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Train your coaches
The single most important action a youth sports organization can take to enhance its program is to train its volunteer coaches. Encourage your organization to train their coaches. A Parent Orientation Program and Criminal Background Checks are also available.

Footy4Kids
(Another UK site full of resources for coaches of young kids)
http://www.footy4kids.co.uk
This site promotes putting kids and fun first. There is an abundance of good articles including sections on coaching fundamentals, basic skills training, organizing practice sessions, first aid, dealing with parents, how children think, and lots more. You can find information on what to say to kids at practice and how to coach pre-school children. There is LOTS of information and reading on this site so scroll down on home page for listings of some of the available resources.

US Youth Soccer Organization
www.usyouthsoccer.org
US Youth Soccer promotes a fun, safe and healthy game for all kids. They also have lots of resources on their website including video of 50 of the most basic soccer skills, a download page full of resources for administrators and a tournament database. Updated 11/28/07

Soccer Tournament Directory
www.soccertournament.us
This site features US and Canadian soccer tournaments organized by year and date. You can find tournaments for a holiday weekend or an indoor tournament. Added 1/18/05

Coach's Manual
http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~dgraham/manual
The Soccer Manual Web Page is a great place for coaches of all levels. It offers helpful resources, instructions to teach basic principles, practical guidelines, practice plans to teach basics, and more. We recommend the link on How to Coach the Very Young. Overall, this is a very complete Site that will help you learn or reinforce the basics of coaching youth soccer. There is also a downloadable version of the manual in a small size version to print.

Anti-Smoking Soccer Coach's Manual
www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sport_initiatives/coaches_manual
This manual has drills to teach players how to be in control when outnumbered, both in soccer and in life. It promotes a smoke-free soccer environment.

Goalkeeper Coaching
www.frii.com/~benji/goalkeeping
At last a Web page designed to help coaches train the most mysterious position of soccer, the goalkeeper! This one is one of the few Web pages out there that specifically concentrate on this position from drills, footwork, and tactics to equipment, psychology and more goalkeeping links.

World of Soccer
www.worldofsoccer.com
Site full of excellent soccer resources. One very convenient feature of this Web page is the great selection of free youth soccer books that you can order directly from the Site.

Better Soccer More Fun
www.bettersoccermorefun.com
Very complete Web Site that concentrates on a European style called "Dutch Vision" which covers almost all soccer issues imaginable. According to the sources given in this page, (which are lectures, coaching sessions, informal talks, critiques and handouts among others) this site intends to introduce this European style to the Americas. I recommend the children's section of the page.

Soccer Help
www.soccerhelp.com
The soccer dictionary in this Web Site can be a great tool for the youth soccer coach. With over 350 definitions of terms, concepts and rules this Web page clarifies many basic concepts of the game.

Soccer Performance
www.soccerperformance.org
Another nicely designed Web Site that offers drills for soccer training, but the Special Topics section is the most interesting. Cover topics are drugs, injuries, external factors, match analysis, and even technology.

Soccer Association for Youth
www.saysoccer.org
This useful website has some important things every coach should know and some good basis first aid information. Updated 6/26/09

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