For the younger age groups (U6-U11), you don’t have to be experienced to be a Coach! If you are enthusiastic, responsible, a good organizer and a good learner, the Club will provide you with the resources to become a successful Coach!
Organize a weekly training session for the season. For the U6 to U7 3/4 hour and U8 to under 15 age groups, one-hour sessions are ideal. For U16 & upwards, one and a half-hour sessions are ideal. Best time for training is from 4.00pm onwards on a weekday. If training session is from 5.00pm onwards, select a training ground which has lighting (necessary during mid-winter).
2. During the season:
Check the SIFC website for wet weather updates and field closures.
*Bring a first aid kit, bibs, balls and witches hats.
*Plan the structure of your session on paper before each session.
*Encourage 100% player attendance and make training enjoyable and competitive.
*Encourage assistance by parents. For the younger age groups, you need an assistant!
If more than one parent offers to coach, give it a go! Work as a team!
*Check the NSSA website for last minute updates on games
*Bring your SIFC Sports Bag with your match ball, goalie shirt first aid kit and a whistle.
*Organize a roster for half/part games to ensure each player has equal time off the field. Frequent interchange is allowed up to and including U18s to ensure all players participate equally.
*Determine each player’s playing positions. During the season, players in the U6-U10 age groups may be rotated through all the playing positions including the goalkeeper’s position. For U11 & upwards, players will tend to settle into specific positions and this should be encouraged. Always maintain a balance between positional rotation and team performance
*Determine the game tactics.
3. At the end of the season:
*Must provide the Club with Coaches Reports for your team.
+Make playing soccer fun, with plenty of encouragement and be positive!
+Be a knowledgeable coach! Read and talk about football with other coaches. Attend coaching clinics and courses.
+Respect the opposing team and referees, whether you approve of their actions or not.
+Support your team Manager as required and maintain a happy team!
+Always encourage your team to play to its best ability and take a balanced approach to winning.