Youth Soccer Coach

Responsibilities of a Coach

Coaches have a leadership role. They are a role model and should set an example for each player. For coaches to succeed, and for the kids to realize the best the sport has to offer, coaches must adhere to the code of fair play. Fair play can be described in three words: Behavior, Good Manners and Respect.

Coaches should perform their duties so they reflect their knowledge of the game in a manner that emphasizes good intentions and shows a proper respect for the efforts of the players,coaches and referees.


Priorities as Coaches

All coaches are expected to base their decisions on these priorities in the order shown below:


Knowledge of the Game 
Coaches are responsible for learning and understanding the Laws of Soccer for their age group.


Licensed Coach
Elite and Select team's coaches have a coaching license through US Soccer Federation.


Fun Through Sportsmanship 
Great games and good sports can be found together.  Coaches’ behavior should always be exemplary. When the game is very uneven, with a score differential of 6, coaches should instruct their players to pass the ball and to stop scoring. Respect the feelings of your opponents. Good sportsmanship needs to be taught. Some players may react abruptly, out of frustration or lack of personal control, and coaches must be held jointly responsible for the actions of their players. Teaching, modeling, and "expecting the best" are keys. Coaches are held responsible for the actions of the parents during a game and must advise the parents of this prior to the first game. Since children learn by parent's actions, good sportsmanship must be taught at home first. Good sportsmanship means a commitment from the players as well as the parents to the spirit of the game and to the team. Being part of a team means coming to practice and games and participating under the coaches’ instructions.


Coaches must ensure that players have adequate opportunities to practice. Practice is necessary to learn proper techniques and to get in condition. Deliberate breaking of the rules or dangerous play should never be encouraged and will not be tolerated.