Is SoccerHelp For Me?

Dear SoccerHelp,

I just finished my first year of coaching (NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH THE GAME OF SOCCER). I coached my daughter's U14 girls AYSO. My youngest daughter plays U10 AYSO.

I don't want to waste my money or my time teaching inappropriate techniques. I am serious about learning as much as possible about this game and coaching effectively...not just winning. I want to develop players.

I came across your website while searching for a good source of drills for youth soccer. I have seen other sites, but a lot of the drills seemed rather "pointless" in terms of "real world" soccer.

I have some concerns about what I saw from not just the U14 girls that I coached, but also those we played against. I have a few comments and questions for you:

Is your site what I need? I want to continue coaching for many more years, AND I want to do it right.



Hi Bruce,

SoccerHelp was created for Rec coaches like you. When I satrted 12 years ago I knew nothing about soccer.

The short answer is "Yes". There's a 30 day money-back guarantee-- a no questions asked refund policy.

The Practice Games are a key part of Premium. Our Games are different-go here to read:( ) -- read this entire section, including "Tips For Practices" and "Things You Need For Practice". This section is called "Soccer Drills" because that's the search term most coaches use, but they're "Practice Games", not drills, and there's a huge difference. Also, they're all rated by age and they work.

If you have your U-19 and U-14 play the "Dribble Across A Square" game they will quickly improve. They will learn how to dribble in traffic with their head up and how to Speed Dribble and how to turn. Read "Dribbling- How To Teach" on SoccerHelp or Premium.

You can learn a lot about how to teach defense from SoccerHelp. I just replied to a former college player who is coaching U-8 and subscribed.

On offense, we have a different approach than many coaches. We believe you should recognize the constraints and limitations (practice time and athletic ability being 2 big constraints) and coach in a way that is fun and successful. Bruce, you will not be able to teach a Rec team to play a controlled passing attack-- your weak/un-athletic players are the weak link. If you try this, both you and your players will be unhappy. We recommend a "passing to space" style of attack (as opposed to "passing to feet") that looks a little like "Boom Ball" but is very different in the sense that it is part of an attacking plan and the ball is "cleared" from the "Defensive Third" into the Middle Third or Attacking Third, where attackers are in position to win the ball and launch the attack.

I agree that running wind sprints is an inefficient way to practice.

Read the Testimonials. They will tell you what you need to know. We came online 3 years ago and are now the # 1 soccer coaching site in the world, with over 1.2 million visitors this year.

David SoccerHelp