Coaching Resources

Our Program: Coaching Resources

*In many cases, the club will pay for coaches' training.  Please contact us prior to purchasing the course to confirm the club will reimburse you.*

 

If you are first-time soccer coach, please read this guide.

 

If you need any help or advice, please contact our Director of Coaching (coaching@southernlehighsoccer.com)....we are here to help!

 


Southern Lehigh Soccer Intramural General Rules of Play

Here is a downloadable and printable guide.

U5/U6

  • Coaches
    • Bring a whistle
    • Bring stop watch (one is on your phone)
    • Make sure to sub every 5 minutes for = playing time
  • Set-up
    • 30 minute skills/drills practice followed by 30minute game
    • Game 30 minutes = 2x15 minute halves, sub every 5 minutes
  • Game
    • Each team starts on half they were practicing on
    • Coaches = make sure your players know what goal they are shooting at!
    • 4 v 4 playing into pop-up goals (NO GK)
      • Coaches remind players to not stand in center of goal and use their hands
    • Remind kids = No hands
      • If a player catches ball or using their hands, it’s a kick for the other team at the spot of the foul
    • Start game with a tap = 2 players from same team go to midfield center and 1 player taps the ball to other player to start play
  • Ball out of bounds on sideline à kick in other team near where the ball crossed the line
    • As season goes on you can teach throw-ins during practice time and have kids attempt this. If not comfortable just have them kick-in
  • Ball out of bounds on end line à
    • Kicked out by defense = corner kick
      • Coaches pick a player to put the ball in the corner area and kick the ball. Tell player to kick towards their teammates and other teams goal
    • Kicked out by offense = ‘6 kick’ àhave coach place ball a couple feet onto field on the side of the goal and pick a player to kick the ball to teammates
      • If team kicking the ball is struggling to get it out of their end, other team should move players back to midfield until the ball is kicked
    • Goal scored = tell teams to go back to their sides like at the start of the game and the team who was scored on now has the ball to start. Have 2 players tap ball around midfield to start game back up

HAVE FUN! REMIND KIDS TO TRY AND SPACE OUT, BUT THEY WILL GO TO THE BALL SO GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE!

 


U7

  • Coaches
    • Bring a whistle
    • Bring stop watch (one is on your phone)
    • Make sure to sub every 5 minutes for = playing time
  • Set-up
    • Game 40 minutes = 4x10 minute quarters, sub every 5 minutes
  • Game
    • Each team starts on their half
    • Coaches = make sure your players know what goal they are shooting at!
    • 5 field players and 1 GK = 6v6 into goals (you decide your formation)
    • Remind field players = No hands
      • If a player catches ball or using their hands, it’s a kick for the other team at the spot of the foul
      • IF inside the goalie box, move the ball outside the box to kick
      • NO Penalty Kicks (PKs)
    • Start game with a tap = 2 players from same team go to midfield center circle and 1 player taps the ball to other player to start play
  • Ball out of bounds on sideline à throw in for other team
    • Remind thrower both feet stay on grass and throw ball over their head
  • Ball out of bounds on end line à
    • Kicked out by defense = corner kick for attacking team
      • Coaches pick a player to put the ball in the corner area and kick the ball. Tell player to kick towards their teammates and other teams goal
    • Kicked out by offense = ‘6 kick’ àcoaches can have GK or another player kick the ball back into play. Ball should be placed on the 6’ line.
      • If team kicking the ball is struggling to get it out of their end, other team should move players back to midfield until the ball is kicked.
    • Goal scored = tell teams to go back to their sides like at the start of the game and the team who was scored on now has the ball to start. Have 2 players tap ball to start game back up
    • Goalkeeper = allowed to use his/her hands inside the goalie box (18’ box)
      • When goalie has the ball other team should back up and allow GK to throw ball to a teammate
      • Goalies should not be punting the ball (not allowed in u8 NVSL)
    • For the first two weeks teams can scrimmage the other team they are sharing a field with during that last 15 minutes.
    • All of the U7 teams have high school assistants - some even 2.
    • Coaches let your assistants ref the games and coaches ‘Coach’ from the sideline to get players ready for Rec games.

 


 

Websites to help coaches develop training sessions:

  • YouTube
    • Search ‘youth soccer drills’, ‘soccer drills’ and enjoy!

 

Click the links below for course dates and locations:

U.S. Youth Soccer Coaching Resources

Whether you are an experienced coach or coaching for the first time in your life, US Youth Soccer has the resources to help you before, during and after the game.

  • Lesson Plans, First-Time Coaches, Rules of the Game, Video Clips, Documents from the Doc's Desk, Coaching Articles, Continuing Education, Workshop & Archived Presentations

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Coaching Education

This is the preferred training curriculum which we encourage our coaches to use in an age-appropriate manner...

  • Scheduled Licenses & Courses, The Evolving Game (Newsletter), U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway, Training Exercises & Sessions, Intramural Curriculum, Video Sessions & Exercises, Chalk Talk, 3 Q's with a Coach and Thoughts from the Bench.

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U6 Season Plan -EPYSA.pdf
U8 Season Plan - EPYSA.pdf
U10 Season Plan - EPYSA.pdf
U12 Season Plan - EPYSA.pdf
U14 Season Plan - EPYSA.pdf
U16 Season Plan - EPYSA.pdf

 

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Session Plans

This is an alternative curriculum which we encourage coaches to use in their training sessions.  Session Plans are organized by Player Age Groups and by Training Themes. Each Practice Plan is designed specifically to be age appropriate. Age groups are designated in even years (i.e. U6, U8, U10, etc.) but the sessions are also appropriate for the odd year preceding the age group listed (e.g. U6 practice plans are appropriate for U5 players). If you believe that your players need more or less challenge, feel free to try Practice Plans in an older or younger age group.

Additional Reference:

Developing Players to the Best of Their Ability: U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives