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#1 BamaDevO

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 11:21 AM

I have played soccer for many years and yet never taught.
I am now the coach of a 4 & 5 yr. old team and I was wondering what I should try to teach them. How do I keep them interested? How "technical" do I get? etc.. etc...
Any information I can receive will be greatly appreciated!


#2 Doug

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 07:38 AM

Bamadevo,

There are some great simple drills on this site in the y-coach.com coaching database. Keep things simple and fun. Keep the kids busy. Make sure they all bring their own ball to practice. Small sided games are great for this age group. Sharks and minnows, red light green light, etc.

The more you can focus on fundamentals the better they will be in the long run.

Spend some time going over the field of play with them. Do some throw-ins and find out who on your team can do a good throw-in.

Most likely in games you will have a few kids that dominate touches as they are more aggressive so during practice make sure everyone gets touches or the weaker players will never get better.

Good luck!

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 08:51 AM

Thanks for the info.
We had our first practice and boy it was a fun time!
Your info will help!