Youth soccer programs thrive thanks to volunteer coaches. Without people to lead, encourage, and motivate these young players, it would be impossible to build their skills and foster teamwork and camaraderie.

If you’ve volunteered for your first season as a coach, then you’ll want to check out this soccer training guide that gives you all the ins and outs on how to do it right.

Coaching Kids

We’ll break down the top eight qualities of a great coach and then dive into coaching aspects like evaluation, free play, teaching players the game, and how to make the most of the practice sessions. Finally, we’ll give you tips on working with other parents to produce a fun and safe program for everyone involved.

This guide has all the tools you’ll need to get started and give this season your all. Let’s get started.

Qualities of a Great Soccer Coach

The experts at US Youth Soccer say that you don’t have to be an all-star soccer player to be an amazing coach. In fact, you just need be someone who loves the sport and wants to get more involved with the youth in your community to do it well.

If you work to incorporate these eight elements into your coaching style, you’ll guarantee that the kids you work with will thrive.


2. Strive for Fairness

3. Stay Positive

4. Get Parents Involved

5. Teamwork is Top of Mind

6. Start with Ground Rules

Know How and What to Coach

8. Continue Your Coaching Education

Essential Components of Soccer Coaching

There are many elements that go into coaching a youth soccer team, but there are three components that every new coach should consider before the season starts. Free play, practice sessions, and how you’ll teach players the game are three aspects that are used in most programs, and here we’ll explain them in detail.

Free Play

Practice Sessions

Teaching the Game

How to Interact with Parents