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Resources for Soccer Coaches

Thank you for coaching soccer at the Y! We believe that a youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches, and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season. Whether you are a first-time coach, or a veteran, use these coaching tactics, plays, drills and tips to help your athletes excel.


Coaching Manuals

Use these drills to help engage your athletes during practice, and ensure that the practice is developmentally appropriate.

3 - 5 Year Old Soccer

6 - 9 Year Old Soccer

10 - 13 Year Old Soccer


Practice Drills

Preschool and Kindergarten Practice Plan

Basic Soccer Fundamentals

Soccer Warm-Up Games

Soccer Drills




To help foster player health, age appropriate skill development, and a positive and enjoyable experience, the YMCA has established rules that are specific for each age group.

Preschool Soccer

Kindergarten Soccer

1st/2nd Grade Soccer

3rd/4th & 5th/6th Grade Soccer


Additional Reading

Tips for the First-Time Coach

7 Critical Elements to Make Your Practice FUN!

Getting Players to Play the Best They Can

6 Tips for Motivating Young Athletes


Additional Information