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Volunteer Coach

All teams require a volunteer coach who will need to be present at training / practice and games. Ideally, each coach will have a volunteer to assist with coaching.

Each Division (age group) will have an Age Group Coordinator to help guide their coaches towards learning techniques needed to develop their coaching skills.

Coach - Parent Meeting

At the beginning of the season – preferably at the first training session / practice – coaches should meet with the players’ parents to help foster communication, support and enthusiasm. The following list includes key points to remember at this meeting:

  • Introduce yourself and your assistant coaches.
  • Provide copies of the team roster.
  • Discuss and / or distribute the training / game schedule.
  • Collect parent contact information and emergency contact information.
  • Remind parents to advise you of any ‘need-to-know’ medical conditions.
  • Discuss what is expected of parents and solicit their assistance.
  • Discuss parent / spectator conduct at games.
  • Leave plenty of time so parents can ask you any questions or voice any concerns.

Planning a Training Session

A successful training session, focuses on one theme – such as ball control, dribbling or passing. Coaches should plan training with the following outline in mind –

1.  Warm‐up – with the ball – to challenge balance, agility and coordination. Warm-up activities should be FUN physical challenges.  (5 minutes)

2.  Individual and / or small group skills activities. Individual activities include each player with their own ball – and may involve skills such as dribbling and ball control. Small groups of 2-3 players is a good opportunity to introduce team concepts – for example, passing and receiving. (10 - 15 minutes)

3.  Large group skills activities. Turn drills into games by modifying playground games. Think – Red Light, Green Light  or Sharks and Minnows. Try to avoid drills with players waiting in lines. Instead, plan activities that allow ALL players to keep moving / practicing with opportunity for frequent touches on the ball. If drill lines are unavoidable – create two or more lines and run a relay race or contest.  (15 - 20 minutes)

4.  PLAY SOCCER! Scrimmage – small-sided game.  (20 minutes)

5.  Cooldown / Announcements. Encourage players to practice at home by assigning ‘homework’.  (5 minutes)

Keep in mind, recreational soccer is primarily focused on fostering a lifelong love of the game! Have FUN!


The World Cup

The World Cup Game is a great way to end a practice / training session. Set aside 10-15 minutes to reward your entire age group / division with a fun competition.

How to Play - 

  • Have each team pick a country to represent.
  • One player (or a coach) will be the goalkeeper not on a team.
  • Using half of the field and one ball, have all the teams on the field when the game begins.
  • The coach throws the ball into the middle of the playing area.
  • At this point, play. The object is for you or your teammate to score on the goalkeeper. But each team will be going up against multiple other teams with the same mission.
  • If the goalkeeper saves the ball, just punt it back into the middle of the playing area.
  • Once a team scores, they leave the game and get ready for the next round. Continue playing with all the other teams.
  • The team that doesn't score is eliminated.
  • The teams that did score head back onto the field for the another round.
  • Play as many rounds as it takes to eliminate all but two teams.
  • The two final teams face off in the "World Cup Final" - and the team that scores first is the champion.


  • If you have a lot of players, you can pick two goalkeepers and utilize the entire field.
  • This game can also be played with multiple balls. The maximum number of balls you can use is one less than the number of teams on the field.

The World Cup Game for End-of-Practice Fun


Equipment each coach should consider obtaining for training / games –

  • Clipboard with Roster, Schedule, Practice Plan
  • Spare Soccer Balls
  • Ball Pump
  • Pinnies (two colors)
  • Disc Cones (different colors may be useful)
  • Stopwatch / Timer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Ice
  • Extra Water


Ball Sizes -

Size 3 - U4-8
Size 4 - U9-12
Size 5 - U13+


From US Youth Soccer's Policy on Players and Playing Rules

Documents and Links:

Below is a quick reference to Rule 303: 

Length of Games, Overtime Periods and Ball Specifications

Section 1. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games, overtime periods and ball size for each age group is as follows:

(b) In tournament play, if the game is still tied after overtime periods, FIFA "Kicks from the Penalty Mark" rules apply to determine the winner.

Section 2. (a) Except as provided by US Youth Soccer and its State Associations, the length of games and ball size for each age group shall be as follows:

(b) For the 10U, 8U, and 6U competitions, ties will stand.

Recommended Goal and Field Sizes


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Kingsport Rec Soccer

PO Box 3792 
Kingsport, Tennessee 37664

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Phone : 423-408-8144
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