Coach's Corner

What to do at Soccer Practise

The most important skill is dribbling. At early ages or for beginners, the most important thing to practice is dribbling.

If your team is U4 or U6, focus on dribbling.  If your team is U8 or older you will progress to control dribbling, passing and receiving, throw – in, and how to “chip” the ball.  Choose the games that are most effective and use the extra practice time to play the games that teach the skills you need to improve on.

For U4’s and U6’s

  • Follow the Coach (Follow the Leader)
  • Dribble Around / Through a Cone
  • Coach Says (Simon Says)
  • Soccer Bowling, using pylons
  • Pass in Pairs, moving farther apart
  • Shots on Goal, moving farther back (with or without goalie)
  • Pass in a Circle with person in the middle (add pylons to knock down)

 

U8’s and Older

  • All of the Above Games
  • Dribble Across a Square
  • Driving School (Coach Gives Direction: Left Turn, Stop etc.)

U6 Guidelines

  1. Coaches please arrive early to get size 3 balls from storage unit and check nets and fields are set up and safe.
  2. Warm up and work on active drills to develop movement with and without the ball as well as fun, safe and challenging learning of the game for the first 30 minutes and a game for the last 30 minutes.
  3. Find new drills and fun games at www.footy4kids.co.uk
  4. Game played with 5 players including a goalie if possible.  All players MUST wear shin guards.  Players should not wear anything else dangerous to themselves or to other players such as sunglasses, ball caps and jewelry.
  5. Team coaches will referee games and a parent should help sub players frequently to all positions.
  6. At the start of the game and after each goal, there will be a kickoff at centre field.  Each team must start in their own defensive half until the ball is kicked which must go forwards.
  7. The ball is out of play when the whole ball has crossed the whole endline or sideline or the coach has stopped the game for any reason.  The ball is in play at all other times including when it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or the coach.
  8. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the whole endline between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
  9. There are no off-sides or penalty kicks.
  10. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player kicks, trips, holds or pushes an opponent, plays in a dangerous manner or deliberately uses the hands or arms to play the ball.  All free kicks are indirect meaning a goal cannot be scored until the ball first contacts some other player on either team.  Free kicks are taken from the place where the infraction occurred.  Opposing players must be a distance from the ball until it is kicked.
  11. A goal kick, taken by the goalie, is when a player on the attacking team is the last player to touch the ball over the endline not between goal posts.
  12. A corner kick is taken by the attacking team when a player from the defending team is the last person to touch the ball over their own endline and not between the goal posts.
  13. When a player kicks the ball beyond the sidelines, the other team is awarded a throw-in.  Please give players two tries to throw ball from behind head and feet on the ground.  Also keep other players a few steps back.
  14. Try not to emphasize the score of the game.
  15. All players and coaches should shake hands at the conclusion of game.
  16. Coaches should ensure all players are picked up and balls are back in storage.If coaches are unable to make a game, please ask a parent stand in for you.
  17. Weather permitting soccer is on Wednesdays from 6-7pm and Saturdays from 10-11am.

U8 Guidelines

  1. Coaches please arrive early to get size 3 balls from storage unit and check nets and fields are set up and safe.
  2. Warm up and work on active drills to develop movement with and without the ball as well as fun, safe and challenging learning of the game including passing and receiving skills and dribbling the ball for the first 30 minutes and a game for the last 30 minutes.
  3. Find new drills and fun games at www.footy4kids.co.uk
  4. Game played with 6 players including a goalie if possible.  All players MUST wear shin guards.  Players should not wear anything else dangerous to themselves or to other players such as sunglasses, ball caps and jewelry.
  5. Team coaches will referee games and a parent should help sub players frequently to all positions; goalie, 2 defense, 3 forward.
  6. At the start of the game and after each goal, there will be a kickoff at centre field.  Each team must start in their own defensive half until the ball is kicked which must go forwards.
  7. The ball is out of play when the whole ball has crossed the whole endline or sideline or the coach has stopped the game for any reason.  The ball is in play at all other times including when it rebounds from a goalpost or crossbar.
  8. A goal is scored from anywhere on the field but cannot be scored directly from a kick-off, goal-kick or throw-in, when the whole of the ball has passed over the whole endline between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
  9. There are no off-sides or penalty kicks.
  10. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player kicks, trips, holds or pushes an opponent, plays in a dangerous manner or deliberately uses the hands or arms to play the ball.  All free kicks are indirect meaning a goal cannot be scored until the ball first contacts some other player on either team.  Free kicks are taken from the place where the infraction occurred.  Opposing players must be a distance from the ball until it is kicked.
  11. A goal kick, taken by the goalie, is when a player on the attacking team is the last player to touch the ball over the endline not between goal posts.  The ball is placed anywhere inside the goal area.
  12. A corner kick is taken by the attacking team when a player from the defending team is the last person to touch the ball over their own endline and not between the goal posts.
  13. When a player kicks the ball beyond the sidelines, the other team is awarded a throw-in.  If  a throw-in is unsuccessful for the second time, proceed with the game reminding the player of the correct technique.   This is two hands on the ball, throw the ball from behind head and both feet on the ground.  Also keep other players a few steps back.
  14. Try not to emphasize the score of the game.
  15. All players and coaches should shake hands at the conclusion of game.
  16. Coaches should ensure all players are picked up and balls are back in storage.
  17. If coaches are unable to make a game, please ask a parent stand in for you.
  18. Weather permitting, soccer is on Wednesdays from 6-7pm and Saturdays from 10-11am.

U10 Guidelines

  1. Coaches please arrive early to get size 4 balls from storage unit and check nets and fields are set up and safe.
  2. Warm up and work on active drills and skills including locomotor, stability, dribbling, shooting, passing, controlling, ball juggling and heading in fun, safe and challenging ways.
  3. Find new drills at www.footy4kids.co.uk
  4. Game played with 7 players including a goalie.  All players MUST wear shin guards.  Players should not wear anything dangerous to themselves or to other players such as sunglasses, ball caps and jewelry.
  5. Team coaches will referee games if a certified referee does not show.  In that case, a parent will have to help the coach with subbing.  Players should try all positions; goalie, defense and forward.
  6. At the start of the game and after each goal, there will be a kickoff at centre field.  Each team must start in their own defensive half until the ball is kicked forward across centre line.  The team who wins the coin toss will get the opening kickoff. 
  7. The ball is out of play when the whole ball has crossed the whole endline or sideline or the coach/referee has stopped the game for any reason.  The ball is in play at all other times including when it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or the coach/referee.
  8. A goal is scored from anywhere on the field but cannot be scored directly from a kick-off, goal-kick or throw-in, when the whole of the ball has passed over the whole endline between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
  9. There are no off-sides or penalty kicks.  Encourage kids to play near the ball not to wait by opposing goalie; ie: ‘cherry-picking’.
  10. A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player kicks, trips, holds or pushes an opponent, plays in a dangerous manner or deliberately uses the hands or arms to play the ball.  All free kicks are indirect meaning a goal cannot be scored until the ball first contacts some other player on either team.  Free kicks are taken from the place where the infraction occurred.  Opposing players must be a distance from the ball until it is kicked.
  11. A goal kick, taken by the goalie, is when a player on the attacking team is the last player to touch the ball over the endline not between goal posts.  The ball is placed anywhere inside the goal area.
  12. A corner kick is taken by the attacking team when a player from the defending team is the last person to touch the ball over their own endline and not between the goal posts.
  13. When a player kicks the ball beyond the sidelines, the other team is awarded a throw-in.  Coaches please remind players of proper technique; two hands on the ball, throw the ball from behind head and both feet on the ground, may drag back toe.
  14. Goalkeeper may not touch the ball with his/her hands if the ball has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a teammate.  Whenever goalkeeper makes a save referee should encourage him/her to immediately throw, punt or kick the ball.  No opponent may interfere with the goalkeeper releasing possession of the ball after making a save.  Once he/she releases the ball from his/her possession he/she cannot play the ball again with hands until some other player has contacted it.  Bouncing the ball to him/herself does not count as releasing the ball from his/her possession.  A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if any of these infractions are committed.
  15. All players and coaches should shake hands at the conclusion of game. 
  16. Coaches should ensure all players are picked up and balls are back in storage.
  17. If coaches are unable to make a game, please ask a parent to stand in for you.
  18. Weather permitting, soccer is on Wednesdays from 6-715pm and Saturdays from 10-1115am.  Both days are a 25 minute warm-up and drills, 5 minute drink, rest and get ready to play 20 minutes first half of game, 5 minutes drink and change ends, then 20 minutes second half of game.