West Valley Soccer League: Coaching Education

Saturday, January 26
CalSouth Coaching Education Course: Online Registration System Youth Module 1 (Click Here)
The February 8th and February 22nd online portion of this class is available
This is the registration portion for the Cal South YM1 Coaching Course. You will be directed to the location of the online module through a confirmation email received after completion of this registration. (Below US Youth Soccer website)

The first portion of the course is to be completed online in accordance with US Youth Soccer. The second portion will be held at an offered location. Please note that you will be unable to access the online portion of the USYS Online YM Course without first registering for a field portion.

You will be ineligible for your Cal South YM1 license without the completion of both portions of the course.

Saturday, January 26
US Youth Soccer Online Youth Module 1

Online Youth Module 1

being held at https://education.usyouthsoccer.org/ 

Step by step online YM1 registration process help - http://www.calsouth.com/en/coaching-ed/ym1/online-version/

Please vist this link to register to take your online youth module course.  Please note that the US Youth Soccer website is independently owned and operated so you will need to create a new username and password for this portion of the course.

We are pleased that you are investing in your education thru Cal South, and are confident that this clinic will add to your knowledge and skills.

Thank you again for choosing Cal South and please feel free to contact us if you should have any questions.

This Course has two parts, an online portion and a required on-field event. The online portion can be taken at any time; the following dates are available for on-course events:

The February 8th and February 22nd online portion of this class is available

Coaching education and risk management is for new coaches to west valley soccer league only

If you have taken these classes with us in the past you do not need to attend.

(You do not have to go to both of these meetings just pick one)

at Pierce College

You will need to come with tennis shoes and a drivers license

On Field Training

Available Events/Dates:

Event Name:     Cal South Youth Module Woodland Hills

Event Location:  Pierce College (Victory Side)

Event Details:   

This session will cover appropriate soccer activities for U9 and younger players. Any questions regarding the online portion of the module can/will be answered at this session.
Please dress ready to be active and on the field for 2 1/2 hours. A pen and notebook are required and water and sunscreen is highly advised.
We will hold coaching education courses for the Spring 2014, 1 in early Feb and 1 in late Feb
Address: 6200 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 92371
Start Date: Saturday, 8th Feb 2014 09:30 AM
End Date:

Saturday, 8th Feb 2014 12:00 PM

Address: 6200 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 92371
Start Date: Saturday, 22nd Feb 2014 09:30 AM
End Date: Saturday, 22nd Feb  2014 12:00 PM

Saturday, August 26

Risk Management Program (Live Scan Fingerprinting) 

Feb 8th and 22nd For Spring 2014 come any time between 9:30am -  12:00pm - @ Pierce College Room # 8111

Members also have the option of being live scanned through any Applicant Live Scan Site they choose throughout southern California. All Members must complete and take a Live Scan Form  whether they attend a Cal South session or go to another Applicant Live Scan Site.

 West Valley Soccer approved risk management company. You will need the form ( Live Scan Form )

Phil Berkner
A 1 LiveScan Fingerprinting

If you did your LIFESCAN/ risk management please FAX it to Alely Cruz (acruz@calsouth.com)  Risk management at CYSA, 714-451-1518 Ext 1505 (714.451.1017 fax) when she gets it she updates the system.


 Coaching Education

All Recreational coaches are required to complete one or both youth modules!
In order to meet the licensing requirement, the following clinics have been scheduled.
@ Pierce College Room # 8111 (Next to the soccer fields) 

North Gym Map see -

Sat February 8th or February 22nd For Spring 2014

(You will need to come with tennis shoes and a drivers license)

send me a email if you are going to this one! wvsoccer@gmail.com

YM1 - 9:30AM - 12:00PM

If you have completed the YM1 or YM 3 then it is good forever.
The objective of the coaching licensing curriculum is to provide all soccer coaches, from the beginner to the advanced, with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so that coaches in southern California can help ensure that players develop their fullest potential.
 Youth Module 1 -

Under 9 and Younger This course is designed specifically for the Under 9 and younger coach. During 3 hours of classroom and field instruction, coaches are taught the proper techniques appropriate for these age groups. Topics:
o Philosophy of coaching Under 9 and younger players
o Characteristics of Under 9 and younger players
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of soccer injuries
o Appropriate activities for Under 9 and youngers players
o Organizing a youth training session
o Laws of the Game:
modified Prerequisites:
o Minimum age - 16 years old
o Mandatory for all Recreational coaches of player's age 9 years and younger (not applicable to competitive coaches). A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license. Course Length: 3hours (1.5 hours classroom, 1.5 hours field)
Youth Module 3 -
State Youth License - Under 10 Years and Older This 5-hour course combines classroom and field instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology. Topics:
o Methods of coaching
o Team administration and risk management
o Prevention and care of soccer injuries
o Coaching technique o Coaching tactics
o Laws of the Game Course length:
5 hours of instruction (2 hours classroom, 3 hours field)
o Minimum age - 16 years old This course is mandatory for all recreational coaches who are coaching U10 and older recreational teams. A provisional coaching license will be issued to all coaches age 16 and 17 years of age. All coaches holding a provisional coaching license will be required to work with a licensed coach 18 years and over. Up on reaching the age of 18 a coach holding a provisional coaching license shall be upon written request to the state director of coaching education be issued a full coaching license

Wednesday, July 2
Coaches Registration Form - ((Click here))
Each team MUST have a Coach assigned to it or the team will NOT BE REGISTERED !!!

Monday, March 24
Curl It With Cobi - Kabillion Soccer

This is a great site for the new coaches to view basics of the game

Play Like a Pro: Soccer - On The Ball with Cardiff City


Sunday, May 31
Coaching in Uneven Matches (by Robert Parr)

Because soccer is a very inclusive game, youth soccer teams differ greatly in terms of ability and experience. Uneven match-ups will result on occasion (especially in tournaments), so you are likely to be involved in at least a few games each season where one team is far better than the other. At more advanced levels of the game, an occasional blowout will certainly be an unwelcome affront, but players generally have the maturity to learn a few lessons from the outcome and move on. When this happens in youth soccer, though, it is in the interest of all participants to level the competition in some way so that each player continues to experience a game that better matches the challenges of the game with each player's ability level.

To understand why this is the case, consider the premise that every game represents an opportunity for players to learn something. However, uneven matches may teach our players lessons we would prefer they avoid! For example, we want our players to approach each game with respect toward their opponent, and to never assume that a win is assured simply by "showing up". We also want our players to perform at their best in every practice and every game, so that we reinforce proper habits and work rate.

Unfortunately, when players discover they can give less than their best effort and still win, most will do just that. Conversely, when players perceive that even their best effort will have no positive bearing on the outcome of the match, they also tend to give half-hearted performances. Either way, every player involved in a match like this will have reinforced the wrong attitudes and habits required to develop as a player, and few will take any joy away from the experience.

How should teams and leagues deal with situations like these? One common approach, often called the "mercy rule" or "knock-out rule", dictates that a game will end if one team obtains a certain margin of victory (7 goals, 10 goals, etc.) at any point in the game. On paper, this policy appears to minimize the embarrassment suffered by the losing team, but the reality is that the players involved are effectively told "you aren't even worth playing for a full match"! Further, this rule does nothing to create a more appropriate playing environment during the minutes that were played, and it reduces playing time for all players (especially for substitutes, who may not play any minutes if the last few goals are scored in quick succession).

Another common suggestion is to simply tell your players to reduce their efforts at scoring more goals. Though this line of thought may be well-intentioned, instructions like "don't score any more" or "don't try so hard" send the wrong message and don't aid the development of any player. Telling your players to ignore obvious goal-scoring opportunities is arguably more disrespectful of the opponent than "running up the score", and will only lead to disillusioned players on both sides of the scoreline.

Instead, it is better to increase the difficulty for a dominant player or team to score additional goals by making a few modifications to the playing environment. If the win has been ensured, then the following adjustments can allow you to actually increase your demands on your players while also granting a more realistic challenge to the opposing team...

  1. Reduce numbers. The first, and easiest, adjustment you can make is to take a player off the field, and then play down a player (or two, if necessary). This change will require your players who remain on the field to work harder to compensate for the missing teammate, and it also increases the time and space available to the trailing team. In addition, this is a great way for your players to practice playing in a numbers-down situation, which often occurs at older age groups (due to injuries, absences, or player ejections).
  2. Impose touch restrictions. In youth soccer, we often see goals scored simply as a result of the "bigger, faster athlete" dribbling the length of the field and scoring on his or her own. If the other team isn't able to present a suitable defense against such a player, you can impose a two- or three-touch limit on this player (or all your players) so that they have to rely on passing and movement off the ball (instead of solo dribbling efforts) to score more goals.
  3. Focus on possession. You can also require your players to complete a minimum number of consecutive passes (without losing possession) before they are permitted to score. Again, this will force your players to do more passing and off-ball movement to succeed, and will make scoring more difficult since your opponent will now have more time for players to recover defensively. From the viewpoint of tactical development, a possession-based restriction also teaches your players how to score using a "build-up" attack, as opposed to simply relying on quick counterattacks to score.
  4. Emphasize defensive responsibilities. Once you have the outcome of the match essentially secured, you should re-assert your expectations regarding your team's defensive effort. For example, you can set a goal to "preserve the shutout" or to "not allow any more goals" by your opponent. Since players tend to relax (or become outright lazy) on defense when they have a comfortable lead, these types of goals can be timely reminders of the habits you desire from your team.
  5. Limit your scoring methods. Finally, you might consider specifying a particular (and challenging) method of scoring for additional goals. If you require players to score from either a volley or a header, then you also force players to practice attacking from the wings and delivering crosses in the air. You can require players to score shots from outside the penalty area, which encourages them to practice their long-range finishing. Since you don't have to play to your strengths to ensure victory in this match, this is an ideal time to work on any areas of weakness that affect your team.


The key to success in these situations will always be found by looking at the problem from the perspective of player development. There is no single "right" answer to this problem, but applying guidelines like the ones above can help you turn a disappointing match-up into a valuable learning opportunity for everyone involved

Wednesday, October 17

The new Youtube Channel SOCCERCOACHES provides information and drills for soccer coaches and players. 


Eteamz Soccer Tips & Drills
The eteamz tips & drills section is full of usefull drills, tips, games and more for coaches, players, and parents



National Soccer Coaches Association of America


Wednesday, March 12
11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

By Mike Woitalla

“I got recruited to coach my kid’s soccer team. Any advice?” The most recent time I heard this question, it came from a parent of a 6-year-old. It prompted me to put an answer in writing, based on some of the best insight I’ve gotten from coaches and players I’ve interviewed and observed over the years.

11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
1. If all you do is set up goals and have them play as much soccer as possible during that hour of practice -- you’re doing a good job.

2. Familiarize yourself with the various age-appropriate games/exercises to facilitate individual skills -- but don’t use ones that bore the kids. And if it takes more than a minute for 6-year-olds to comprehend the activity -- it’s the wrong one. (In other words, plan your practice but be ready to improvise.)

3. No lines, no laps, no lectures.

4. Enjoy yourself! If for some reason you’re grumpy, act like you’re enjoying yourself. Kids pick up on body language and you’ll get the best out of them if they sense you like being their coach.

5. Greet each player when they arrive in a way that lets them know you’re happy to see them. 

6. Always end practice on an upbeat, happy note. (Even if they drove you absolutely crazy). 

7. See the game through the children's eyes. This will remind you that your main objective is helping them discover the joys of soccer. And not to expect a 6-year-old to play like a 16-year-old! 

8. Do not yell instructions at them! Do not coach from the sidelines during games! This interferes severely in their learning process. It also makes you look rather silly -- an adult screaming at 6-year-olds while they’re playing.

9. Sit down during games, instead of prowling the sidelines, which only creates tension that unnerves your players.

10. Always have a first-aid kit (including ice-packs) with you.

11. Keep plastic bags in your coaching bag in case you need to pick up dog poo. 

U.S. Soccer's "Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” download HERE.
"US Youth Soccer Player Development Model"
“U.S. Soccer Curriculum” download HERE. 
View the Game as an Art, not a War (Book Review: Stan Baker’s “Our Competition is the World”)