East Wake Soccer Association: Coaching Resources

Friday, August 10
Coaches Guide

EWSA Coaching Information

Please See Below For:

Useful Activities/Information

Coaching Education

Tips, Help and Advice

Coach/ Team Organization

Player Equipment Checklist

Laws of the Game

Useful Activities/Information

EWSA Coaching Clinic February 11th, 2013

Understanding the stages of development and what to do

US Soccer Curriculum

US Small Sided Game Manual

50 Fine Soccer Activities

Small Sided Fun Kids Games

EWSA Coaching Clinic

EWSA Top 5

Skill Development Sessions

Coaching Education

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E – F certificate is recommended but not required to attend the E course. This course is designed specifically for the coach working with U13 players and older. The curriculum focuses on the development of the player both individually and as part of the team. The emphasis is to build on the player’s technical training by applying tactical concepts within game situations. There is no practical coaching test, however, each candidate is given a practice coaching opportunity and given feedback. Coaches are expected to participate in all activities; field/lecture/discussion. The course is 18 hours which is usually conducted on Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 9 PM and then from 8 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday & Sunday and the cost is: $75 NCYSA Members/$85 Non-members. This course serves as a prerequisite for the”D” License course.

D – Pre-requisite "E" License. This course is designed for the coach working with U13 and higher aged players and is the highest license that the state office offers. The emphasis of the course is to prepare coaches to further the development of the player’s technical application to the demands of the game, as well as expand the player’s tactical awareness within the team. Coaches are expected to participate in all activities; field/lecture/discussion. The course is 36 hours usually conducted on Friday evening from 6 PM to 9 PM and then from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday over two consecutive weekends. The candidates will be graded on practical coaching/field exam experience; written tests that cover care & prevention of injuries and laws of the game; and an oral exam.The cost of the course is: $150 NCYSA Members/$160 Non-members

NSCAA Coaching Education

Non-Residential Courses

The NSCAA boasts a robust non-residential course program that provides education, support and professional growth for coaches at all levels of the game. Non-residential courses vary in length and are intended primarily for coaches in a particular community and region, so lodging and meals are not part of the course packages. Because the NSCAA appreciates the desire of coaches to take courses germane to the level of player they are coaching, only a few of the courses have prerequisites (noted below). Nonetheless, coaches who progress through all NSCAA courses benefit immensely from the developmental approach taken in our curriculum.

Course Coaching Level Time Commitment
Youth Level I Diploma U-5 to U-8 2.5 hours
Youth Level II Diploma U-5 to U-10 5 hours
Youth Level III Diploma U-6 to U-10 13 hours
Youth Level IV Diploma U9 to U12 21 hours
Junior Level V Diploma U11 to U18 13 hours
Junior Level VI Diploma U11 to U18 21 hours
Junior Level VI Supplement* U11 to U18 8 hours
High School Diploma High School 21 hours
Special Topics Diplomas Varies by location Varies by location
Director of Coaching Diploma* Directors of Coaching and Club Leadership 21 hours
National Diploma Coaches of U-15 Club or High School players and above 50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation
Advanced National Diploma*

Coaches of U-15 Club or High School players and above

50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

 Residential Courses

NSCAA residential courses are scheduled at predetermined sites for one-week periods of time, and residence on-site or in the area of the course is required. Sites for residential courses in a given year are located around the United States and are usually posted on our website in the autumn of the preceding year. Residential courses are intended to be taken progressively (i.e. National prior to Advanced National, etc.) and it is strongly recommended that coaches wait one full year between these courses so as to be able to learn from using the knowledge garnered in one course before moving on to the next course.

Course Coaching Level Time Commitment

National Diploma

Coaches of U-15 Club or High School players and above

50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Advanced National Diploma*

Coaches of U-15 Club or High School players and above

50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Premier Diploma*

Experienced coaches working with advanced players

50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

* Prerequisites necessary for enrollment.

Residential courses allow coaches to become fully immersed in the learning process of coaching education; to focus exclusively on improving themselves as coaches for a week; to meet, network, and develop friendships with other coaches from across the nation; and to experience, in many of the courses, the amenities of some of the finest educational institutions in the nation.

Click on the link above to view and/or print the EWSA Coaching Guide. This information is intended to provide the new soccer coach with some tips and ideas for coaching youth soccer.

Player Equipment Checklist

  • Soccer Ball (Size Depends on Playing Division, make sure your player's name is written on it)
  • EWSA Shirt
  • Black Shorts (Solid Black)
  • Soccer Socks (Must Cover Shin Guards)
  • Shin Guards (Should Cover Area From Ankle to Just Below the Player's Knee)
  • Cleats (No Metal Screws) or Sneakers
  • Water Bottle

Coaching Tips for New (and Old) Coaches

  • COMMUNICATION: Ensure the terminology you use is clear and precise. Let players know you are in charge.
  • POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: Whenever possible give individuals and/or groups positive reinforcement. Refrain from using negative comments. Use praise as an incentive.
  • BE CREATIVE AND USE INITIATIVE: If the drill or game is too advanced, modify to increase the chances of success.
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Be motivational and inspirational. Enthusiasm and being energetic are contagious.
  • KEEP PLAYERS ACTIVE: If the drill is static, create need of helpers or assistants to keep everyone involved.
  • EACH PLAYER IS AN INDIVIDUAL: Be aware of player differences. Aggressive or quiet, recognition of player personalities will allow you to respond to all players, and they will respond to you positively.
  • STRIVE FOR QUALITY: In all demonstrations make the desired objectives clear. If a player shows mastery of a skill, use him/her to demonstrate.
  • REINFORCE CORRECT TECHNIQUE: In all drills and games continually emphasis the use of correct techniques.
  • ENCOURAGE PLAYER MOVEMENT: At all times make players aware of importance of readiness. Emphasize weight forward on toes and bouncing instead of flat footed-ness.
  • ROTATE POSITIONS: All players should be active as servers, assistants. In game situations change positions each quarter.
  • DEVELOP PLAYER RESPECT: Continually get players to support one another. To show good sportsmanship towards all players including opponents, and respect for others attempts and effort.
  • EQUALITY AMONGST PLAYERS: Give equal attention to all players in group or games. Do not leave the less competent players behind nor slow the advanced players.
  • FUN AND ENJOYMENT: Players will respond and want to continue if things are fun. Create their enjoyment.

Coach / Team Organization

Successful coaches are many times good organizers. This organization is most evident when the players have a great time through the season - and have no idea of the work that occurred to make it happen. The following organization steps can help ensure a positive experience for all:

Hold a parent orientation meeting - establishes effective lines of communication. Hold this meeting coincident with your first practice. Include the following subjects as discussion items:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Your coaching philosophy
  • Explain what your season objectives are
  • Discuss player responsibilities
  • Discuss parent responsibilities
  • Ask for volunteers to assist (very important!)

Coaches Equipment - You can always identify the prepared coach - they are the ones with a trunk full of soccer equipment! Consider the following essentials:

  • Extra balls
  • Cones
  • Clipboard
  • Air pump and needles
  • Medical kit

The following items offer additional help at practices and games:

  • Colored pennies
  • Water sprayer
  • Soccer shoes and shin guards(yours!)
  • Towels
  • Extra pen or pencil (for notes)
  • Bag (to carry all this stuff in!)

Player Equipment - Each player has a responsibility to bring the essentials with them to every practice:

  • Soccer shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer ball
  • Drinking water
  • Proper clothing

Laws Of The Game

 See Below Link