West Valley Soccer League: Coaching Education


1 - Complete the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports, online course

2 - Online Registration Go To Online Registration this is for players and coaches (Coaches you will need to complete the registration process as well. Please upload the HEADS UP certifcate (pdf) and a passport size photo to your Cal South account)

3 - Risk Management Program, Live Scan Fingerprinting

4 - US Youth soccer is requiring all recreational coaches to have at least an "F" license

Concussion & Safety Information

Concussions and Head Injuries

The HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports 

The Cal South Board of Directors recognizes the need for increased awareness about concussions, head injuries and brain trauma. In order to assist Cal South's administrators, coaches, referees, parents and players, a number of resources are being made available. The links below are to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Their "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" initiative gives facts about concussions, signs and symptoms, suggestions for prevention and treatment. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this information....

Go to - http://www.calsouth.com/en/safety/

Click on “Concussion & Safety Information”
Click on link that says “Click here for online training course”
Enter your full Legal Name Follow the instructions throughout the course.
Save certificate as a .pdf somewhere you can find it.

Go to - 
Click on registration Select appropriate season
Click on Coach/Admin registration Enter User name & Password or Create a new account so the system can find you.
Follow the registration instructions making sure you pause on the personal information page to check your information and upload your concussion certificate.
Click on the certificate upload link image Browse for the .pdf that you saved and click on “upload”
Continue with your registration until complete.

Coach / Admin Registration
All coaches need to have a Cal South Registration ONLINE 

· Click Registration tab at top of this page ((Click here))

· Choose - Coach / Admin Registration

You will need to upload a passport style photo into your profile. The photo will be on your coach ID badge.


Don't forget you can look at your roster, find phone numbers & email addresses when logged in to your Cal South account 

Risk Management Program

Live Scan Fingerprinting - We will be updating our live scan database for returing coaches and will let any of you know if you need to redo your live scan for our program.


Cal South Risk Management web site - http://www.calsouth.com/en/risk-management/      

We have an account for live scanning at the UPS store on Ventura Boulevard and Desoto (it is free to all WVSL Coaches)

You will need to take with you the appropriate forms

UPS, 20929 Ventura Blvd STE 47

M-F. 8am - 6:30pm

Sat. 9am - 4:00pm, Sun Closed


Members 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.



If you choose to go to one of the above locations unfortunately West Valley Soccer league will not be able to reimburse your expense.


You will need the form ( Live Scan Form )

US youth Soccer New Coaches F License is mandatory for all Cal South / WVSL coaches

US Youth soccer is requiring all recreational coaches to have at least an "F" license coach children in this country.

The new "F" license is an online course that should take no longer than 120 minutes of your time.

We will email you individually a code which will allow you to take the F license for free (do not pay the $25). If you do not received a code from us please let us know.


Click the checkbox to accept the Terms and Conditions.

Then, click “Enter Discount Code” to enter your code.

Registration for National "F" License Course  (Enter Discount code)


WVSL will still offer an on field training session to help new coaches TBA

at Pierce College (Victory side) You will need to come with tennis shoes.


All adults that want to coach a team will need to have a license & complete risk management.


WVSL we will be providing all licensed coaches with identification cards so that we can identify the coaches that have gone through this licensing program.


If a parent is coaching a team without a license they will be told by the referee or League official to sit down and enjoy the game as parents.


So if you have a parent on your team that helps you or likes to act as a coach during the games they will need to be licensed or they will need to sit down and enjoy the game with the other parents, (you can have a Max of 3 coaches per team)

Cal South U6 Recreational Practice Activities Available on YouTube

The Cal South Coaching Education department is proud to announce the release of 32 practice activity videos designed for use by coaches of recreational soccer players.

The instructional videos were created expressly to aid coaches in teaching simple field activities to novice players that will strengthen their skills in dribbling, ball control and running with the ball. 

The 32 recreational practice activity videos can be viewed on Cal South's YouTube channel page at:


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, May 7
Backyard Games ((Learn More...))
Backyard Games - Indiana Youth Soccer provides a wide variety of games and drills that can be done in a family's backyard. The games help players work on a variety of soccer skills and are an easy way for a child to practice while at home.

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”)