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2018 Coaches Training Resources

U12- U14 session

Technique: It is important to establish a good strong solid base. The coach must develop individual skills under the pressure of time, space and an opponent and increase technical speed:

  • Dribbling: Encourage risk taking. Teach moves to beat an opponent and to keep possession.

  • Shielding: Spin turns, change of speed, change of direction.

  • Receiving: Ground and air balls — all surfaces from a partner and on the move.

  • Shooting: Proper striking technique, partner serve from all angles, turns, cut backs, volleys.

  • Passing: Emphasize the proper technique by using the laces; inside and outside of the foot and short and long crossing.

  • Heading: Start with self-serve, then add a partner to serve. Teach jumping to head, turning the ball and partner juggling. 
    NO HEADING for U12, propper heading is limited to no more than 30 minutes a week for U14

    Tackling: Teach the proper technique with emphasis on balance and having no fear.


Man City Circle

Flying Changes​

Fish in a Barrel

Coaches Self Reflection: 

1. What are my top five character strengths?
2. How do these strengths help me to be successful as a coach (and parent)?
3. Are there “shadow sides” (tendencies to over- or under-use) to any of my strengths?
4. What tends to happen if/when I over- or under-use the strengths listed above?
5. Who were the most influential people that helped me build character in my own sports life?
6. How can I be like those people to help my players GROW on and off the field?

Build Out Line

If you are coaching U10 Wings or U8 Passers, here's a couple videos from our friends at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer to help you understand the build-out line.

Build Out Line/Area Rules


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