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How To Coach Soccer

How To Coach Soccer

Today we are learning how to coach soccer.
This video is geared towards coaches. What’s going on? Little dap!
It’s Jared Montz, former pro and founder of Online Soccer Academy.
Coaching is a lot more then setting up cones and running drills. It’s the mental side
of the game that isn’t always taught in most coaching courses. The mental game is
what really separates great coaches from okay coaches.
Be the coach players call a role model. Be the coach players invite to their wedding
one day. Be the coach players can trust. Don’t be the coach they hate. Don’t be the coach
they are scared of. Don’t be the coach that crushes their confidence.
I’ve been coaching for 10 years, we’ve done hundreds of OSA Soccer Camps around the
United States and we’ve been producing free Online Soccer Academy videos to players and
coaches worldwide since early 2009. This video is just a few mental tips I find
helpful when coaching. For physical tips, drills, exercises and how to videos, watch
our 200+ free OSA videos at Key Points! Key Point One – Ask questions!
Keep your coaching points short and ask questions when you can. For example if you are working
on shooting and a kid keeps missing his shots to the left. Instead of saying, “Billy,
quit missing! You keep missing left. Don’t do that.” Then Billy just runs by you like
okay coach. He may not even have heard you. Instead ask a question. Say, “Billy, love
your energy today but your shots keep missing left. Do you know why that’s happening?”
Now, Billy’s mind is engaged. He needs to think about his answer versus him not even
hearing you and just saying yeah coach. If he replies with the right answer, then great
you know he’s learning. If he replies back with the wrong answer then great, now you
know how far off he is and can give him the correct answer which is probably that his
shoulders are turning left when he shoots. Key Point Two – Use the “Repeat it back
to me” trick. Lots of coaches will say something like, “Sarah,
let’s pass it with your left foot, yes!” Then Sarah says, “Yes” because you pretty
much told her too and then she passes it with her right foot. You are then like looking
up at the sky trying to contain your frustration and not pull your hair out if you have any
on why she didn’t do what you said. Here is where the “Repeat it back to me”
trick comes in handy. In your mind, you said left, but in her mind when she said yes for
left, but she actually meant right. A great example of this is a story of a player
at one of our OSA Camps in State College, Pennsylvania. Smart kid, good player, but
just learned a little different then everyone else and there is nothing wrong with that.
We were doing a shooting exercise where you dribble up one on one with the goalie and
you are suppose to pass the ball with your right foot, into the right side of the goal.
In short it was, “Right, Right”. I set up the exercise, first five kids are
getting it and every shot is right, right into the goal. Then my thinking different
player comes up and does it right, left. I say, “good shot, but it’s right, right
not right, left.” He says, “Yeah coach” as he’s running back to the line.
Next turn for him he scores right, left again and I’m starting to get frustrated, but
I immediately at this point think maybe it’s me, not him. Did I set this exercise up wrong?
So I decide to use the “Repeat it back to me” trick. I say, “Buddy, it’s right,
right. Repeat that back to me”. He says, “yeah coach” as he continues to run back
to the line. So now I’m like he clearly isn’t hearing me because his mind is going
so fast. So I say, “Come over here.” I get him
in front of me and off to the side of the exercise and say, “The exercise is right,
right. Repeat that back to me.” He then says, “Right, left”. I start smiling right
away because in his mind he had been doing the exercise correct the whole time and he
had. He scored his two shots both right, left and they were nice. I then say, “No buddy,
it’s actually right, right. Repeat that back to me.”
He repeats “right, right” back to me correctly and his next shot was perfect. Right, right.
So I know it can be frustrating in those moments when you feel like a player isn’t listening
to you, but try to take a deep breath and figure out how to fix the problem versus just
yelling at them. Try the “Repeat it back to me” trick.
Key Point Three – Don’t Yell for Mistakes. We all make mistakes. Even top pros do. Great
coaches don’t yell at players when they make one mistake. Ideally if a player messes
up you want your player reacting positive and hustling back on defense without even
thinking you are mad at them because they know you support them.
If your player messes up and immediately looks at the bench area scared you are about to
yell at them that is not good. You don’t want your players playing scared.
Now if they make three mistakes in a row because they aren’t paying attention that is a different
story. By all means be firm with them and let them know to wake up.
Just imagine your boss or co-worker yelling at you every time you have a typo. The anxiety
of trying to work with that person would be awful. Don’t create that feeling for your
players. Key Point Four – No long lines.
This is a classic. If you have a line of ten players doing one exercise figure out how
to make it two lines of five. Shorter lines lead to less standing around and less standing
around leads to less chances of players getting bored and getting into trouble.
Key Point Five – Make it fun and remove pressure.
If you watch some of the top pro teams in the world they look like they are having a
blast at practice. Laughing, cutting up and then when it’s time to get serious they
get serious. Do your best to create a fun environment.
Create fun, goofy type warm ups to get players to loosen up. Tell them it’s okay if they
make a mistake and then of course when they do, don’t yell at them.
These types of actions from you lead to removing pressure for them. When the pressure is removed,
they play better. Naturally they will put a little pressure on themselves, but if you
can help keep them loose that will do wonders for your team.
Key Point Six – Be positive, not negative. Yes, there are times when you need to talk
about negative moments like mistakes with players and that is okay, but do it in the
right way. I was coaching a seven-year-old little girl
once in a defending exercise. She was smiling big and trying so hard, but the player she
was defending just kept running right by her and she was diving in on defense.
I could of said, “Sarah, quit diving in. She is beating you every time. You have to
do better!”. This is negative and would have dampened her smiling spirit and caused
her to put her head down and be scared on the next play.
Instead I called her over and started with a positive. I said, “Sarah, I’m so proud
of you for how hard you are working. I see you smiling big. Are you having fun?”. She
replied with a smile, “Yes” and then I said, “Great! Why do you think the defender
keeps running by you even though you are working so hard?” She didn’t really know, so I
re explained to her how to set her feet and not dive in. She ran back to the line with
a smile and her head held high. The very next play she won the ball with confidence!
Two different styles I could have used with her, but for me, more times then not choosing
the positive not negative style usually leads to faster, better results for your players.
Helpful Videos! We have lots of videos to help you coach! Videos on creating a pre practice
plan, sessions to do, tips on how to teach juggling, dribbling, passing, shooting, etc.
Plus we cover what could go wrong and how to fix it on most techniques. All the videos
are free. Enjoy them at! Bonus Tip! Thanks for being a coach! I know
it’s not easy to coach and lots of you volunteer your time. Thank you for giving back. I hope
your players and their parents appreciate you the way they should.
Hope you enjoyed this Online Soccer Academy video! Click here to watch our incredibly
helpful 200+ free videos, go here if you want a Believe in it® shirt and go here if you
are a coach and want to host an OSA Soccer Camp.
My name is Jared Montz and remember if you Believe in it® and back that up with hard
work, anything in life is possible. Believe in it®!

71 thoughts on “How To Coach Soccer”

  1. Guys, I'm having trouble to decide which position I'm better at. I'm kind of tall for my age (16 years – 1,80m or a bit more) and I have good ball control, effective dribbling skills and great vision of the field. My pace and finishing are kinda good as well. My friends tell me I play better as a Cdm, but I feel more comfortable and confident as a Lw. What can I do to find out?

  2. This is a great video. So many people volunteer to coach our youth, but don't know how to relate to kids, which can be frustrating for the coach (and not fun for the kids). A frustrated coach can cause all kinds of issues!!! Jared, this video nailed it!!! I especially like the positive vs negative approach it's SO true!!! I wish youth coaches got that!!! Thanks Jared, as always… great job (see I used it there) 🙂

  3. Useful, there needs to be more of these types of videos. There is an art to coaching and very few are able to do it successfully.

  4. Wonderful advice for coaches. I recently met John Bluem, the men's head coach at The Ohio State University, and he also promotes positive coaching at all levels. When we accept a coaching assignment, we are taking on the responsibility of being a role model to the players. Thanks for offering great practical tips.

  5. Hey I wanted tips to how to get back on the soccer grind and get good again after not playing for a few months

  6. I don't really think this would work in Ireland it's quick play and physical which leads to aggressive coaching but sometimes that translates into the player

  7. Hey jared my mom just told me that my uncle was one of the main investors in making the chicago fire a team we had every sport except soccer at the time

  8. hey jared why cant i run faster and dribble better with shoes instead i run fast and dribble well with barefoot thank you for your feedback

  9. Yessssssss signed my long term contract for Fulham hopefully I make it as a proper athlete. Ur channel made me believe in it.

  10. Ha ha…. I love the repeat after me tip. Your example explanation made me laugh as that has happened to me with my team.

  11. this is my first time coaching soccer already lost 3 games been looking at a lot of these videos they help but I'm having a hard time getting players in-game stay in their positions set of dribbling the ball all over the place what can I do to help them pass the ball more in their position? thanks posting up a video may help

  12. Am running a charity organization helping Street and needy children by developing their talents and so far, am coaching football and i love watching your videos because they are great advise towards me.
    Is there any way we can catch up please, i need advise, sponsors, volunteers, donors or anyone that can support anyhowly.

  13. I have a pretty big problem. I play for my High School soccer team and sometimes when we have a game i am just kind of scared to play as like nervous. I dont know what it is or what to do about it. I feel like the players are better than me and are going to beat me hence why i am nervous, and i am scared to mess up or lose the ball. I dont make mistakes really but i am scared the opposition will beat me. My friends are always making fun of me saying that i am on the bench alot and that judt really puts me down and makes me not want to play anymore. Even though i play good i just dont know how to fix my nervous problem. I also feel a little bit like i take the game too serious and im scared to make a mistake or lose the ball. I am good on the ball with ball control and shooting and passing i am just nervouse
    Can Somebody please tell me how to fix my problem.
    Thank you so much for reading. It truly means a lot

  14. Can you make video, how to deal with parents?
    Parents are coaching kids during the game, complaining about playing time, judging the coach and training, some players not ready to play in flight 1 team but they arguing with the coach why the coach is not taking the kid to flight 1 team and more ….

  15. I just started coaching and curious what is a good portable goal for 7 year old girls team for practice.

  16. New coach? No problem, at Soccer Training 101, we will teach you how to be the best coach possible!

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  18. Can I talk a little about my views on soccer and soccer coaching here?
    I'm from South America and I think that there are some things that take place in North America that are worth noticing.
    1 – There's not a cultural soccer coaching tradition in the US or Canada. That's why the most successful soccer coaches here try to emulate what they do in other countries (England, Germany or Spain). Which is not a bad thing, yet it leaves me with the impression that some of it (a lot of it actually) is lost when we try to emulate or imitate what other people do. I think it would be a lot more interesting to get to know why it is that they do what they do.
    2 – In the US and Canada, there's this exaggerated focus on drills and developing individual skills. I'm all for drills if they help develop team work. And I do believe that there a sort of limit to what a drill or practice can do in terms of improving individual player's skill level. I do believe that each player already comes with a certain set of skills and that each of them feel comfortable playing in a certain position, which can be put to use in order to improve the team's overall performance. Yet I do believe in a practice, usually done once a week, where we change the players position that he gets the feel of what it is playing in a completely different position.
    3 – In the US and Canada, there's not much in terms of media exposure. If a local youth team wins a tournament – well, that's cool, and people will remember it for a few days. In other countries such as Italy or Argentina, those "small" trophies will be kept as treasures by the players' families. The emotional investment is huge. A soccer team represents the local community and that's why people support those clubs.
    4 – Soccer players should have the ability to spot good potential. 'Cause at the end of the day, that's what a soccer match is : the fulfillment (or not) of a player's / team's potential.
    5 – Professional teams have a lot of things going for them when it comes to getting ready to face a certain adversary. There's video footage, statistics, data on individual players. At the youth level, it's a lot harder to get access to information which would provide one's team with an edge over the competition.
    Me, personally, I don't like soccer coaches who yell a lot during matches. I think that if the training sessions were well conducted, then the players should have a pretty good idea of what it is that they should do (or try to do). Great coaches make some adjustments and change players. Bad coaches yell all the time and always complain about the referee's decisions.

  19. I coach a u8 team when they are on practice they do almost everything great. But on the games they donot try or get afraid.dont know how to change that

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  21. I love the repeat it to me tactic an use it quite often. Any time I'm talking to a group of kids, there's always a couple of them that are looking off in the distance or talking to each other. When I say something like "Next practice is tomorrow at 6pm". I'll pick one of those kids and say "Dave. When do we practice again?" If he doesn't know, I'll ask another and if he doesn't know I'll ask the whole group. If during practice, I'm stressing something like pass when you are under pressure I'll say it two or three times. Then I'll ask the kids "Did everyone hear what I just said?" They'll, of course say yes then I'll ask them to repeat it….two or three times. Again, there's a couple of kids not paying attention but when they hear the whole group responding to my question and they don't know what's going on, they usually jump back to attention and repeat what the other kids are saying. That's why I ask them to keep repeating. Some kids get embarrassed when they are singled out so get the whole group to repeat what you said to keep that from happening.

  22. Is this for teaching kids? Cuz when u talk about talking with them if they make a mistake u treat them like 5 year olds…players need to know when they are in the wrong…but there are ways to talk to them with out treating them like 5 year olds….for example in your case when you talk about player Sarah…why dont you say…She keeps passing you…read the ball not her legs…her moves will become clear to you!….that way she knows what she must do…instead of making her ask herself a question cuz that will make her take 10 mins or more before realising her mitakes.

  23. How to become a football coach even if not a football player? Is it not a problem as my career? Because I'm not good at playing football but I love football very much.

  24. Wow, seriously great video! My 10 year old just started playing soccer and I want to coach her to be a better player. I know that I will watch this video repeatedly to make myself a better coach. Thank you!

  25. I’m in my last year of high school and and I’ve been playing soccer all my life and I think I want to become a high school coach for soccer and I’m really nervous that I won’t be good enough

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