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YOUR CANADIAN YOUTH SOCCER COACHING RESOURCE
Often players do not reach their potential because they are too hard on themselves, demand perfect performances, and unravel when they make mistakes.Perfectionists are usually easy to spot. They are very hard - working athletes and usually are highly motivated, but often for the wrong reasons.
Youth Soccer Competency Matrix
A useful guide to help coaches determine at what age to teach players a skill and what age those players should be expected to demonstrate competency.
Do You Know All of the Rules?
If you are new to the game you obviously don’t know all of the rules. If you are coaching younger children many of these rules are not applicable. For those of you coaching older kids, you likely are governed by the FIFA laws of the game and the below will apply.
It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.
Being a Good Soccer Parent
If you have spent any time around the soccer fields at all, you’ve probably noticed the variety of personalities that exist within the parents of the players. You’ve seen everything from parents who drop off their kids and leave, to parents who watch and quietly comment, to parents who live every second through their kids. Regardless of your personality, as a soccer parent you must understand one very important fact – you can, through your words and actions, enhance your child’s soccer experience, OR can ruin the experience for the entire team. The choice is yours.
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The mental side of soccer is just as important as the physical component especially when played at a competitive level.
Coaches who are knowledgeable about "mental game" challenges and strategies are better equipped to instill confidence in their young athletes.
The Health Benefits of Playing Soccer
Playing soccer greatly reduces the chance of becoming overweight or obese, and reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In addition, youth players also develop stronger muscles, stronger bones, and improved coordination. Soccer also develops social skills, teamwork, communication skills, self-esteem and exercises the brain.