The coach should start the soccer practice and get it flowing, so the players are having fun and enjoying the practice.
Coaching tip: The soccer coach should set the standard for the players as the soccer coach is the teacher, mentor and disciplinarian.
The coach can keep a soccer pump handy in case a soccer ball needs to be pumped up! I tell the kids to come and find me before soccer practice if they need the ball pumped up.
If I find flat balls in the session the players get the ball punted and have to go get it! NO FLAT SOCCER BALLS!
Now obviously, if you are dealing with 5 year old's go a little easier and don't punt the ball fifty yards or yell at them for not having a shirt tucked in.
When you are dealing with ten year old's that are Academy players, they should know better if you have let them know what the rules to follow.
You can only hold the players
accountable if you have taught them something or you have informed them
of the rules...this is communication!!!
Prepare for coaching...
When the coach gets to the soccer field...
Check out examples of soccer practice plans to get the kids off to a flying start.
If the coach is working with players that have not played soccer for very long I suggest the coach starts out with fun soccer drills.
Start a practice with fun...
Add a ball to the game...now all the players must dribble the soccer ball. If the players get tagged they take the practice vest and try to tag a player.
The session might start with a fun tag game and move into the technique. The coaches might be working on more specific dribbling moves like a step over or a Cruyff turn Once we have covered the techniques see if the players can perform them under pressure.
A very good friend of mine likes to reward the kids if they use the move in soccer practice or a game.
Here is some basic soccer communication that coaches can use. It really helps if players understand what you are saying during soccer practice.
These are just a few terms that are effective in getting the message across to your young soccer players. The coach will have to change the wording for really young soccer players.