A good coach will vary his or her soccer training drills during practices.
There are so many different ways of coaching soccer, what you want to have are practices that the players like to come to and look forward to the next one.
I have found that there are basically 5 different tips or suggestions for coaching soccer to young players. Here are the 5 points.
1. Be Ready
A good coach comes ready with all of his soccer training drills and skill sets planned out. You also need to have the fun activities planned out. The worst thing is to have downtime for the players while you come up with the next drill.
2. No Downtime
If you have prepared ahead of time and have all your drills, skill sets and activities ready there should be no downtime. Downtime is deadly for a practice the players get bored while they wait for you and that is when you loose them and their interest.
3 Make Sure Your Practice Area Is Safe
Make sure that your practice field or area is safe and ready for the players. You will have to do this before the players show up or the night before. Simply go the field where you plan to practice and scope the ground for dangerous materials and discard them. The worst thing is to have a player making a slide tackle and getting cut up and he slide across a piece of glass.
You always need to make sure you have enough equipment for all the players to use. Extra balls, a pump to pump up flat balls, extra shin guards, goalie gloves, cones, pinnies, whistle etc. You don’t want to have to end a practice or not even start because you forgot equipment.
5. Be On Time
You will want to emphasis with your players and coaching the importance of being on time. You probably have a limited time on the field so making sure the players and coaches are ready to go at practice time is important. This will ensure that you have successful soccer training programs.
I have been a soccer coach for over 20 years and have many hours on the practice field. I have seem many players go from u10 teams to star on their high school teams, play on top rated club teams and some have gone on to play in college.