Daviess County YSA

Coaching Tips and Advice

Special thank you to all our volunteer coaches! Without them, our league would not be able to offer soccer to Owensboro, Daviess County and surrounding areas.

Below is a sample practice outline along with several YouTube videos showing basic soccer drills and skills.

Practices can be broken down into 4 sections for any age group

1) warmup

2) technical

3) tactical

4) scrimmage

1) Warm up is anything that gets the players moving and thinking about soccer. For younger age groups, you can play any fun game to get them moving. A favorite is the original freeze tag, or come up with any number of varieties-- tag-tail tag, cops n'robbers, for example. For older teams, a traditional warm up (running and stretching) may be appropriate, but no one is ever too old to play a fun game.

2) The technical portion is where players can really lock in the basics of ball control through dribbling, passing, and shooting. This portion should be all about getting players to get as many touches on the ball as possible.

3) The tactical portion of practice is geared toward game situations, positioning/space on the field, offense, and defense.

4) Scrimmaging is a great way to wrap up a practice to showcase what the kids have learned. A good approach is to stop the scrimmage for instruction for the first half, and then just let the kids play for the final portion.

For game days, come with a plan. U4/U6 can follow the above outline for their practice portions. For older age groups, make a line up ahead of time. It will make game days easier and ensure that all players get a good amount of playing time.

YouTube is a great resource for just about any soccer drill, game, or practice plan that you are looking for.

To request more specific practice plans, please email Jeff Hendrix at jeff@allcareequipment.com.

Kentucky Youth Soccer also provides a variety of practice plans here

Please Remember
The top priority for DCYSA is for the kids to have a fun filled soccer experience. Although we do encourage competitiveness, we do not endorse a "winning at any cost" mentality. DCYSA is a recreational soccer league designed to give younger players exposure to the sport, and older players an outlet to play, practice, and improve their soccer skills. We promote good sportsmanship and fair play from not only our players, but our coaches and parents as well. Please read our code of conduct on the Code of Conduct page.
Coaching Tip
Contact your team as soon as you receive your rosters. Communication is very important to make the season go well. Figure out the best way to communicate to your team, and keep in touch throughout the season. Group texting apps or team management apps like TeamSnap are a great way to keep parents informed.
No Toes Allowed!!!!
The "toeball" is a common kicking technique used in recreational leagues everywhere, because it makes kicking the ball hard easier for younger players. Generally, this technique is frowned upon as you move up in age. It is much more difficult to control the ball when kicked with the toe and many times it can be painful. Kids should be taught from a very early age to use the shoelaces and instep (inside of foot) to make proper kicking touches. It will give them much more power and control in the long run.
Offensive Basics
Encourage players to stay spread out and use the entire field when attacking. The soccer ball does not just have to move forward at all times. An effective attacking offense will play from one side of the field to the other while also moving forward. This creates much more space to operate in as you move closer to the goal. And if the defense does not adjust quickly enough, a quick switch or cross and can find a wide open player in the perfect position to finish with a goal.
Defensive Basics
"Diving in" or "stabbing" at the ball is a common mistake young recreational players often make when trying to defend against an oncoming dribbler. This involves charging at the dribbler and immediately trying to kick the ball away. A dribbler with any skill sees this as an opportunity to make a quick move and beat the defender. A better technique is for the defender to be patient and simply stay in front of the dribbler. The defender should shuffle feet and move side to side to stay in front of the dribbler waiting patiently for the dribbler to make a bad touch with the ball. At that point the defender can make a play on the ball. As the dribbler gets closer to the goal, a patient defender should close the gap between them and the ball, but not dive in.
Coaching Videos