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Fall 2009 Mini Coaches' Kickoff Presentation

Mass Youth Soccer Practice Sessions

U6 Practice Sessions
Session #1
Session #2
Session #3
Session #4
Session #5
Session #6
Session #7
Session #8
Session #9
U8 Practice Sessions
Session #1
Session #2
Session #3
Session #4
Session #5
Session #6
Session #7
Session #8
Session #9
Special Activities and Games
2v3 plus 2v3 (Functional training for forwards and backs)
Backyard Activities (Activities to do alone or with a friend, Mom or Dad)
Bulldog (Passing/possession)
Four Corner Shooting
Get Outta' There (Fun, fast small-sided game activity)
Timed 4v2 (Possession game under pressure of time, space and opponent)

Under-6 Training Activities

U6 Ball Movement [pdf]
U6 Balance and Coordination [pdf]
U6 Moving with the Ball [pdf]
U6 and U8 Warm-up [pdf]
U6 Coordination Movement [pdf]
U6 Ball Work [pdf]
U6 Moving with Ball [pdf]
U6 Dribbling I [pdf]
U6 Dribbling II [pdf]
U6 Dribbling III  [pdf]

Under-8 Training Activities

U8 Training Games [pdf]
U8-14 Training Circuit [pdf]
U6 and U8 Warm-up [pdf]
U8 Partners [pdf]
U8 Passing I [pdf]
U8 Passing II [pdf]
U8 Dribbling [pdf]
U8 Pairs Activities [pdf]
U8 Small Group Play [pdf]
U8 Ball Control [pdf]
U8 Receiving Lofted Balls [pdf]
U8 Receiving [pdf]
U8 Lower Limb Coordination & Vision [pdf]

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]

Video Clips

SoccerInteractive's MINIs Videos
SoccerHelp U5 & U6 DVD Video Clips
CoerverUSA Change of Direction Videos
Australia's Coerver Coaching Videos

United States Soccer Federation

Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States - Player Development Guidelines

SYS Coaches Meeting

Spring 2008 Mini Coaches' Kickoff Presentation
Spring 2008 Mini Coaches' Kickoff Presentation
Fall 2007 Mini Coaches' Kickoff Presentation
Fall 2009 Mini Coaches' Kickoff Presentation

SYS Mini Coach Guide (PDF) Why Small-Sided Games? (PDF) Mass Youth Soccer - Statewide U6-U12 Curriculum (PDF)

U5 - U8 Rules


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.