T-CYSA relies on a large number of volunteer coaches.
Keep Track Of Your Players The Easy Way
It's a problem that every coach faces sooner or later: How do you keep track of how long your players have been on the field and where they are supposed to be? Well now there's an easier way. It's called Coach's Clock.
- Training Session Diagram
US Youth Soccer Introduces Practice Guides for U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 Age Groups
FRISCO, Texas (May 6, 2013) — The US Youth Soccer Coaching Department has introduced its latest coaching resources with three age-specific practice activity guides. The three guides — for the U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 age groups — give coaches an idea of what should be covered throughout a season while highlighting activities that focus on development in a low-stress, fun-filled environment.
Each resource covers multiple types of practice activities, from warm-ups and individual training to small-sided and group games. The exercises are tailored to meet the cognitive and physical characteristics of each age group.
The guides each contain individual activity descriptions with accompanying coaching points, so coaches are aware of what to watch for during each exercise. With 20 sessions broken down in each guide, there are more than enough activities to meet the needs of any youth soccer season.
US Youth Soccer U6-U8 Practice Activities
- Provides a list of varying characteristics of Under-6 and Under-8 players in regards to sports.
- How to play Small-Sided Games with “large” rosters.
- Activities focus on individual soccer skills that build on one another.
US Youth Soccer Under-10 Practice Activities
- Provides a list of characteristics of Under-10 players.
- Advice on how to connect with the youth athlete.
US Youth Soccer Under-12 Practice Activities
- Information on inserting tactics into training.
- Activities geared toward development and decision-making.
The practice activity guides can be very beneficial to those new to coaching youth soccer and act as a useful resource for experienced youth coaches. You can download all three practice activity guides below, as well as other useful resources from the US Youth Soccer Coaching Department.
Coaches Document Center [link]
Includes the Player Development Model, Vision Document, Skills School and Coaching Manual
Training Session Template [link]
Coaches Section: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/
US Youth Soccer materials:
T-CYSA has partnered with Byte Size Coaching to make an Internet-based tool available to our coaches to help them plan training sessions. We expect it to be especially useful to novice coaches, but experienced coaches should also be able to benefit from it.
To access the tool, click the link below, click “Coach Login”, and supply the T-CYSA username and password if prompted.
- And Again
- Better Soccer, More Fun
- Coaching Soccer 101
- George Lasher’s coaching site
- Inside Soccer
- Jeff Pill’s coaching site
- Soccer Club
- Soccer Help
- Soccer Soul
- World Sports Network
Watch this space for notices about meetings, clinics, etc.
Interactive Training Website
US Soccer has partnered with EA SPORTS to develop a website designed to help U8-U12 players improve their technical skills.
Why Small-Sided Games?
US Youth Soccer has thought long and hard about the answer to the
question, "Why Small-Sided Games?"
What does "Small-Sided Games" mean? These are soccer games with
fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. These are fun games that involve the
players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.
All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on our
younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for "number of players" at
the various age groups are as follows:
U6 | 3 against 3 no goal keepers
U8 | 4 against 4 no goal keepers
U10 | 6 against 6 with goal keepers
U12 | 8 against 8 with goal keepers
U13+ | 11 against 11 with goal keepers
Here are some of the reasons why we believe, as soccer coaches, administrators and
parents must guarantee that our young soccer players play small-sided games:
1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become
more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions
during the game! (Tactical development)
3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space
they are playing in! (Reduced field size)
4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the
coach! Fewer players on the field and fewer players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to
feel worthy and need to feel important)
5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the
game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides
of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals!
8. Because we want to include children of all temperaments, assertive to shy, to have more
opportunities to interact with others and the game! (Socialization)
These are the reasons why we adults must foster "Small-Sided Games" in our youth
soccer programs. The "Small-Sided" environment is a developmentally appropriate
environment for our young soccer players. It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the
young soccer player.
It just makes sense doesn’t it?
Coaching Guide From US Soccer
Click here to read about a publication from US Soccer titled Best Practices For Coaching Soccer in the United States, a 70 page PDF file downloadable from that page.
Recreational Rules of Competition
Coaches: Please be sure that your players and parents are familiar with the rules of competition for their age group.
Thank You, Coaches!
All your time and effort is very much appreciated. Our kids will benefit from your training and experience. Congratulations to all of the coaches that have participated in the coaching license programs!