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Coaching Guides and Tools

US Youth Soccer Guides


The following are coaching guides from US Youth Soccer. Click on each link to access:
 - I Volunteered To Coach  - some useful information for coaches
 - How to write a training session plan
 - U6-U8 Practice Activities
 - U10 Practice Activities
 - U12 Practice Activities

NJYS Practice Sessions Plans

US Soccer Grassroots - Play Practice Play Guides
Play Practice Play 7v7 U9 U10 Sessions Plans
Play Practice Play 9v9 U11 U12 Sessions Plans

Changing the Game Project

Articles, podcasts, course, webinars on research and best practices for coaches and adults involved with youth soccer.

NJYS & Youthsoccer101-volunteer coaches
Youthsoccer101 in partnership with NJ Youth Soccer provides NJ coaches FREE access to a variety of age appropriate soccer activities and lesson plans. 

Their simple program produces powerful results for this incredibly important group of coaches. For almost 10 years Youthsoccer101 has helped guide 100,000+ grassroots coaches.

Click Here to Register for Practice Plans


Build Out LInes

Build Out Lines for U9/U10 Effective Spring 2018 - Build Out Lines

Effective for the Spring 2018 season, JR 1 & 2 teams (Recreational Division) and U9 & U10 teams (Travel Division) will be using the new US Soccer Build Out Line rules.

Click here for an explanation of the rules  

The following lesson plans are designed to help young player learn the new rules:

 - Click here for "Build Out Line Lesson Plan 1-3-2-1 Formation"

 - Click here for "Build Out Line Lesson Plan 1-2-3-1 Formation"

Player Development Programs Registration Listing

2019 Fall Travel Skills Clinics with UPSA

Utd Premier Soccer Academy trainer Mark Dutton will running Skills Training for Travel Players

8 Weeks of skills training for travel soccer players on Wednesday evenings.

Division:  U8 - U11 
Cost:  $75.00
Dates:  September 11, 2019 - October 30, 2019
Day:  Wednesday
Time:  6:15pm - 7:15pm
Location:  Middlebush Park 

Division:  U12+
Cost:  $90.00
Dates:  September 11, 2019 - October 30, 2019
Day:  Wednesday
Time:  7:15pm - 8:45pm
Location:  Middlebush Park  

U8 - U11

Season Dates: 09/11/2019 to 10/30/2019


Season Dates: 09/11/2019 to 10/30/2019

2019 Fall Recreational Div Skills Clinic

Coaches from the Franklin High School varsity teams will be conducting skills clinics for recreation division players on Monday's at Middlebush Park starting September 16, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm. All registered Pee Wee, Junior and Senior/High School Recreational Players are encouraged to participate. The clinics will focus on increasing the player's comfort on the ball and basic understanding of the game.

Sessions each week will be broken out by age group as follows: 
Pee Wee Divisions 6:00 - 7:00 PM
JR Divisions 1-6 & HS/Seniors 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Day:   Mondays
Date:  September 16 - November 4
Location: Middlebush Park - 421 Demott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Cost:  Free

Please only enroll if you are committed to attending as you may be taking a spot from someone else who is interested. 

Junior 1-6 & HS/Seniors (Boys and Girls)

Season Dates: 09/16/2019 to 11/04/2019

Pee Wee Boys and Girls

Season Dates: 09/16/2019 to 11/04/2019

2019 Fall Goalkeeper Clinic

A free goalkeeper clinic for interested recreational and travel players.  W.E.S.T. training group will be running the sessions.

The training is open to players 10 years of age and older.  The primary reasons for the age restriction are:

1.  Trainer has asked for this limitation 
2.  The ability for most children under the age of 10 to accurately judge and track the flight of a ball or understand the concepts of cutting down angles is just not mature enough to warrant goalkeeper training.
3.  It is too early for players younger than 10 to be specializing in a position.

Space is limited to 10 players per practice, so please only enroll if you are committed to attending and serious about wanting to specialize as a goalkeeper. 

Sept 9 - Oct 30
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  U10-U12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM U13+

10 & Older Recreational & Travel Division

Season Dates: 09/11/2019 to 10/30/2019