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Empowering Youth Soccer Coaches:
A Comprehensive Onboarding Guide

This playbook serves as a foundational resource
for new volunteer coaches,equipping them
with the knowledge and tools necessary
to foster a positive and developmentally
appropriate soccer experience for young player

The "Foundational Playbook" by Vince Ganzberg, intended for US Club Soccer coaching, offers a comprehensive guide to educating new coaches, particularly those working with children aged 5 to 10 years. The playbook is designed to assist coaches in developing a coaching philosophy, planning and managing sessions, communicating effectively with parents, and understanding the developmental needs of young players.

Key Components of the Playbook:

  1. Introduction to Coaching Philosophy: Coaches are encouraged to establish their "why" – their coaching philosophy – focusing on positivity, safety, and the developmental needs of the children.

  2. Starting Point: Guidance is provided on setting clear objectives, communicating with parents, and managing equipment and game days to ensure a safe and positive environment.

  3. Age-specific Coaching Guidance:

    • For 5-6-year-olds, emphasis is on basic skills like dribbling and ball manipulation, introducing striking and passing, and fostering a fun and safe environment.
    • For 7-8-year-olds, the focus shifts to refining dribbling, passing, and shooting skills, along with introducing basic tactical concepts like attacking and defending as a group.
    • For 9-10-year-olds, coaching includes advanced skills development, understanding game tactics like attacking and defending principles, and encouraging psychological growth such as developing a growth mindset and teamwork.
  4. Communication Tips: The playbook emphasizes the importance of positive communication, offering strategies like the "sandwich technique" (positive-corrective-positive feedback) and encouraging coaches to engage players in discussions and reflective questions.

  5. Session Plans: Detailed session plans are provided for each age group, outlining activities and games that reinforce the weekly themes and skills focus, ensuring a structured yet flexible approach to player development.

  6. Assessment and Adaptation: Coaches are encouraged to adapt activities using the STEP approach (Space, Time, Equipment, Process) and continuously assess players' understanding and application of learned skills.

  7. Safety and Fun: Constant reminders are woven throughout the playbook to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe environment, prioritizing the well-being and enjoyment of the players.


Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association
P.O. Box 472 
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Phone: 551-427-2385
Email: [email protected]

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