Coaching tips

Successful youth soccer coaching

“Kids’ football (soccer) is all about the individual loving the game: dribbling and shooting, playing games and scoring goals, experimenting and copying. It is very simple and lots of fun. Adult football is all about the team and results. It is physical, tactical, complicated and very serious.” Tom Statham of Manchester United Academy Perhaps the […]

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Coaching U8 soccer players

It is the dream of every inexperienced coach to have a manual handed to him or her with all the answers to their problems. This coaching manual does have a section which includes simple drills and games for your practices, but it is intended to make you think, and understand exactly what you are getting […]

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Coaching mentality

“Small sided games, while no guarantee, are the best way to get children interested in soccer…” “Over and over again during matches and training sessions, situations occur that are suitable for “mental training”. This is because these situations have emotional ballast and it concerns a hobby they enjoy. That and playing in a team make […]

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Supercharge your team and win more matches

A lot of youth soccer coaches complain that their young players start slowly in matches and take at least five or ten minutes before they start to play, so these soccer coaching tips are designed to help combat this problem. To deal with this, I suggest changing the pre-match routine and using a simple tactic […]

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How to help new or weaker players

One problem that often causes problems for youth soccer coaches is pitching the session at the right level, so that it has something for everyone – the new or weaker players, the “average” players and the most skilful players. If your coaching sessions follow the traditional pattern of technical instruction/demonstration, followed by unopposed or 1v1 […]

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Analysing performance

I was asked recently by a fellow soccer coach whether it is worthwhile getting your young soccer players to go away after a match and analyse their performance in the match. The idea is that they would then deliver their analysis at the following training session. It’s common practice for academy players to write a […]

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How to coach a youth soccer team

One of the delights of youth football coaching is taking on a team of youngsters and watching them develop during a number of years. It’s great to see how children, who were as timid or didn’t know where to kick the ball, grow in confidence and learn new skills. But staying with the same team […]

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Let the game be the teacher!

To make your coaching effective with a team of youngsters (U10s), my advice is, ‘Let the game be the teacher’. We have to keep reminding ourselves that young players come to football training sessions to play football, not to be coached. So we should let them play. That doesn’t mean you can’t coach them – […]

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