Coach's Corner

  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.