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On this page you will find some great links to coaching courses, and coaches lesson plans.  You will also find great resources that you can use to help develop soccer practices that teach our young players the great game of soccer.  

Coaching Resources


U4 & U5 Guidelines 

  • Total of 8 sets of 5 minute quarters with a 5 minute break after 4th quarter.

  • 3v3 with no goalie

  • Size 3 Ball

  • No Offsides 

  • Goal Kicks opposing team push back to half till ball is kicked.

  • Coaches are the referees of the game.

    • Head coach or assistant coach should be timekeeper

    • Keep them moving and explain the basics of soccer. Throw Ins, Corners & Goal Kicks.

U6&U8 Guidelines

  • U6 Division Teams  5v5 & U8  Division Teams are 6v6

    • U6 4 players and a goalie on field

    • U8 5 players and a goalie on field

  • Time:

    • U6: Total of 8 sets of 5 minute quarters  5 min. break for halftime.

    • U8: Total of 4 sets of 10 min. quarters  with a 5 minute break for halftime 

  • Ball size: 

    • U6 & U8: Size 3 ball 

Throw-ins

  • U8 A rethrow is permitted if not done properly the first attempt.

  • U6 Just continue play on.

U10 & U12 Guidelines 

  • U 10: 7v7 6 players & goalie on field

  • U12: 9v9 8 players & goalie on field ( subject to change)

  • Ball size: size 4

  • Total of 2-24 minute halves for U10. U12 2-30 minute halves, with a 5 min break for halftime 

  • Throw Ins no rethrow, the opposing team will be rewarded the throw in.

  • Offsides

They will be called no leniency!


U14 Guidelines 

  • 5v5

    • 4 players and a goalie on the field

  • Total of 2-20 minute halves with a 5 minute break for halftime.

  •  Size 5 ball 

  • Same rules as U10 & U12 division apply for fouls. Will be played on U10 field 

  • Throw ins will be set on sideline and passed in.

  • No Drop kicks must be put in play by pass or thrown to teammate.












Say Soccer Coached Manual:  coachmanual.pdf

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