Having your kids in soccer can be really good for them, but sometimes you may be asked to help coach. You may even be appointed to be the head coach of the soccer team. If so you’ll need a game plan and these tips are sure to help you when coaching soccer.
Pick your starters and make adjustments depending on pre game warm-ups. Have a good idea who will be starting the game and who will be subbed in later. Of course you’ll need to make changes if someone is absent or injured but having your lineup set beforehand can be very helpful.
No one likes to be put down. And being a coach that constantly tells kids they don’t play well will destroy your team before they ever take the field. Always give positive reinforcement when you tell them they aren’t doing something correctly. And always praise them when they do something good even if it was just a pass. The kids attitude has a big impact on how he or she will play and it they think they can do it, odds are they’ll be able to.
Let’s face it, sometimes you’ll have kids that are very good athletes and can run faster and kick harder than anyone else but don’t forget that everyone wants to play. Make adjustments in lineups at certain time intervals such as after every period. In a close game you may forget someone and they don’t get to play at all which you will likely hear about after the game from a parent.
No matter if you win or lose always give the kids a pep talk and tell them what they need to work on. Tell them some of the things they done good. It’s better not to single anyone out but use generalizations. For instance you could say: “You guys done very well and made some really good passes but lets make sure that defenders are not too close when passing”. Something like that praises the kids for passing but lets them know that passing to a defender is not good. It doesn’t single anyone out. Make sure to keep these tips in mind when you’re faced with coaching soccer.