You volunteered to coach the soccer team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer has the answers.
In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer, longtime coaches Lindsey and Tim Blom share their experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final game.
Develop your players' dribbling, passing, shooting, and goalkeeping skills with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills. From basic plays to game-day coaching tips, it’s all here—the drills, the plays, the fun.
Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won’t forget.
About the Author
Lindsey Blom has been involved in soccer for more than 20 years. As a former collegiate and semiprofessional player, she stays active in the game through coaching. She has coached boys and girls for more than 10 years at the recreational, select, high school, and state Olympic developmental levels. During her coaching tenure, she has teamed up with her husband, Tim, on many occasions. Their similar coaching philosophies yet different styles have allowed them to develop athletes who have gone on to compete in college. Lindsey currently teaches in the sport and exercise psychology program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), carries a USSF D coaching license, and is a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
Tim Blom has had a unique opportunity to see, play, and coach soccer at a variety of levels over 25 years. Tim played soccer at Georgia Southern University at Statesboro, and his passion for the game led to his involvement in training and coaching. In Statesboro, he ran clinics for young recreational players, coached boys’ and girls’ club teams, and served as an assistant high school coach. He also served as the league development coordinator, overseeing player development and coaching education. He and his wife, Lindsey, worked together to win five West Virginia Club State Championships; they followed that with two more club state championships in Mississippi. Tim currently teaches mathematics and coaches the boys' soccer team at Eastwood Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana. His coaching philosophy is based on teaching the life lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, and hard work while always keeping soccer fun. Tim also has a USSF D coaching license and is a member of the NSCAA.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Help! Where Do I Start?
Chapter 2. Organizing Your Team Practices
Chapter 3. Teaching Dribbling Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 4. Teaching Passing and Receiving Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 5. Teaching Shooting Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 6. Teaching Defensive Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 7. Teaching Goalkeeping Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 8. Teaching Restart and Heading Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 9. Formations and Team Play Basics
Chapter 10. Game Time! What’s My Role Again?
Chapter 11. Off-the-Field Issues
Words of Praise
"Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer covers the basic Xs and Os of soccer while alleviating the fears and boosting the confidence of youth soccer coaches."
Amy Tocco - Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program
"As both a parent and a coach, it's hard to imagine a more engaging and useful resource to help with the coaching of young players. Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer is essential for succeeding as a youth soccer coach."
Carin Gabarra - Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion