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Has anyone ever been a Soccer coach for young kids?

Asked by Dsg (1406points) December 5th, 2012

My son is 6 yrs old and loves the game. Another session starts up in Jan. 2013 and the organization needs more soccer coaches. I’ve always loved the game and I thought it will help me meet new people. What was your thoughts of coaching? Would you do it again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Are you thinking of coaching? I haven’t coached soccer. I know a few fundamentals but not a lot of them. John Wooden was a legendary basketball coach in the US. He was all about fundamentals. Get those down and the rest is easy.

amujinx's avatar

At six, the most important things to teach are dribbling, trapping and passing. When I’ve occasional helped coach teams of that age level we would set up cones and break the kids up into teams of 4 or 5 and have them race the other teams to a cone and back without letting the ball get too far off their feet. Make things a game, but educational. Switch up the players positions; they are too young to be tied down to one position, and knowing how other positions work helps players in their own position down the road. When the kids start getting the hang of dribbling and trapping, make sure positioning is part of what you teach them with passing so your kids don’t just all run around following the ball.

Vincentt's avatar

The most important thing, I think, is to keep the parents in control. Teach them fair play and make sure they get a good example. At least in the Netherlands (I don’t know where you live), respect is not as ingrained as it should be in some players.

Other than that, while I have no experience, I would say go for it. If you don’t like it you can always quit.

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