How To Coach Youth Soccer: 4-7 Years Old
For the 4-7 year old age group in youth soccer, the main thing is to have fun. Yes it is okay for the coach to be goofy during practices. It is a great thing to always interact with them in fun activities to make their soccer season a great experience.
"The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this:
if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does."
The coach should teach players how to correctly kick the ball and also introduce some basic passing skills. Players can and should still have fun while learning the fundamental basics of the game!. Coach, get ready for a lot of toe kicks instead of your awesome kicking techniques. "Sorry coach, I guess you thought it would be a piece of cake!?". Smile coach, that's the beauty of Youth Soccer Coaching. :)
So before the big first game of the season, there are some things you as the coach should think about in order to get your great team up and running and on the right track.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Make sure you understand that you are coaching very young players and in most cases with no prior soccer experience.
IT DEPENDS ON THE AGE GROUP
If you are coaching 4 to 7 year old players, you need to know that they will chase that ball all over the field. When I say “they” I mean all the players at the same time will fight for the ball. Players will get all bunched up on one part of the field. Like on a “ping pong soccer” kind of game. Same team players may steal the ball from one another. You will try to tell them not to do that, but remember they are 4-7 year old players, they may just ignore you. "Sometimes" they will be too busy chasing that ball. :)
Hey coach, don't get frustrated! Are they having fun? If they are having fun and coming back for practice you are doing a good job.
Players at this age group will most likely come back for the next practice because they are having fun. So let them have fun! You will correct things pointing them in the right direction as the season moves on.
- Don't make players run laps on the field.
- Physical fitness/conditioning does not apply.
- Don't even think about teaching headers.
- Challenge yourself to be a fun coach while at the same time developing these young players soccer skills.
- Pre game and post game speech? Ummm... hey coach, really?
- No tactical aspects should be introduced.
- Only fun activities allowed.
- Always use the ball for your activities.
- The more touches they get the better it is.
- Repeat instructions in a fun way, repeat, repeat. That's how it is! and remember, repeat it all in a fun way! :)
Did I say HAVE FUN repeating instructions? Okay I think you got the message coach. :)
Be a fun coach. It is okay to be goofy anything to catch these "little monsters" attention.
It is an amazing thing to work with this age group. It's all about having fun.
Have fun :)