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SoccerHelp Home PageWith all of these age groups do not try to teach too much in one practice; their attention spans are too short & it won't be fun. SoccerHelp Practice Games are the ideal way to teach these age groups. The Games are fun, they keep all the players involved and active, and they are "self-teaching" and players learn by simply playing the games. The Games are designed to teach different skills and concepts. Simply select the Games that teach the things you want your team to learn.
- U-4 Soccer Players, How To Coach (and Practice Games for U-6 and U-8)
- U-6 Soccer Players, How To Coach (see U-4 above for some excellent U-6 Practice Games)
- U-8 Soccer Players, How To Coach (read U-6 above first)
- Recommendations for U4 & U6 Coaches and Soccer Leagues
Testimonials from U6 Soccer Coaches
"I have to give credit to Coach Doug's DVD. It keeps the practices fun and entertaining, and we've only played about 6 or 7 of the Practice Games so far, so there are a lot more we can play. The main thing I have taught so far is "puppy on a leash" and monster kicks with correct form. Our second game was incredible. I wish you could have seen those little kids play. I haven't had one kid reach down and grab the ball with their hands where both teams we've played have had it happen to them. We also haven't had one kid score on our own goal. They know to turn the ball around and go in the right direction. So well, in fact, that I have only played the turn around game 1 time because they already know to do it. At first I thought the patches were just a gimmick, but after using them for a week and a half I can definitely see how and why they are important. The patches have gotten 1 kid to never use his hands (he used them all the time the first practice), gotten one kid to keep playing after he got hit in the stomach, and gotten one kid to play even though he didn't want to because he was too cold, and another to practice when he was scared to play. That last kid held the patch in his hand the entire practice. Now my son asks for patches for doing stuff around the house. ("Dad, I just picked up my toys, can I get a badge?") They are awesome. My son had to sit out this past game because he was sick and when I got home he asked me if everyone got a patch. He was disappointed that he wasn't able to get one for this game. Man, I could type about this for hours but in short: everything you recommend is great. I wish I could sing your praises from the mountaintops so that more people would buy your stuff. I'm 30 and I haven't played soccer since I was 12 and this is my first time to coach, but I feel like a master coach with these kids. The parents believe in me and you can see it in their faces. If we keep improving at this rate then next year we may have to move up a level. I'll send you a pic of our team when I can. Some of our smallest, youngest kids are our best players. Take care!"
Tommy, U6 coach, TX
"I loved Coach Doug's video. I struggled coaching my son's U-6 until I watched his video. It made all the difference in the world. I now make all our U-6 coaches watch his video and they love it as well." -Amy, coach and league administrator
I NEVER played soccer before. My daughter's team needed a coach and no one stepped forward. The team was going to be canceled - that's how it started for me.
I now coach two teams each season and 'learned' how to coach all on SoccerHelp. PLAY THE GAMES and read the helps. You will be amazed. I use the patches, too. I love the current suggestions found on the website, but previously I had used them only for assists.
The results were amazing. I had 8 kids on the team and we played 4v4. By the third game in the season, we had 100% of the kids scoring a goal in just about every game because our more skilled players WANTED a patch, so they set up the less aggressive players. Once those less aggressive players got the taste of scoring and having the crowd cheer for them, well, let's just say it was exciting!
My parents loved our league games because all their kids scored (we were VERY liberal on determining who had assists so that all the kids had multiple patches before the end of the season). To see 3 year olds passing and assisting astounded me, too - I never would have thought it possible.
This is compared to our competitors who had one or two skilled kids score all their goals. Even at that, with the SoccerHelp system, we generally outscored the other teams 3 or 4 goals to every one they made. We often scored 18 or more goals in a game. Several of the other teams had kids cry or walk off the field because they were 'too tired', or some would simply play with the grass. NOT the SoccerHelp kids. We had a blast!
You have no idea how much my 3.5-4 year old all girls Team has improved!!!
In fact, I had a Dad come up to me after the game on Sat 03-17-07. he had not been to a game since the 1st game and here we are at game 5. He advised he cannot believe how much of a progression all the girls have shown.
Yes, my girls started out very slow, lost, non-aggressive etc. Granted in our league we do not keep score, but we probably lost our 1st game by 20 goals.
Since that time, if we were keeping score, we have not lost a game. AND, each week a new girl scores a goal!!!! ...amazing.
I owe all of this to SoccerHelp. The practice games are AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE!! MY Girls are so engaged, and I have parents tell me that their girls cannot wait to go to practice.
I end every Practice with MONSTER INVASTION!!! And it is so effective for getting them to come back.....!!!
I can go on and on about the success stories. But I will leave you with one - my own Daughters. Last Year my daughter played soccer as a almost 3 Year old. The coaches did nothing but throw the ball out there and let them run around. They did not engage that much at all. My daughter was so disinterested that, on game day, she did not even want to get into the game and play. She even got to the point where she did not want to go to practice. It was a grind. For games and practice, She would stay on the side and dig in the dirt and pick flowers.
THIS YEAR - I said I am going to coach and use the SoccerHelp methods - WOW...WHAT A DIFFERENCE. My daughter is now one of the better players on the team, has scored goals and dribbles the ball down the field with both feet w/o looking down!! WOW...I AM SHOCKED!!!
Anyway...A success STORY!!! I am behind this website 100%!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
Hi Coach Doug,
I was so successful and found your methods so helpful as a first year coach that I can only imagine the results if our league adopted this methodology across our league.
"I recently bought your soccer DVD on coaching Ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 and was really amazed by your training techniques." Michael, TX, USA
"I am very impressed with Coach Doug's video and training. First and formost kuddo's I have been searching for a good training tool for coaches of U6 players, I think you have it!" Geoff, Director of Recreational Soccer
"Received and reviewed the Coach Doug DVD. I love it, just what we are looking for." Geoff, U6 Program Director, FL
"The SoccerHelp Coach Doug Program really worked well on two girls, who at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't have picked to play on my team. One cried every time she fell and the other just stood there. It was Doug's Video that gave me the tools and encouragement to train these two and help them obtain the confidence to play at a level beyond anyone's expectations. The examples Doug showed of the various personalities on his team were tremendous. Doug showed me that patience and fun works in the long run. These girls never scored a goal but they always stopped the ball and turned it around and helped the team. They were always in the right place at the right time. In the semi final, when it really counted, they performed and because of them the other team did not score a goal. The patch rewards and fun games worked extremely well for these girls. Thanks again and again." Troy, U8, Member of Coach Doug's Site
I've played soccer forever but I'm coaching my son's U6 team for the very first time this season. Of course I've been online hunting for tips on how to do it, and discovered your page. It took me about five minutes to figure out that it would be worth it to pay for a Coach Doug subscription, and it's taken about five minutes of me looking through the Coach Doug's site to know that I made the right decision. Thanks so much for providing this information, especially for newbies like me. I love soccer, I want my kids to love it to, and I'm glad there's people who can help make that happen. Thanks. Alexander, Coach Doug Member
(From David at SoccerHelp - as of this writing Doug is living in Europe. I got a chuckle out of this story. Doug really makes it fun and is a great coach.)
I had a new experience tonight.
After a month break, I started training again indoors while we wait for better weather. Tonight we started about 17:15 and finally stopped about 18:45. I have kids from 4 to 9, and I am going to break those up to different days because I can't train the smaller ones in the same way as the older ones.
But anyway, about 18:45 or so, there is this 4 year old off to the side in tears, his name is Alex, he's a good player, and getting better and better with me, I have had him for more than 6 months now. When he first came out he was too shy to play, and now he plays well. Well anyway, at 1845 he is in tears over to the side, so I go over to ask his parents what happened and they say: "nothing, he just doesn't want to go home" and then they proceed to tell me that he plays at home nearly every minute. They got him a puffy soft ball for the house so he doesn't break things, and he plays with it like for every waking minute... And they said that he would have stayed and played all night, and he was crying because they were making him go home to eat and sleep...
"I recently purchased Coach Doug SoccerHelp Method of Coaching Ages 3, 4, 5 & 6 DVD and it arrived the day before our first practice. I only had time to watch 25 minutes of the DVD, but I had enough ammo to coach our first 45 minute practice. At the beginning of the practice 2 of the 8 kids were crying asking for their parents. By the end of the practice all of the kids were playing soccer and having a GREAT time. We played the carrot game, hickory dickory dock, follow the leader, and freeze. They LOVED it. My nephew is on the team and one of the parents said to my sister (without knowing she was my sister), "Wow you can tell he's done this before." This was my first time EVER to coach a soccer practice. I would recommend this video to ANY new soccer coach at this age level. I was one of the coaches who was asked to coach because they didn't have enough coaches for all of the teams. I can already tell how the techniques in the video are going to help my kids excel. BUY THIS DVD WITH CONFIDENCE! It made me look like a veteran coach and I watched the DVD 1 hour before our practice." Tommy, TX, U5
"I require all of our U4 and U6 coaches to watch the Coach Doug DVD."
Steven, IL, Coaching Director, Rec Soccer
"Thank you for such a great site!! I've already started implementing the great ideas in my practices, and they are 110% better!!!!" -Olivia, TX
First and foremost I want to thank you for all the information provided on SoccerHelp and a special thanks to Coach Doug. I have been coaching a rec league now for about 2 1/2 yrs. I started out with 3-5 Year olds with my Daughters team and then added 6-8 yr olds my next year when some of my kids moved up and I am now coaching 9-12 yr olds. With the practice games and information provided on SoccerHelp, I have managed to create an incredible atmosphere for my young players to really enjoy the game of soccer at the same time having almost every coach in the league stopping by once or twice a season to watch how I run my practices. When I get new additions to my teams I always take the ones that need the most work or the youngest of the group. By the time our first game is here we are a team that is unbeatable. Anyways I could go on for hours with this type of praise that the site has.
Coach Gregg GA, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Premium Member for 2 years
"I have used the soccer patches the last two seasons and this season as well with my U6 team. Everything the coaches have said in the testimonials are true. The patches and Coach Doug's practice games are the reason I am seeing great results on my team." Richard, posted on Facebook
"I am a female with a daycare and a bunch of preschoolers. I've never coached or played soccer. I ordered in April your DVD. And wow your DVD allowed me as a new coach to bring together 36 kids total of 4 leagues with uniforms and all. I can't tell you enough how grateful that you helped to make this happen. Coach Doug you made it look so easy."" -Coach C, NY
"Best $20 bucks I have ever spent on soccer. I just wanted to thank you for your video. I have been 4 weeks into soccer season when I came up on your site. I used your techniques and the kids loved it. Thanks again." Coach Ben (he bought the Coach Doug Streaming Video)
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