I am coaching a boys U9 team and just completed the first tournament with a 4-0 run. The boys are playing 8 vs 8 for the first time and we had at least 5 or 6 goals nullified due to offsides calls. Is there a drill or game that I can run to teach my kids about staying onsides?
As a testimonial regarding the iron-on soccer ball patches, I wanted you to know how my kids are very competitive to win one of four patches we award each game. I have even heard that the parents comment on a good play stating that such a play might earn a patch. My team is the only one presently using the patches and I think it makes a difference in how the boys compete. The boys will be having the patches stitched onto their uniform shorts. Thanks for the great motivational tool.
Coach Tom, IL, USA
Congratulations on your success and thanks for this letter. My belief was and is that kids grow up fast and the more fun you can have while they're young, the better. You're giving them some fun memories.
Regarding how to teach them to stay onside:
Please let me know if this helps,