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U10 Practice Sessions
Combination Play (Take-over, Wall-Pass)
Combination Play (Run-Around/Overlap, Double-Pass)
Defending (Pressure)
Defending (Pressure, Cover)
Dribbling (Penetration)
Dribbling (Possession)
Goalkeeping (Body Position, Footwork, Catching) 
Goalkeeping (Throwing)
Goalkeeping (Diving)
Goalkeeping (Kicking)
Heading & Volleying #1
Heading & Volleying #2
Passing (Short)
Passing (Long)
Receiving (Low Balls)
Receiving (Lofted Balls)
Shooting #1
Shooting #2

U12 Practice Sessions
Attacking Shape (Individual, small groups/units)
Attacking Shape (Small groups/units, Team)
Combination Play (2 players combining) 
Combination Play (3 or more players combining)
Defending (Pressure & Cover)
Defending (Zonal) #1
Defending (Zonal) #2
Penetration (Dribbling, Passing & Shooting) #1
Penetration (Dribbling, Passing & Shooting) #2
Possession (In small groups)
Possession (In larger groups/open spaces)
Speed of Play #1
Speed of Play #2
U14 - U18 Practice Sessions
Attacking (In the defensive 3rd...playing out of the back)
Attacking (In the middle 3rd…connecting from back to front)
Attacking (changing the point of attack)
Defending (In the defensive 3rd)
Defending (In the middle 3rd)
Functional Training of Forwards (1 forward)
Functional Training of Forwards (2 forwards)
Functional Training of the Central Midfielders
Functional Training of the Goalkeeper (Last defender, connection, communication)
3v3 attacking game with 3 neutral players
in the attacking 1/3
Develops creativity, passing, and
quick attacking play in 1v1 situations.

Under-10 Training Activities

U10 Shooting [pdf]
U10 Dribbling Possession [pdf]
U10 Dribbling [pdf]
U10 Defending [pdf]
U8-14 Training Circuit [pdf]
U10 Defending  [pdf]
U10 Possession I [pdf]
U10 Possession II [pdf]
U10 Dribbling I [pdf]
U10 Dribbling II [pdf]
U10 Passing [pdf]
U10 Passing I [pdf]
U10 Passing II [pdf]
U10 Passing III [pdf]
U10 Receiving Lofted Balls I [pdf]
U10 Receiving Lofted Balls II [pdf]
U10 Heading [pdf]
U10 Foot Coordination and Speed [pdf]
U10 Whole-Part-Whole [pdf]
U10 Shooting [pdf]
U10 Use of Space [pdf]
U10 Distribution [pdf]
U10 Defending [pdf]
U10 Tackling [pdf]
U10 Foot Coordination & Speed [pdf]

Under-12 Training Activities

U12 Goalkeeping: Handling Crosses [pdf]
U12 Zonal Defending [pdf]
U11-14 Recovery Training [pdf]
U12 Speed of Play [pdf]
U8-14 Training Circuit [pdf]
U12-19 Keeper Decision Derby [pdf]
U12 Throw-In Plays [pdf]
U12 Shooting to Score [pdf]
U12 The Third Attacker [pdf]
U12 Goalkeeper Near Post [pdf]
U11 First Defender
U12 Combination Play
U12 Block Tackle [pdf]
U12 Defending - Pressure and Coverage
U12 Dribbling [pdf]
U12 Dribbling [pdf]
U12 Passing [pdf]
U12 Passing [pdf]
U12 Spatial Awareness
U12 Defending
U12 Combination Play [pdf]
U12 Penetration
U12 Penetration [pdf]
U12 Penetration [pdf]
U12 Penetration [pdf]
U12 Crossing [pdf]
U12 Heading [pdf]
U12 Receiving and Passing [pdf]
U12 Possession [pdf]
U12 Tackling [pdf]
U12 Third Attacker [pdf]
U12 Systems of Play [pdf]
U12 Shooting [pdf]
U12 Shooting to Score [pdf]
U12 Finishing Games [pdf]
U12 Various Activities [pdf]


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Coaching Philosophy

  • Remember that you are an assistant to the game in teaching the players and an assistant to the players in their understanding of the game.

  • Prepare your practice sessions to meet the realistic challenges of the game by giving your players the chance to make decisions.

  • Never ridicule or yell at the players for making a mistake or losing a competition - kids play the game for enjoyment of the game and winning is only one aspect of the game.

  • Be organized at all times and ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

  • Although soccer is regarded as a players game, it is also to be enjoyed by non-players (i.e., coaches, referees, and spectators) - lead by example by showing your enthusiasm to the players.

  • Teach your players the rules of the game.

  • Recognize the importance of your behavior at games; criticism of the referee sets a poor example for players and parents - show good sportsmanship to your opponents and referee, both in victory and defeat.

  • Allow your own personality to be reflected at practice and at games - study and learn from other coaches, but don't attempt to copy someone else's coaching personality.