Any Major League Soccer player from Landon Donovan on down has a story about
a soccer coach who helped instill the fundamentals in them at a young age.
Congratulations on your commitment to both coaching and your players.
This eight-week program provides everything you need as a coach to teach the
basics of soccer to youth players ages 4 to 6. The program is conveniently
organized by week to best show when and how to introduce each concept during
the season. For our youngest players we've chosen to focus primarily on three
technical areas, dribbling, passing, and shooting because these are the most
fundamental elements of the game. Young players should develop an
understanding of these foundational skills at the earliest levels of soccer -
and it's our job as coaches to make this happen. Take advantage of the video
tutorials and demonstrations included in this program to teach your players
and to prepare them to advance to higher levels of play. As you'll see,
written explanations and diagrams for each concept also are included and
available to print and take with you to practice. Here are some of the
concepts we'll be covering throughout the program:
Keeping balls close to the body by using
Keeping the head up.
Using the body to shield
the ball when defenders are near.
Dribbling into the largest space.
When running with the ball, the
first touch of the ball is long.
As space decreases, the ball stays
closer to the dribbler.
Attacking defenders with changes
in speed and direction. Manipulating the ball using all surfaces of the foot.
Keeping a low center of
Becoming proficient in dribbling
with both feet.
Using the inside of the foot.
Locking the ankle of the striking
non-kicking foot next to the ball and pointed in the direction of play.
Striking through the center of the
Look at the ball,
look at the target, look at the ball.
Communicating (ask and tell).
Keeping soft, bent knees.
Becoming proficient in passing and
receiving passes with both feet.
Fundamentals are the foundation essential for teaching young players that. Coaching solid fundamentals contributes to more wins as well as more fun on the field. In Coaching Youth Soccer: Ages 4 to 6, former coach for Hawaii Pacific University Nick Harrison introduces kids to basic soccer skills in 50 easy-to-follow, easy-to-teach drills that show the right way to dribble, turn, pass, receive, ...