Coach’s Info


This year we owe a large Azzurri “THANK YOU” to our House League Coordinators / Coaches to Michael, Bruno and Andrew for their tireless work putting on our program this year!!!  They have put in thousands of hours ensuring that each night goes off without a hitch.  If you see them, shout out “Thank you”.  There would have been no house league without them. 


Coaches Information Meeting

Even though soccer is currently on hold, we would like to let you know what is planned for this coming season.  Join us Saturday morning for further information.  See below and register with Michael Macri by email: or phone 416.451.0631.  Look forward to chatting on Saturday.

Sports Injuries – Concussion Education

The Toronto Azzurri forKicks & Arts program managed by Stephen Hicks, has partnered with Holland Bloorview to present a  seminar at the Toronto Azzurri Sports Village on the education of pediatric concussions.  As experts in pediatric concussion, Holland Bloorview is dedicated to providing the community with the most up-to-date evidence and resources for concussion prevention, identification, and management. 

All coaches, parents and players should be informed about the importance of recognizing the signs of a concussion and the steps and management techniques needed for a safe and speedy recovery.

The Concussion Handbook

Informed by experts in youth concussion from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Concussion Centre, the Concussion handbook is designed to help with your concussion management and recovery.

Whether you’re a kid or teenager who recently suffered a concussion, or a parent of someone dealing with concussion, the management techniques laid out in this concussion handbook can help to speed up the path to recovery.

Recovery times from concussion can vary from days to weeks to months, and while some of that is based on the injury itself, you can also help improve your recovery time by resting your brain and body. You can also accidentally prolong your recovery by doing too much too soon, suffering repeated concussions, or if you have other complicating factors such as: ADHD, learning disabilities, headaches, sleep or emotional problems.

Download the Concussion Handbook

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OSA Grassroots Practices You Can Use

The Ontario Soccer Association Player Development department continues to put together a practice for coaches to use with their players across the province.

Each week will focus on one of the three LTPD development stages at the Grassroots level, which includes Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train.

In this week’s session, the Grassroots department has focused on Fundamentals

Click here to read this week’s practice on Fundamentals.

Ever miss a Grassroots practice? You can find them all here.

And be sure to check out our Grassroots Practice Video Series, presented by HUB International.

The top 10 Qualities of a good Soccer Coach.

img_8968Who has been volunteered by someone else to coach a soccer youth team? Or, who put their hand up to take on the role because no one else would? I think a lot of us have been in this situation before. Soccer coaching or anyform of sports related coaching can be one of the most daunting tasks you will ever undertake, however it can also be one of the most rewarding. The benefits are you get to spend time with your child, be outdoors and share a common interest with them. With everyone’s time being so precious these days, making time now to share your child’s interests will help cement your relationship with them for years to come.

If you find yourself in this position now as a new soccer coach, you may be feeling that you don’t have what it takes. You might know how to play soccer or you might not have any knowledge of the game at all. Don’t let this concern you as there is a lot of information onsoccer available and knowledge can be acquired.

I feel before anything else, there are certain qualities a coach should possess to be able to undertake the role effectively. These qualities can be applied to any coaching role, at any level, not just soccer coaching. These qualities that I have listed below are by no means exhaustive nor are they listed in order of importance as I feel they are of equal importance.
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Coaching Youth Soccer Successfully

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.

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Coaches Info Feeds

Get all the information you need to run a successful outdoor program from these soccer coaches news feeds.   You will be able to learn from various soccer tips, drills, and training guides.  There are also coaching guides and blogs to help any coach learn the proper techniques and methods to become a successful coach for all your players.  Click here for a list of coaching resources.

Dealing with Overly Helpful Soccer Parents

Although it is massively important that the soccer parents attend their children’s soccer games and soccer training in order to offer support and encouragement, it can become very annoying when they start getting overly helpful. This can become very disruptive and contribute to upsetting the well laid out plans that you have worked hard on refining. When a witnesses another parent giving instructions to players it is natural for some of them to start doing the same. This can severely disrupt the children’s concentration while driving them crazy in the process.

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