If you are involved in coaching youth soccer, there are a couple of things that you should try to focus on the most if you aspire to be successful. Firstly you should have a plan for every soccer training session and secondly you should be focusing on making training sessions as much fun as possible for everyone involved. I don’t just mean the kids. Soccer coaches should also find as much enjoyment as possible when leading the sessions.
Young children need a disciplined environment to learn effectively but they also need that environment to be both fun and encouraging. The important thing to remember is that a successful youth soccer coach spends time to plan training sessions carefully. Having a plan that lays out the fundamentals that will enable your team to achieve success now and in the future will set you on the right road towards becoming a successful soccer coach. There is nothing worse than being unprepared for a coaching session. It doesn’t matter if you are coaching the U5’s or an U17 team, as a coach, you need to be prepared for the session.
When planning training sessions for your players you will need take into account their ages and skill levels. If the children you are coaching are especially young, the sessions that you plan need to be highly focused on ensuring they gain the most fun and enjoyment out of the experience. The majority of soccer coaching sessions tend to follow a similar patter that covers all of the basics.
Soccer training sessions will usually start with a warm up. This will help raise the children’s heart rate and stretch their muscles. This can be followed by a demonstration of a particular skill or technique that the coach would like them to learn. The session will then move on to a period of fun exercises that encourage the children to practice the skill or technique that they have just learn t. A small-sided soccer game in which the children are able to express themselves and enjoy without any intervention from coaches will most often end the training session.
Successful youth soccer coaching requires that you understand the importance of the fun element in the children’s training sessions. Try to maintain a relaxed atmosphere that allows the children to express themselves and just play soccer. Although an element of discipline is of course important with ground rules that everyone understands you don’t want come across in the style of a P.E teacher.
A successful youth soccer coach always treats everyone of his players with the maximum respect, listening to the children’s views and ideas when they express them. Coaching youth soccer is about letting the children develop their technique and individual playing styles in a fun, relaxed environment lead by a soccer coach who understands their needs.