NEW!! Practice Plans

Chris Uppington, Technical Director

Use these plans to teach your players proper technique and better skill development.  Don't be afraid to just stick to 3 or 4 basic plans (for an 8 or 10 year old) and always finish practice with a game.  Today, coaching development courses stress that  no one should ever use lines or to stand and pass a ball back and forth!  Is that a re-creation of the game?  NO.  For efficiency in the short periods of time we have to teach, every child should have a ball as much as possible, everyone should always be involved in the activity and be moving.  Ideally, you will start with simple, short instructions and with a buildup of 1v1 to 2v2 or 4v4 with a similar activity  at each session with no pressure to ball under pressure.  Please feel free to contact me at for assistance, advice and guidance.

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Organizing a U9/10 Practice  U9/10 Curicullum

Running a U11/12 Practice  U11/12 Curriculum

Practice for 13/14  U13/14 curriculum

Running a 15/16 practice   U15/16 curriculum

ASA Practice Model

ASA Principles

ASA Game Model and Playing Style


Decision Making

Player Outcomes

Mistake Management

Motivating Players

Questioning Your Players- the Socratic Method



Coach Education

Importance of Coaching Education     (article from - National Alliance for Youth Sports)

Most youth sports coaches are unprepared for their position. Studiesshow that only 5-10% of youth sport coaches have received any relevant training1. We...

Coach Guidance and Procedures for Bullying

Safesport Instructions that every coach completes during background check

Strategies for coaches when athletes report


United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer)


U.S. Soccer Federation unveils new coaching curriculum for coaches of players ages 5-12
April 20,...