"How to find and prepare for
a youth soccer tournament"

How do we find a soccer tournament? The coach or the team manager have to spring into action and get organized by going through the following steps.

  • Find a tournament that is the appropriate level for the kids.
  • Make sure your whole team can go. If not find guest players so you are not short handed.
  • Cost can be divided among the team which makes it very affordable for the families.
  • Local or travel? If you are a select team look at travel but otherwise go local. There are some good local tournaments in every area.
  • Register for the tournament - normally have online registration.
  • Check with the admin to see that they got your registration and payment.
  • Put together a schedule which should include maps/directions, soccer game times, breaks and weather.
  • Weather can be a factor so check on refund policy due to weather.

Coaching tip: Schedules normally come out a week prior to the tournament start date. So, prep your parents and players so they know what to expect.

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Get your team ready...

  • When the weather is very hot shorten warm up times or if mild you can do a full warm up.
  • You and the team have anywhere from 2-3 soccer games in a day so make sure your kids are hydrating 2-3 days prior to the games. I have a no soda rule, up to you!
  • Between games kids should be hydrating and resting not playing next to the fields...good luck! :)
  • No big greasy meals between games...you will have issues. Tell the parents to have the kids eat a lite meal.
  • Decide what you want to accomplish and teach in the tournament?
  • An example might be working on Shape defending or possession.

  • Coaching in a preseason tournament the coach might work on a particular aspect of the game.
  • Coaching in a post season tournament might just be having fun and competing.

Just a suggestion but guest players should never start! This will only infuriate your team and parents.

The team advances to the next round

Prepare the team...

  • Hydrate.
  • Rest.
  • Eat the proper foods.
  • Make sure the players have a very good warm up the next day because they will be tight and sore.

If the players and parents follow these guidelines they will be better prepared.

The benefits of a tournament

The players and coaches will get the following benefits...

  • Coach can spend lots of time with the team. Amazing what 2-3 games in a day will do for your team.
  • Keep it very positive no matter what the results, but if you have placed the kids in the right tournament and appropriate level it should be no problem.
  • Team building exercises.
  • Extra skills sessions during the warm up.
  • Helping individual players improve their game.

When the soccer team makes the next round of a soccer tournament, that is fantastic, you get to coach 2-3 more games. There is nothing like coaching a team and making a semi final or final.

It makes the soccer team more united and tougher. When the team does not advance the coach can still point out what the team has learned from playing in a soccer tournament together over the weekend, which is a great development tool for soccer coaches.

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