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Tips For Coaching Beginning Kids Soccer

Basics - Basics - Basics

So your kid got into soccer and the club asked you to help out and things went from there and now you've been enlisted to coach beginning players. Here's how to succeed.

Memorise the words of Bill Shankly - one of Liverpool F.C.'s greatest managers:

"Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple."

Learn the Rules - and teach them 'as you go' in practice matches. Teach Basic skills. Passing a ball, striking a ball, heading a ball, trapping a ball.

Let the kids spend lots of time on the ball - ball control is all.

Encourage general physical fitness

Don't worry about stamina in young kids - concentrate on short sprint training. Be patient.

Watch live soccer as much as possible - tell your team to do the same.

Understanding Soccer

Using a round ball, a soccer match is played by two teams wearing differently colored shirts. Each team consists of not more than eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

An official match may not start if either team consists of fewer than seven players.

Up to a maximum of three substitutes may be used in any match played in an official competition organised under the auspices of the World Governing body FIFA, the confederations or the national associations. In other competitions the rules must state how many substitutes may be nominated, from three up to a maximum of seven.

The duration of an an official match is 90 minutes played in two halves - each half lasting 45 minutes.

The aim of the game is for one team to score more goals than the opposing team. The winning team is the team which has scored the most goals at the end of the game.

Players score a goal when they succeed in moving the whole ball over the opposing team's goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.

Players may use any part of their body except their arms and hands.

The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line - whether on the ground or in the air - and when play has been stopped by the referee.

The game is controlled by one Referee on the playing field and two assistant referees placed on opposite touchlines.

Official Dimensions of a Soccer Playing Field

The field (or pitch) of play must be rectangular. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line. Length: minimum 90 m (100 yds) maximum 120 m (130 yds)
Width: minimum 45 m (50 yds) maximum 90 m (100 yds)

International Matches

Length: minimum 100 m (110 yds) maximum 110 m (120 yds)
Width: minimum 64 m (70 yds) maximum 75 m (80 yds)
The field of play is marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) is marked around it. A goal area is defined at each end of the field. A penalty area is defined at each end of the field Goals must be placed on the centre of each goal line. They consist of two upright posts equidistant from the corner flagposts and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The distance between the posts is 7.32 m (8 yds) and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2.44 m (8 ft). Nets may be attached to the goals and the ground behind the goal, provided that they are properly supported and do not interfere with the goalkeeper. The goalposts and crossbars must be white.

Advanced Team Tactics

Every football coach must employ two soccer strategies for their football team, one for attack and one for defending. This section demonstrates a wide selection of Individual and Advanced Tactical principles for offensive soccer and defensive football success.

Inside you will find detailed information on modern soccer formation of play, important principles of attacking width, depth, mobility, setting up play, building from the defensive third and coaching soccer position.

There are topics such as beating the offside trap, overlapping runs, blind sided runs, man for man marking, cross-over runs, making play predictable, recovery runs and channels, playing direct and low pressure defending.

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