MYSL: Coaches Corner

Are you interested in becoming a new competitive coach?

MYSL FC Milpitas Competitive Coaching

If you would like to become a new MYSL FC Milpitas competitive coach you can contact the MYSL Competitive Director to discuss this or do the following:

  1. Submit a Competitive Coaching Application fully completed - application form link
  2. Attach copy of current referee license, or state a commitment to take the course
  3. Attach copy of CYSA F or NSCAA coaching license, or state a commitment to take course
  4. If you have interested core players that have played in MYSL and you have coached, include the CYSA goldenrod (circle players and city of residence) or provide list of players. Include: Full Name, birthdate, phone #, city of residence

Submit applications via email to or mail to:

ATTN: BJ Navarro, Comp Director
88 S. Park Victoria #135
Milpitas, CA 95035

Your application will be reviewed and an interview scheduled.

If you have questions, please contact: BJ Navarro, MYSL Competitive Director  at 408 309-1281

MYSL Coaches Corner


Coaching Courses

All coaches and trainers are expected to continue their coaching education. For a list of local available course click above.


Coach Commitment

MYSL Coaches are expected to be role models who project the spirit of the sport on and off the field.  They are responsible for fairly applying the league's policies.

No coach shall use profanity or make derogatory remarks or gestures to a referee, parent official, player, parent, or spectator.  A coach may never strike, shake, push, or otherwise physically assault a player. A coach has the responsibility to ensure that all REC players receive at least 50% playing time during games.

Follow the Coaches Code

  • Enthusiastically support and practice “everyone plays” and positive coaching philosophies.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy, enthusiasm and their performance on the soccer field.
  • Impress on your players that they must abide by the rules of the game at all times.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.
  • Ensure that your players’ soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it).  Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for any reason.
  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved.  Children need a coach they can respect.
  • Do not publicly question referees judgment and never their honesty.
  • Keep informed about “sound principles of coaching”; and “growth and development” principles relating to children.
  • Enlist the support of your team’s parents in your efforts to instill the proper attitudes and values in the players.  MYSL coaches are responsible for the conduct of their sideline.
  • Check equipment that you use.  It should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.  Bring all safety issues concerning facilities to the attention of Bob Yuhara at . 
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.
  • Abide by the rules of all leagues and tournaments in which your team participates.

Be a positive role-model whenever you are around any players.  If you feel a situation is getting out of control find a field marshal or other official to observe or assess the game/situation.  Do not “take it into your own hands”.  Defuse, rather than inflate problems.

“Positive” Behavior For Coaches

The stated goals for coaches are many, and NONE include arguing with the referees. Every one of these goals deals with the coach’ s responsibility to teach players about soccer using skill, reason, fitness, and logic. Some specific goals request coaches to:

  • Inspire a love for the game and the desire to compete fairly.
  • Realize that you are a teacher (and role model) and that the soccer field is a classroom.
  • Develop respect for the opponents, opposing coaches, and of the officials.

“Negative” Behavior For Coaches

As a role model and teacher, it is expected that all coaches, as well as the parents, will not exhibit any negative behavior by shouting and arguing with the officials on their games. The CYSA Rules of Play (3:08:03) specifically prohibit this behavior and a coach sent off can be penalized a minimum of a three game suspension and a three game probation by CYSA and MYSL. Since the coach is responsible for the behavior of the parents, it will be the coach who is sent off when it is a parent who has violated the rule.

It appears that many verbal confrontations revolve around coaches and the official’ s difference in opinions.  Referees are trained to make calls based on FIFA Instruction of the Application of the Laws of the Game.  FIFA and CYSA specifically recognize the decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.

It is vital that all coaches understand that they are the focal point for their team and their actions, positive and negative, greatly influence the enjoyment of the youth players and parents.


Training Material for REC Coaches

Inside soccer

A free website for soccer players, coaches and parents who want to experience the best soccer skills, drills and techniques for mastering the art of soccer. Whether you're just getting started or a seasoned vet, visit this site for visual lessons and demonstrations in dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, goalkeeping and attacking from the best trainers and players in the world.


a complete passing practice
passing and dribbling
passing and receiving
passing and receiving 2
passing and shooting a complete shooting practice first touch and receiving the ball passing, defending and communication
possession attacking with confidence
ball control and team work lesson plan
ball control lesson plan
basics of defending dribbling and stopping the ball shooting from square passes
shuttle shooting
small group defending shielding and aggressiveness
shooting - teaching the basics Hot potato
how to teach the laces kick and driven pass
improve fitness, passing skills and teamwork
Improving vision
improving vision and speed of play
inswinging corners soccer coaching lesson plans
soccer coaching lesson plans from US Youth Soccer
soccer practice plans staggered goals
teaching the basic push pass
team building
team shape and movement
team shape and movement practice plan
the importance of planning training sessions
the job of a defender
training the second defender
training thoughts


goalkeeper distribution (throwing) practice plan
goalkeeping practice plans

U6 - U9

Coaching U6 players
Coaching U8, U10 players
example soccer practice plan for children aged 3 to 8
an U7 practice plan
dribbling for U8s
dribbling for U9s
passing for U8s
passing for U9s
shooting for U8s
shooting for U9s
soccer coaching lesson plan for 8 year olds
soccer training session for U6s U6 balance and co-ordination
U6-U9 - moving with the ball
U8-U9 practice plans

U10 - U14

passing for U10s
shooting for U10s
U14 practice plans and coaching advice
vision and support
coaching U12 soccer players
defending for U10s
defending practice plan
dribbling for U10s
Coaching U12 players

Other Coaching Resources

US Youth Soccer Coaches Library
CYSA-N Coach website
Fundamental Soccer - Karl Dewazien
Soccer Fitness advisor
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
CYSA Forms and Manuals Page
USSF Technical Area Memo(pdf)