About Steve Watson, footy4kids editor
One day my young son’s soccer coach either retired or just gave up ( I can’t remember which) and the club approached the parents for a volunteer to run the team. For some reason, I put my hand up and – hey presto! – I was a youth soccer coach!
I tried to make my first training sessions fun and effective but they were hard work and not a little stressful. I remember having problems with discipline and I wasn’t too sure how to teach the basic soccer skills. To be honest, I felt like giving up.
But after going on a few coaching courses, reading loads of books and manuals and checking out dozens of websites, I began to realise where I was going wrong.
I made a few simple changes to the way I prepared and managed my football coaching sessions and straightaway they became more productive and enjoyable for everyone – including me!
In an attempt to help other people who suddenly find themselves in charge of a youth soccer team, I’ve collected together all of the information that I’ve ever found useful and published it on this site together with articles that I’ve written myself and contributions from the staff at Green Star Media, including David Clark (UEFA B license and FA youth module 1, 2 and 3 qualified), Mike Beale (an English Premier League academy coach) and Tony Carr (a consultant on youth development at English Premier League club West Ham United).
On this site you’ll find more than 700 pages of coaching games, small sided games (SSGs), articles, practice plans, tactics, health and safety, how to teach soccer skills, the basics of youth soccer coaching and a lot more!
I’m pretty sure that everything you need to be a successful youth soccer coach is here. But if you need something special or you can’t find what you want, send me an email and I’ll do my best to help!
Steve Watson, editor