Ensure that your plans are flexible. Every now and then, your plans may not go as intended. For instance, you may have to deal with unexpected rain or illness, or the kids may fail to show up. It is important to be prepared to deal with every potential blocker by ensuring that you have alternative arrangements.
It is advisable to have lots of soccer practice games at hand. This is because some of them will not lead to the intended goals and will have to be done away with. Flowing with the training will allow you to identify what works best for the kids and what doesn’t.
Every session should begin with warm up exercises. Ensure that you include the soccer ball in some of the warm up drills to complement the regular drills. You could also launch some new and exciting exercises, including Fetch. In this game, the coach is meant to randomly throw the ball to a player, who will then return it to him using one or both of his feet.
Kids could also roll the ball back using only their feet, or kicking it between their feet as they move towards the coach. There are plenty more soccer drills that you could include in the warm up drills.
Every player should get the opportunity to have the soccer ball for himself. This calls for you to devise different activities that involve the ball. Some of the activities that should be included in the practice session include shooting, hitting the ball against a wall and dribbling. Movement should be as free as possible; this means that lines should be avoided whenever possible.
During soccer coaching, once the individual activities are complete, group activities should be given the priority. There are two particular drills that are ideal for practicing: these are passing as well as receiving the ball. Ensure that the kids work as a team during group activities. Note that kids will naturally take some time before they get used to the idea of team spirit as they transition into team play from individual play. You must ensure that you take the lead role in this area by laying emphasis on the need for the players to support each other in the team if they are to win any matches.
Weak players should especially cultivate the team spirit as this is critical to their success as well as that of the team.
Kids should also be instructed to play soccer within their teams but without a goalkeeper. Get them to hit goals and do not put up boundaries. The teams can alternate in attacking and then defending. This will help them be flexible and in the process, they could also come up with new techniques.