Soccer coaching is an extremely rewarding and fun experience for anyone who has had any involvement in soccer before or played soccer.
Depending on the age and playing level of the athletes, you may not need to learn everything right away. You can study the basics by reading manuals on the rules, basics of the game, and penalties. Then you can watch other games and learn something from other coaches, either local or televised, to get a feel for the rhythm of the game.
Below is a list of resources to help you along in your coaching abilities. Knowing why a drill is important is just as important as doing the drill, if you have any questions feel free to contact other coaches in the league for advice.
Here you will find resources from the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association director of coaching. http://www.michiganyouthsoccer.org/Page554.aspx
In each age group sub-section you will find: Player Characteristics
- Coaching Best Practices
- Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Content
- Practice Day Coaching - Teaching Progression
- Game Day Coaching - Systems & Styles of Play
- Training Session Plans
The Six Principles of Coaching from the NSCAA Foundations of Coaching course.
Developmental Training Block Examples
MSYSA All Age Group Skills Progression
MSYSA U8 Skills Progression
MSYSA U10 Skills Progression
MSYSA U12 Skills Progression
MSYSA Jr. High Skills Progression
MSYSA Online Coaching Modules
USSF “E” License Candidate Guidebook
USSF “E” License Goalkeeping Guidebook
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Instructional Videos (at bottom of page are links to many drills sorted by age group and type)
US Youth Soccer Youtube Channel
Coventry Coaching Corner - Coaching Drills from the UK, select a category along the right side near the introduction video.