Remember that most of the kids you coach will NOT become professional athletes. Most will become parents, some will become coaches, and hopefully all will become a good citizen who view sport as a healthy and enjoyable pastime.“The
world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”Give some thought to what you are doing as a coach and why you are doing it. Think about your coaching philosophy and your coaching style. You will probably base your style and philosophy on your own experience with sports (past coaches, etc.) and your belief in the purpose of youth sports. Ask yourself, “What is the purpose of youth sports? Why am I coaching? What is my objective as a coach?” Thinking about these questions should provide positive goals that you can keep in mind throughout the season. Coaching a soccer team is a unique opportunity. As a coach, you serve as an authority figure and a role model, a leader and a mentor. What you do and don’t do, what you say and don’t say, can have a profound impact on your players on and off the field for the rest of their lives. You are in a position to affect a child’s self-image and to help form character traits. You can help build the foundation for a positive attitude regarding teamwork, hard work, and fair play. What effect will you have this season? Next season? What legacy will you leave five years from now? Twenty years from now? What will your players think of you when they look back as adults on their childhood sports experiences? If you have made the commitment to coach , why not be a good coach? Why not help players develop to their potentials but not only in soccer.


As a Youth Coach our responsibility to bring the game of soccer to our young players. There is not just “one way” to teach soccer to players, nor is there just one style of coaching. There is a broad spectrum of styles and methods for how each of us experiences the game. Some of this comes from our backgrounds, while some of this also is the product of our own personalities. At the youth and junior levels, however, there is a set of fundamental principles that must be considered by anyone involved with soccer. In general, young soccer players require a certain amount of uninterrupted play. This allows them to experience soccer first hand.  The coach’s long term goal is to prepare the player to successfully recognize and solve the challenges of the game on his or her own. It is vital that the coach approaches soccer with this in mind. The town and club coaches who work with our youth and junior players on a daily basis play a fundamental role in the development of soccer players in this country. Towns and clubs should strive to place experienced coaches who have a clear understanding of the value of teaching technique at the youth and early junior levels. Equally important is the coach’s personality and character. Working with 6- to 14-year-old children requires patience, kindness and respect. Coaching soccer can be confusing at times because the game changes dramatically as the players improve in both skill and physical ability.