state while higher licensing C, B and A is usually done in different states and will require traveling.

Soccer practice consists of:

  • Warm Up and Stretching
  • Small Sided Games/Drills
  • Big Sided Games/Drills
  • Cool Down and Stretching.

During games, coaches are responsible for setting up the formations and finding best suited position for the players at their disposal.

Coaches will make the necessary decisions when it comes to substitutions or any other decision concerning the team.

Youth Coaches will have to deal with the parents about many different issues; major one being the playing time of their kid :)

Learning how to coach soccer is not hard as long as there is passion for the sport and the will to learn and develop players and yourself as a coach and a better person.

Practice and games should always be in a relaxed atmosphere where no player is singled out no matter how skillful he/she is.

  • RESPECT goes 3 ways.

Players are there to listen and learn so when the Coach has something to say there should be respect shown on the player’s part by listening and not clowning around.

Best way to brake this cycle is by enforcing the team rule; if there is a number of players or even a single player causing disruptions during coaching sessions, the whole team should be punished with pushups, sit-ups, sprints, laps or other form of exercise not including the soccer ball.

This will teach the players big deal about teamwork and focusing on the team rather than I.  

Coaches should in turn respect the players by learning every player’s name, not taking favors, being on time and ready to begin at set time, having the practice/game organized and ready to go, and listening to players when they want to speak up about anything.

Parents need to respect the coach and his/her decisions concerning the team.

There is nothing worse than having parents try to take over the coaching position during the games by yelling at players from the sideline.

Whenever dealing with parents, coach should always have a meeting with the parents to discuss this type of behavior and remind them that a team has a coach for a reason.  

I hope you have a better understanding on how to coach soccer and there is a lot of information on the internet about different coaching sessions and plans for different levels of soccer coaching.

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