The Coach truly believes there is now an American style of soccer coaching and playing that speaks for itself. As such, this site is intended to provide the American coach with resources and tips that provide help for their program. Over time, this site will be updated to try to reflect this approach: the presentation of techniques for teaching, coaching, and administering youth soccer to advanced soccer for the full outdoor game in the United States. The first product was a “ Soccer Coaching Manual for An Instructional Program – Applicable to Pre‑Kindergarten (Pre-K) through Under-7 (U7).”
The instructional soccer manual is designed to provide an administrative structure for the program and all of the materials necessary for individual coaches and parents to conduct team instruction, including instructional youth soccer coaching drills and skills at the Pre-Kindergarten to U7 level. THIS DOCUMENT HAS MOST OF THE KIDS’ YOUTH SOCCER FUN GAMES IN ONE PLACE!
Additional articles include such topics as a reference to the rules for soccer as contained in the seventeen “Laws of the Game” published by the organization responsible for the rules of the sport world-wide, the International Football Association Board (IFAB); how to teach skills, such as an Introduction to Goalkeeping; features including “General Rules of the Road,” “An American Soccer Players Creed™,” Soccer Oral Communications, Soccer-Speedball, and a sample “Introductory Soccer Skills Clinic;” a Master Glossary of American Soccer Terms; and many more — please see the contents to the right or point to the tabs below for all of the articles. There is a lot of material that is unique to CoachingAmericanSoccer.com® such as the “19 Surfaces of the Soccer Shoe™.”
Future articles are expected to include officiating, skills and drills for all age groups, stretching, strength and fitness conditioning, and many more. PLEASE COME BACK BEFORE EACH FALL AND SPRING SEASON FOR NEW MATERIAL!!!
“The two most important needs for a soccer coach in America are education and playing experience. Education can come from websites, books and videos, but formal training provided by organizations like the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Federation is invaluable. There is no substitute for playing experience. If there are no adult teams or leagues available, start one. All it takes to begin is two people and a ball.” – John Harves
(Notes: 1. Regarding gender equity, articles may refer to “he;” both “he” and “she” are implied. 2. All players are to be taught all skills. It is acknowledged that specialization occurs with time, but young players are not served properly by being type-cast. 3. Terms like “U-7” (generally meaning “under seven years of age”) are used occasionally. This reflects a structure associated with age-appropriate competitions, but players learn at different rates! It is the coach’s responsibility to teach as much as possible as soon as it can be handled by the individual.)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: CoachingAmericanSoccer.com® deeply appreciates WILLIAM R. IANDOLO and NEIL E. GILLESPIE for their ongoing assistance and support of this site. Further, CoachingAmericanSoccer.com® thanks JOHN T. WHITE and RUSSELL M. PUSATERI for their contributions.
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