Coach Education

The Importance of Free Play in Youth Sports
For the importance of free play in youth sports please Click HERE to read this excellent article by Keith Van Horn.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 9:29 AM

Injury Prevention and FIFA 11+ Warm-Up Routine
The following INJURY PREVENTION article from Soccer America has several excellent links to national and FIFA injury prevention programs including PEP (Prevent injury, Enhance Performance Program) and FIFA 11+.

Every DYSL coach U14 and older should incorporate FIFA 11+ exercises #1-6 below into every practice and every pregame warm up. Exercises #24 and #25 can be optionally added.

Chris Gaughan
12/28/16 8:49 PM

Coach to Develop Soccer Players
Every youth coach for all sports should view this video by Stan Van Gundy. While it pertains to basketball it is 100% relevant and applicable to youth soccer.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 7:59 AM

FAST FEET Home Soccer Workouts
This is an outstanding website for Dribbling and Footskills


Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 9:30 AM

UK Soccer On-Line Curriculum
To access the UK Soccer on-line curriculum go to:
Click the icon for ONLINE CURRICULUM
(alternatively Please click on HERE to access the LOGIN screen.)

User Name: DeltaYSL
Password: uksoccer

The User Name and Password are case sensitive and MUST be typed in exactly as shown.

Chris Gaughan
1/24/17 9:19 AM

Avoid Blowout Scores
Blowout scorelines are no fun for either team.
The winning coach is often unfairly accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, running up the score, stacking the team with ringers etc. etc.

What to do to avoid being put in this situation?
Have a "blowout plan", which should include discussing PRIOR to the game what to do once a blowout is likely.
Explain very clearly to the players that they must play the game with one or more of the following restrictions - these are examples but you can have your own:

- Get behind the defenders and cross laterally, or back to a team mate, before a shot can be taken.
- The only shots on goal MUST be from outside the penalty area
- Only one player is allowed to score (the player who has never scored)
- Put your top scorer in as goalkeeper
- Play a player down

It doesn't matter what the plan is, but make sure the players know and understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Do NOT play keep-away - this is more humiliating than running up the score
Do NOT yell "don't score" in a voice loud enough for the opponents/coach/parents to hear
Do NOT switch your defenders and attackers and expect this to solve the problem. Typically the defenders, who are not used to attacking, take great delight in scoring . . . making the situation worse.

What we are looking for is a good faith attempt on your part to avoid running up the score and embarrassing the other team. If you do that and can turn 12-0 into 7-0 then you are doing your part.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 7:58 AM

Avoid Getting Blown Out
If your team is conceding a lot of goals each game, it is time to work on your defense at practice and to have some game day plans to reduce the number of goals your team is conceding.

The following link gives some basic defending tips.
Click Defending Tips

Here are a couple of videos for first defender and second defender work.

Click Defending Video
Click Second Defender Video

Suggestions for Game Day
1) Instead of having your best players playing forward (where they stand on the 1/2 way line NEVER getting the ball), have them play defense or midfield
2) Man mark the opponent's best player with your strongest/fastest player, especially if this one strong player is scoring all the goals.
3) Stress that when the other team has the ball EVERY PLAYER is a defender
4) Make sure there are not huge gaps between each defender
5) Make sure there are not huge gaps between your defenders and your mids
6) Spread out when attacking but compact when defending
7) Closest player to the ball pressures. 2nd defender supports
8) If none of this works drop another forward back and play with an extra defender

Additional Suggestions
Watch a professional soccer game on TV. Watch the defenders and see what they do.
After your game on Saturdays, stay and watch the next game. See how other coaches have their defenders play.
Ask another coach to help you at practice.

Watch the following clips on Defensive Strategy STRATEGY to see how defenses should move.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 7:58 AM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Handball Guidelines
Do you yell "HANDBALL!" or "COME ON REF!" every time the ball hits an arm? Do you turn to your parents/sideline, throwing up your arms making comments about the ref's eyesight or competence, or saying things like "How did he NOT see that?"? or "He must be watching a different game to the one I am watching?"?

Click HERE to read an excellent article on the misunderstood rule that is 'Handball'.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:03 AM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Cut Out The Lectures
In all modern soccer coaching courses we stress 'No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures'.

Do not be THAT coach.

If your practice sessions consist of lengthy lectures, if your pre-game and 1/2 time talks are long and ineffective, if after every game your routine is a circle of entrapped players, sitting with heads bowed as you pontificate and gesticulate while telling the players everything they did 'wrong', then please click LECTURES to read the excellent article 'Lecture Them Not'

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:03 AM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Running Laps
In all modern soccer coaching courses we stress 'No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures'.

Do not be THAT coach.
If you are sending your players to run multiple laps at every practice for:
then please click LAPS to read the excellent article titled 'Soccer Conditioning Running Laps'

"A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push-ups with the tops of his fingers. To be great, he plays the piano"

Jose Mourinho

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:05 AM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Sideline Behavior
Do not be THAT coach.

Do you return from games hoarse from shouting? Do you, your assistant or the parents on the sideline regularly shout/yell at the referee, your own players and/or your opponents?
If so please click RESPECT to view the excellent video clip 'Ray Calls for Respect' from the English F.A.

Remember your game day responsibility consists purely of providing technical and tactical instruction from the confines of the technical area. As the head coach you are responsible for the behavior of yourself, your assistant(s) and your sideline.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:06 AM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Referees and Laws of the Game
As soon as the whistle blows to start the game, does your personality change? Do you fly off the handle when the ref misses a call? Do your veins start to bulge when a 'clear' offside call is not called? Does the ref have to come over to tell you to calm down? At half time and full time instead of talking to your players, do you make a beeline for the ref to discuss certain calls he made?
Do you, your assistant and your sideline/parents yell things like "Come on Ref", "Call it both ways", "Where's the call"?
Do you blame the ref for games your team loses?

Click on the attachment below to read the excellent article "Referees and the Laws of the Game - An Introduction for Coaches". Please read this to better understand the relationship all coaches need to have with the referees.

Remember your game day responsibility consists purely of providing technical and tactical instruction from the confines of the technical area. As the head coach you are responsible for the behavior of yourself, your assistant(s) and your sideline.

File: Referees_from_National_D_Manual.pdf
Chris Gaughan
9/25/17 8:30 AM

Do not be THAT Parent - Station Wagon Syndrome
For some kids playing soccer, their biggest battle doesnt occur on the field, but rather in the backseat of the car on the way home, as one or both parents give their minute-by-minute recap of the game.
Click on STATION WAGON SYNDROME to read the excellent article 'Bucking Station Wagon Syndrome'

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:08 AM

Let the Players Dribble
Its one of the most common screams heard on the youth soccer fields of America: "Pass it! Pass it! Pass it!"

Click HERE to read the excellent Soccer America Article on the importance of dribbling.

Chris Gaughan
12/28/16 7:31 PM

Defensive Strategy
Watch the following excellent clips on DEFENSIVE STRATEGY to understand game day defensive strategy.
Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 8:01 AM

USSF National 'F' Course
USSF National "F" License
The National F license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all first time coaches. This course is the first in the National series of coaching licenses and is and costs $25 which you can get reimbursed for by showing your certificate of completion.

Completion of this 'F' License will entitle U10 and older home league coaches to their bonus draft pick.

Click HERE to take the National "F" Course.

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 9:07 AM

USSF National 'E' Course
The 2017 USSF "National E" Course will be scheduled for February or March 2017.
Click 'E' Course Material to:
- Read and/or download the manual
- Read the US Soccer Curriculum (optional) Note: These are large files.
- Complete the Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
- The Instructor will contact all applicants prior to the class.

All three days will be at AYSC.
Classroom Session - Friday evening from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday Field and Classroom Sessions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AYSC click AYSC MAP for a map and directions

On Friday we will only be using the Mobile Office so it is easier to use the Wilbur/Apollo Court entrance and parking lot. Click HERE for a map and directions

Chris Gaughan
12/22/16 9:15 AM

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