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NSR - Coaching Junior Football 13:57 - Jun 20 with 1946 viewsMattG

Partially by accident, I have ended up as the coach of my son's U11s team for the coming season. I've done my FAW Leaders Award and am now looking for good online resources (preferably cheap / free) that other coaches use to plan training sessions.

I have been looking at https://playerdevelopmentproject.com/ which seems to have some good stuff on there but only a very small amount is free and, at $149 a year, it's a bit pricey.

Grateful for any suggestions - thanks in advance.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 15:31 - Jun 20 with 1888 viewssainthelens

Good luck buddy. I coached my lads team for 6 yrs from under 7s. The hardest job is the parents! Keeping every kid involved as much as possible is biggest challenge. As much as you'll wanna win, the kids soon forget the result!. All ide recommend is keep it simple, make sure they have fun and get yourself a good number 2 ( assistant). The more fun they have...the quicker they progress.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 15:58 - Jun 20 with 1850 viewsJack_Kass

Good luck mate, I took the plunge with a grassroots team 6 years ago, now I'm 4000 miles away from home and doing it as a 'job', pah!

PDP is very good, but expensive, and sometimes over complex, in their material.

Try the Coaching Manual, which for around £30 a year, has sessions, articles and material that will help you out.

I'm not sure if you're on Twitter, but you only need to follow a few accounts and your timeline is eventually filled everyday with people posting different session ideas and topical issues to do with youth coaching.

Lastly, remember that the game belongs to the players! Think back to when you were 12 years old, and what you wanted out of footie practice, stick to that and you won't go far wrong.

Any help you need, feel free to send me a message.
[Post edited 20 Jun 2018 15:59]

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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 16:01 - Jun 20 with 1833 viewsOptimisticJack

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 15:31 - Jun 20 by sainthelens

Good luck buddy. I coached my lads team for 6 yrs from under 7s. The hardest job is the parents! Keeping every kid involved as much as possible is biggest challenge. As much as you'll wanna win, the kids soon forget the result!. All ide recommend is keep it simple, make sure they have fun and get yourself a good number 2 ( assistant). The more fun they have...the quicker they progress.


Totally agree.
I as so many parents such as you Matt have ended up with this unenviable task.
Try and use the 3 word principle :
FUN (leads to)
LEARNING (leads to)
DEVELOPMENT

Good luck Matt. Without parents like you there would be no Junior football.

Optimisticjack

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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 17:31 - Jun 20 with 1760 viewssherpajacob

well done for taking the plunge.

I found the FAW stuff that comes with the leaders course good. keep it simple and don't overcomplicate.

pre warm up / warm up / drills / match related / always finish with a game.

Plenty of soccer coaching ideas on youtube. I found this guy easy to watch and listen to



If you can, also take advice and watch how professionals in child care such as teachers, youth leaders etc deal with kids, eg using positive language. Tell them what you want them to do, not what you don't want them to do.

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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 23:30 - Jun 20 with 1650 viewsMattG

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 15:58 - Jun 20 by Jack_Kass

Good luck mate, I took the plunge with a grassroots team 6 years ago, now I'm 4000 miles away from home and doing it as a 'job', pah!

PDP is very good, but expensive, and sometimes over complex, in their material.

Try the Coaching Manual, which for around £30 a year, has sessions, articles and material that will help you out.

I'm not sure if you're on Twitter, but you only need to follow a few accounts and your timeline is eventually filled everyday with people posting different session ideas and topical issues to do with youth coaching.

Lastly, remember that the game belongs to the players! Think back to when you were 12 years old, and what you wanted out of footie practice, stick to that and you won't go far wrong.

Any help you need, feel free to send me a message.
[Post edited 20 Jun 2018 15:59]


Cheers, pal - any pointers as to decent Twitter accounts to follow?
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 23:31 - Jun 20 with 1649 viewsMattG

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 15:31 - Jun 20 by sainthelens

Good luck buddy. I coached my lads team for 6 yrs from under 7s. The hardest job is the parents! Keeping every kid involved as much as possible is biggest challenge. As much as you'll wanna win, the kids soon forget the result!. All ide recommend is keep it simple, make sure they have fun and get yourself a good number 2 ( assistant). The more fun they have...the quicker they progress.


Cheers mate - so far, so good and I have to say the parents are (to date) not a problem.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 23:32 - Jun 20 with 1645 viewsMattG

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 17:31 - Jun 20 by sherpajacob

well done for taking the plunge.

I found the FAW stuff that comes with the leaders course good. keep it simple and don't overcomplicate.

pre warm up / warm up / drills / match related / always finish with a game.

Plenty of soccer coaching ideas on youtube. I found this guy easy to watch and listen to



If you can, also take advice and watch how professionals in child care such as teachers, youth leaders etc deal with kids, eg using positive language. Tell them what you want them to do, not what you don't want them to do.


Nice one - cheers.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 00:00 - Jun 21 with 1625 viewsJack_Kass

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 23:30 - Jun 20 by MattG

Cheers, pal - any pointers as to decent Twitter accounts to follow?


Start with Gary Curneen and Modern Soccer Coach

https://twitter.com/GaryCurneen

https://twitter.com/msceducation

His philosophy IMO is absolutely bang on, and Modern Soccer Coach do a podcast, which is fantastic.

Keepitonthedeck is great, and also has a facebook page

https://twitter.com/Keepitonthedeck

There is also

https://twitter.com/tacticalpedia

https://twitter.com/CoachesShare

https://twitter.com/TacticalPad

https://twitter.com/AcademySCoach

https://twitter.com/InspireCoachEd

https://twitter.com/CoachingManual

A lot of them retweet one another, and other accounts, so the amount of content being shared on Twitter for this is incredible.

In terms of books, I would definitely recommend 'Making the ball roll' by a guy called Ray Power, really helped me a lot.

Ray's twitter account is here - https://twitter.com/power_ray

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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 06:51 - Jun 21 with 1557 viewsMattG

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 00:00 - Jun 21 by Jack_Kass

Start with Gary Curneen and Modern Soccer Coach

https://twitter.com/GaryCurneen

https://twitter.com/msceducation

His philosophy IMO is absolutely bang on, and Modern Soccer Coach do a podcast, which is fantastic.

Keepitonthedeck is great, and also has a facebook page

https://twitter.com/Keepitonthedeck

There is also

https://twitter.com/tacticalpedia

https://twitter.com/CoachesShare

https://twitter.com/TacticalPad

https://twitter.com/AcademySCoach

https://twitter.com/InspireCoachEd

https://twitter.com/CoachingManual

A lot of them retweet one another, and other accounts, so the amount of content being shared on Twitter for this is incredible.

In terms of books, I would definitely recommend 'Making the ball roll' by a guy called Ray Power, really helped me a lot.

Ray's twitter account is here - https://twitter.com/power_ray


Top man - really grateful for all the help.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 07:04 - Jun 21 with 1553 viewsTheFranchise

Swansea junior league?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-lwH636QtW3UTaYX2zvpmvIV76ws-XaC/view?usp=shari

There's a folder of a load of small sided games I picked up over the years of coaching juniors.

Use them rather than drills. Drills are boring and you'll lose their attention.

They're not mini adults, make it fun.
[Post edited 21 Jun 2018 7:13]
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 13:29 - Jun 21 with 1447 viewsMattG

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 07:04 - Jun 21 by TheFranchise

Swansea junior league?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-lwH636QtW3UTaYX2zvpmvIV76ws-XaC/view?usp=shari

There's a folder of a load of small sided games I picked up over the years of coaching juniors.

Use them rather than drills. Drills are boring and you'll lose their attention.

They're not mini adults, make it fun.
[Post edited 21 Jun 2018 7:13]


Port Talbot League rather than Swansea.

Thanks for the info - really appreciated. Agree 100% about drills.
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NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 14:53 - Jun 21 with 1416 viewsTheFranchise

NSR - Coaching Junior Football on 13:29 - Jun 21 by MattG

Port Talbot League rather than Swansea.

Thanks for the info - really appreciated. Agree 100% about drills.


Keep the parents behind a line about half a mile away, you'll thank me for that one.

If not half a mile, try about 2m back.
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