Coaching soccer is more than designing plays for free kicks or forming team, especially at the youth level, which involves accepting a huge responsibility for developing talents as well as secure their safety. If you choose to become a youth soccer coach, here are some of the requirements of the job:
Coach must communicate effectively and positively with players, parents, coaching staff, officials, and administrators to show that you have the best interest in the players’ development.
Teach Soccer Fundamentals and Rules
When teaching a popular sport such as soccer, you must keep in mind that you must help all players be the best they can be by creating a fun and productive practice environment while incorporate introducing soccer rules into your institutions.
A “games approach” would help young player learn and practise the skills, tactics and rules easily. Review the fundamentals and rules any time an opportunity arises during the practices.
Direct Players in Games
The focus of game day direction is to compete well and do their best while winning within the rules including figuring out a starting lineup, relating to officials, opposing coaches and players, and making good tactical decisions during games.
Provide a Safe Environment
Soccer is a risky game to some extent, but a coach is responsible for managing the practice, game fields, and inspecting equipment to ensure they’re in the best condition and put no harms to players. Furthermore, ensure players and parents about safety techniques and an emergency action plan to follow should an injury occur.
Help Kids Develop Character
Besides technical skills, an important part when people start playing sport is to develop character includes learning, caring, being honest and respectful. During practise, a coach must demonstrate these values and help players to understand that they should try to win the battle presenting those value.