Columbus Youth Soccer Club

Coaching Tips and Guidelines

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Click the following links for SOCCER DRILLS

http://www.nscaa.com

http://www.soccerrom.com

http://www.soccerhelp.com

http://www.finesoccer.com/finesoccer_drills_archive.htm

http://www.soccerdrills.com

http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~dgraham/manual/

http://www.footy4kids.co.uk

http://www.kysoccer.net/coaching/articles.aspx

http://www.kysoccer.net/coaching/lessonplans.aspx

Mike Carmen is the Director of Coaching for River City Soccer Club. He has many practice plans and soccer drills on the RCSC website that many of you may find useful.

Registration on the site is the only requirement for the use of these plans and drills.

Visit the site at: http://www.rcsoccerclub.com/DOC/PracticePlans/tabid/194/Default.aspx





Coach's Ethics


Code of ethics for coaches

  • Each player has equal amount of playing time
  • Do not make some participants more or less worthy as persons than others on the basis of gender, race, place of origin, religion, athletic potential, socioeconomic status, age or other conditions.
  • Be courteous and respectful towards your participants.
  • Build mutual support among fellow coaches, officials, athletes and spectators.
  • Give concise and precise explanations.
  • Be on time for your training sessions and your games.

Conduct at the Game

Remain within the technical area

Keep your comments positive

Do not abuse your players verbally.

Treat the game officials and opponents with respect.

Responsibility for Others

If an assistant, manager or parent becomes abusive in any way, and you cannot quiet them, ask them to leave before the referee does. They are all your responsibility from the time you come on to the field until you leave.

Explain to parents that the referee is trained in the laws of the game, and is almost always better positioned than a spectator to see what actually happened. Point out that much of refereeing is judgment and that the referee is neutral - parents are not. Let them know that all referees miss calls in every game; three people watching 22 in constant motion over 2 acres cannot see everything.






Under 8

Under 9/10

Under 12

Law 1: The Field of Play

Law 1: The Field of Play

Law 1: The Field of Play

Outside Dimensions

Outside Dimensions

Outside Dimensions

25x20 to 35x30

45x35 to 60x45

60x40 to 100x60

Approx. 35x25

Approx. 50x40

Approx. 80x60

Penalty Area

Penalty Area

Penalty Area

None

26x10

30x14

Penalty Mark

Penalty Mark

Penalty Mark

None

8 yards

10 yards

Goal Area

Goal Area

Goal Area

12x3

18x6

18x6

Goal Dimensions

Goal Dimensions

Goal Dimensions

4'x6" (approx.)

6'x6" (approx).

6'x6" (approx).

Law 2: The Ball

Law 2: The Ball

Law 2: The Ball

Size 3

Size 4

Size 4

Law 3: Number of Players

Law 3: Number of Players

Law 3: Number of Players

5 (4 to start and continue), there are no goalkeepers

6 one of whom must be the goalkeeper (5 to start and continue)

8 one of whom must be the goalkeeper (6 to start and continue)

Substitutions

Substitutions

Substitutions

Injuries (one for one)

Injuries (one for one)

Injuries (one for one)

Middle of each half

Middle of each half

Middle of each half

Half time

Half time

Half time

Minimum playing time is a half of each half

Minimum playing time is a half of each half

Minimum playing time is a half of each half

Goalkeeper must be given at least as much time as a field player as they play as GK.

Law 4: Players' Equipment

Law 4: Players' Equipment

Law 4: Players' Equipment

Tennis shoes or soft-cleat soccer shoes

Tennis shoes or soft-cleat soccer shoes

Tennis shoes, soft-cleat or metal cleat soccer shoes

Shin-guards mandatory

Shin-guards mandatory

Shin-guards mandatory

Players have numbers on their jerseys

Players have numbers on their jerseys

Players have numbers on their jerseys

No jewelry or hard casts

No jewelry or hard casts

No jewelry or hard casts

Law 5: Referee

Law 5: Referee

Law 5: Referee

Single Referee

Single Referee

Conform to FIFA

Law 6: Assistant Referee

Law 6: Assistant Referee

Law 6: Assistant Referee

None

None

Use club linesman if Assistant Referee doesn't show up.

Law 7: Duration of the Game

Law 7: Duration of the Game

Law 7: Duration of the Game

Four 12-minute quarters or eight 6-minute periods if a coach requests.

Two 30-minute halves (Substitutions allowed after the 14th minute)

Two 30-minute halves (Substitutions allowed after the 14th minute)

Only time for substitutes

Only time for substitutes

Five minute half-time break

Five minute half-time break

Five minute half-time break

Law 8: The Start of Play

Law 8: The Start of Play

Law 8: The Start of Play

Opponents 6 yards from ball on kickoff

Opponents 10 yards from ball on kickoff

Opponents 10 yards from ball on kickoff

Law 9: Ball In and Out of Play

Law 9: Ball In and Out of Play

Law 9: Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA

Conform to FIFA

Conform to FIFA

Law 10: Method of Scoring

Law 10: Method of Scoring

Law 10: Method of Scoring

Conform to FIFA

Conform to FIFA

Conform to FIFA

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