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Recreational Coaching Courses and Resources

General Player Skill Progression Outline


  • dribbling
  • shooting
  • balance
  • running
  • jumping
  • movement education


  • ball lifting & juggling
  • block tackle
  • receiving ground balls with the inside & sole of the foot
  • shoot with inside of the foot
  • throw-ins
  • agility
  • eye-foot & eye-hand coordination
  • movement education


  • range of motion flexibility
  • running with the ball
  • passing; instep drive
  • receiving ground balls with the instep & outside of foot
  • receiving bouncing balls with the instep (cushion) and sole or inside or outside of foot (wedge)
  • fakes in dribbling
  • For goalkeepers: ready stance; how to hold a ball after a save; diamond grip; catching shots at the keeper; introduction to goal kicks & throwing


  • feints with the ball
  • receiving bouncing & air balls with the thigh & chest
  • outside of foot pass
  • bending shots
  • crossing to space
  • heel pass
  • flick pass
  • introduce chipping to pass
  • introduce half volley & volley shooting
  • introduce slide tackle
  • For goalkeepers: footwork; W grip; bowling; low dives & forward diving; angle play;  introduce deflecting & boxing; sidewinder kick


  • heading to score goals & for clearances while standing or jumping
  • heading to pass
  • diving headers
  • flick headers
  • bending passes
  • crossing to the near / far post & penalty area
  • receiving with outside of the instep
  • outside of foot shot
  • dummy the ball
  • shoulder charge
  • For goalkeepers far post play; medium & high diving; deflecting over the crossbar & around the posts; boxing & catching crosses; half- volley (drop kick); kick saves; long over arm throws; saving penalty kicks

In-House Session Plans

10 Week Session Outline

U6 - Bring Back
U6 - Gates
U6 - Ouch
U6 - Elevators
U6 - Robin Hood
U8 - Dribbling D2

U10+ - 4 Corners
U10+ - Color Pass
U10+ - Defensive Agility
U10+ - Diamond
U10+ - End Zones
U10+ - Give N Go - YouTube Video
U10+ - Give N Move
U10+ - Overlap
U10+ - Round Table

Professional Coaching Resources

Technical Circle Drill

Defending Dribbling Drill

Block Tackle Drill

US Youth Soccer Fundamentals

US Youth Soccer - Small Sided Games

US Youth Soccer - Coaching Videos

US Soccer Player Development Initiatives

FIFA - Laws of the Game

US Youth Soccer - Laws of the Game

US Youth Soccer - Player Development Model

NSCAA Online Coaching Course

Utah Youth Soccer Resource Page

2016 Holiday Coaches Book: Sessions and Activities From Across the World - 6th Edition Compiled by Bobby Puppione, Cincinnati United Soccer Club

Kentucky Youth Soccer Resources

National "F"

Official U.S. Soccer Webpage

The "F" license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age. The "F" license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

National "E"

Official U.S. Soccer Webpage

The National E course is open to all applicants who hold a U.S. Soccer National F license and who are at least 16 years of age.
The National E course is an 18-hour course, typically held over one weekend, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the National D course.

FYSA "E" Course Locations