YOUTH SOCCER TEAM
Review by Koach Karl Dewazien
Here is the book you’ve all been waiting for!
’Organizing Your Youth Soccer Team’ is the perfect complimentary book to my ‘FUNdamental Practice’ system. The over 100 drills and exercises are easily modified to fit into my game playing philosophy. Every coach from total beginner to seasoned vet will, without a doubt, benefit greatly from this book.
Review by Soccer-for-Parents
This book picks up where the Clueless Parents 3-Pack ends!
First I would have to say that the book is not appropriate if you are coaching a U-6 youth soccer team. But if you are moving up to U-8 next year this is the book for you. The book is geared towards U-8 through U-15. The soccer drills and exercises are divided into two groups, one for 7-9 year olds and one for 10-14 year olds.
Where’s the beef, you say?
’Organizing Your Youth Soccer Team’ is divided into three main sections, Administrative Concerns, Instructional Guide, and Exercises.
Administrative Concerns - This section is a general discussion about coaching a youth soccer team, goal setting, communication, and motivation. Basic stuff but it’s often overlooked.
Instructional Guide - This section has some great information for beginning soccer coaches. The basics of offensive and defensive play are covered (and which one to coach first). How to instruct the kids during drills and practice is discussed as well as organizing and running an effective practice session. I needed this stuff with my last youth soccer team!
After developing the basic structure and foundational knowledge regarding offensive and defensive play, the book moves into the drills and exercises required to teach the kids the concepts.
Exercises - The exercises/drills are first divided into categories by chapters such as Passing, Feints, Shooting, and Goalie Practice. Next, they are divided into the two age categories, 7-9 yr olds, and 10-14 yr olds.
Each exercise is fully illustrated and contains instructions on how to organize the exercise, coaching points to make, suggestions for keeping score, and many times there are suggested ways to continue modifying the exercise or game to raise the difficulty level and multiply what the kids are learning with the same drill.
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PART 1 – Administrative Concerns
PART 2 – Instructional Guide
PART 3 – Exercises