Synopses & Reviews
Each year, 6.1 million kids aged 6 to 17 play soccer for more than 25 days a year, and each of their teams needs a coach. In many cases, the coach is a parent or adult volunteer who may not have any previous coaching (or even soccer) experience. This book provides these volunteers with a crash course in soccer and coaching fundamentals. It provides an easy-to-understand overview of soccer rules, positions, and strategies as well as imaginative, enjoyable drills to help kids improve their kicking, dribbling, headers, and play-making.
And, there's lots of advice on typical coaching challenges, from handling substitutions and playing time to encouraging good sportsmanship and involving parents.
Packed with drills and tips for practice and game days
The fun and easy way(r) to kick-start your soccer coaching skills
Volunteering as a youth soccer coach can be a great experience, both for you and your squad. But what if you've never coached before? Don't worry! This friendly guide explains soccer rules, shows you how to approach coaching, and gives you practical pointers on improving your team's soccer skills and encouraging good sportsmanship.
Discover how to
- Understand soccer rules
- Develop a coaching philosophy
- Teach soccer fundamentals
- Run great practices
- Lead your team during a game
- Communicate effectively with parents
About the Author
The National Alliance For Youth Sports
provides a wide range of programs for coaches, administrators, officials, parents, and young athletes.
Greg Bach is the Director of Communications for the Alliance.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started Coaching Soccer.
Chapter 1: Teaching Soccer to Children.
Chapter 2: Getting Organized.
Chapter 3: Getting Up to Speed with the Basics.
Part II: Building Your Coaching Skills.
Chapter 4: Meet the Parents.
Chapter 5: Getting to Know Your Team.
Chapter 6: Running a Great Practice.
Chapter 7: Getting Your Game On.
Chapter 8: Refining Your Approach at Midseason.
Part III: Beginning and Intermediate Soccer.
Chapter 9: Teaching the Fundamentals.
Chapter 10: Fundamental Drills.
Chapter 11: Coaching Offense 101.
Chapter 12: Coaching Defense 101.
Chapter 13: Coaching Restarts.
Chapter 14: Taking Practice Drills to the Next Level.
Part IV: Advanced Soccer Strategies.
Chapter 15: Coaching Offense 201.
Chapter 16: Coaching Defense 201.
Chapter 17: Implementing Advanced Drills.
Part V: The Extra Points.
Chapter 18: Keeping Kids Healthy and Injury Free.
Chapter 19: Dealing with Common Coaching Challenges.
Chapter 20: Taking Your Show on the Road.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make the Season Memorable.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to End the Season on a High Note.