Coaching Resource Page
Great Coaching is essential for all Players...
The Jefferson Youth Soccer Club understands that helping our players improve their skills and confidence on the field is our top priority. More than winning or losing, effective player development that is engaging and fun is critical to fostering life-long passion for sports and the healthy lifestyle this passion promotes.
Coaches are the key to helping our players be the best athletes
and people they can be...
Mandatory Courses for Youth Soccer Coaches
If you would like to coach soccer, the following training courses are mandatory:
RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y. Class
Child Abuse Awareness Seminar
HEADSUP Concussion Awareness
Additional Coaching Courses
We have many coaches that have completed additional, voluntary coaching courses. This training is highly recommended and you would be reimbursed by Jefferson Youth Soccer for the cost of these courses.
For more information on some additional courses, please visit the New Jersey Youth Soccer Coaching Education page or the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center.
You should familiarize yourself with the differences between In-Town, Rockaway Valley Soccer League rules (noted in the By-Laws) and FIFA Rules. RVSL and In-Town programs require that teams avoid running up the score. Goal differentials should be kept at 5 or less. Avoid playing keep away, it embarrasses the opponent and tends to increase the level of frustration. Have players play with their opposite foot or require X number of passes before they can shoot.
Recommended Resources for Coaches
US Soccer Digital Coaching Center
US Soccer's new Digital Coaching Center offers information about the 'Play Practice Play' initiative and the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 programs. It also provides practice plans, allows you to book coaching courses and provides various other coaching education resources (free sign-up required).
US Youth Soccer
A huge repository of information including practice plans, rules, coaching education guidance and information for first time coaches.
NJ Youth Soccer
The NJYS website offers a wide array of resources for coaches as well as guidance for expanding your coaching education.
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Practice Plans
Various sample practice plans (u6 - u18).
Youtube is a great resources for coaching drills, warm-ups and practice session planning. Some of the most popular channels are:
The Coaching Manual
Edge of Play
If you have any sites that you use and would like to share with your fellow coaches, please email the URL to