It Is Time for “ACTION”

You have been given the title ‘soccer coach’ and your job is to teach the children ‘how to’ play the game of soccer. Rather than looking for soccer related games to teach your players your duty is to learn and teach them our wonderful game of Soccer. We, the D-7 Recreation Instructors Staff, have made this task a simple one to accomplish and we are ready to teach you how you can put ACTION into your upcoming practice sessions. 

Activity must be one of your main goals when dealing with your players. You must understand that, 'players come to practice to play -SOCCER.' Therefore, any activity that does not involve a moving soccer ball and a goal to Attack plus a goal to Defend may become disruptive. 

Clarify your practice session rules and expectations through individual and team discussions. That is, having the team decide what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. It's actually fun to have them vote on their own practice session rules. Then you must act firmly, fairly, consistently and matter-of-factly when their actions go against their own established rules.

Teach less! When the players and the ball are moving either toward the opponents’ goal or away from ones goal, soccer learning is taking place. However, when players and ball stop moving then soccer learning stops! 
Ask yourself - Does it happen in the game (i.e., drills)? 
If the answer is YES -then do it in practice. 
If the answer is NO -then don't do it in practice. 
Remember they come to you to Play Soccer…!
…and the objective is to defend one’s own goal while attacking the opponent’s goal.

Interest in playing soccer needs to be developed. You may be faced with players who are not interested in playing our wonderful game and you must adjust accordingly. Give appropriate attention to the disinterested players but not at the expense of the rest of the team. Then, make the practices so much FUN that the disinterested player may want to join. Remember that when you are working with your players you must be as helpful, understanding and patient as you are with your own children when they are learning other skills in life.

Organize the practice session in such a manner that it becomes apparent it is a rehearsal for the game day routine. This can only be accomplished through a consistent, sequential routine that allows your players to learn what is expected. It is wise to avoid -- variety. If they are introduced to something different at each practice session this will lead to some confusion and confusion can lead to disinterest. It is, also, important to remember that all games must have a goal to Attack and a goal to Defend.

No Lapse. No Lines. No Lectures! Running around the field may be considered punishment. They already know 'how to' stand in a line. It is a fact that their attention span, in most cases, is less than 15 seconds. You must create a practice environment that minimizes listening/lecture time and maximizes touches with the ball and playing time. In other words, allow them to play the game of soccer which forces them to make decisions and learn on their own. Allow them to experiment and fail their way to success as they Attack the opponents goal while Defending their own goal!

ACT now and ask your local administrators to request/organize a pre-F course for you.
If you do not have local contact information then please contact me at: 

Koach Karl
Karl Dewazien, District 7 Recreation Admininstrator

Retired, State DoC for the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) 
Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series 
Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD. 
Creator of the website: 



I looked you straight in the eyes and told you that, “I Dare You To PLAY (Soccer) Each And Every Day!”  But, you can’t seem to find anyone to play 1vs.1; or a wall; or items to set-up a slalom course 

No worries…  
Keeping a ‘Record Chart’ of your “Juggling’ will help you stay motivated and build your confidence in controlling the ball.. Your chart can/should include the Date, Number of juggles right foot only, Number of juggles left foot only, Number of juggles right to left, Number of thigh juggles, Number of head juggles Etc.  
Put your chart on the refrigerator or some other ‘special’ place in your house.  Then, post the scores of the ‘daily’ results. Finally, agree on a reward you will give to yourself whenever you set a new personal record. .  

Hey, you and your friends could organize a ‘Neighborhood Juggling’ contest.  Keep a ‘Neighborhood Chart’.  Ask a local store owner to put the chart in a ‘special’ place in the store.  Again, post the scores of the ‘daily’ results.  Finally, ask the owner to provide a reward to be given to the winner at the end of each month.  

In time your ‘Juggling’ will help you build confidence to controlling any ball passed to you. 
Once you are able to make the ball do what you want it too
That will be the day your soccer dreams will all come true..!

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Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)
District 7 Recreation Administrator

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“Your Child’s Playing Future Is At Stake” by Koach Karl

Here is some advice that may help in your 'Getting To Know Your Child's Coach' and building a good working relationship with that individual:
Approach the face-to-face meeting with the proper attitude. Your goal is to build a relationship that will benefit your child, you and the coach. This is not a grilling to assure that your child will always be in the starting line up on a winning team.

Greet the coach with a firm handshake and a big Smile. The handshake helps convey certainty, confidence and competence. The smile is an instant energizer which makes you appear approachable, friendly, relaxed, open and comfortable.

If possibly find out and greet the coach with their first and last name. However, if you do not know the coaches name then volunteer your own name and listen for the coach to give his/her name. Because a person's name is to him/her the sweetest and most important sound in any language you must remember it after the initial greeting. To do this, it is best to repeat their name in comments you make to the coach in follow up conversation. When you get a chance you may even want to write down their name on a piece of paper.

Become a good listener and encourage the coach to talk about him/herself. I'm sure you are aware that when you are talking you will hear only things which you already know; but when listening you will hear things that you did not know. You would, therefore, be wise to keep silent and yet very attentive to find out all about this prospective role model for your child.

When you feel satisfied and comfortable with the coach's personal background then you must guide him/her toward more specific subjects and you will want to ask some of the following questions:
• How many years has he/she been involved in youth soccer?
• Why/how did they get started?
• What age groups and genders have they coached?
• Their feelings on winning and losing?
• Their position on Development vs. Winning
• How they plan on improving each player and then specifically your child?
• Cover everything from: Practice rules and regulations to Playing time..!
Note: Segments & Illustrations were taken from my book: FUNdamental SOCCER –GUIDE 

Koach Karl
Karl Dewazien, District 7 Recreation Administrator
Can be reached at:

Coaching Corner

Some Tips for Coaching the Young Players by Sal Blanco

I was asked to coach my daughter’s soccer team. I don’t have a clue what to do. Can you help?” These are common questions, that come from a parents that are asked to coach otherwise there will be no team. I say: Necessity is the mother of invention. For this reason, I decided to put together a small piece of information that can help a parent-coach in this situation and lessen some worries and apprehension.

1. Don’t worry about the coach next to you with a complicated set up for U6 and his/her whistle. He/she really doesn’t know what he or she is doing. If on the other hand, all you do is set up goals and have them constantly dribble and play as much unorganized soccer as possible during that hour of practice -- you’re doing a perfect job.

2. The 3L’s of what not to do at practice: No lines, no laps, no lectures. Just let them play.

3. Enjoy yourself! If for some reason you’re not feeling well or up to the practice, act like you’re enjoying yourself. Kids pick up on body language and you’ll get the best out of them if they sense you like being their coach.

4. Greet each player when they arrive in a way that lets them know you’re happy to see them, say good bye to them when they leave and tell them you look forward to seeing them next time. Suggest that they tell mom and dad what they learn. (Never leave a child until parents arrive).

5. Always end practice on an upbeat, happy and excited note. Remind them of how good it is to be young and be able to play.

6. See the game through the children's eyes. This will remind you that your main objective is helping them discover the joy of soccer. And don’t expect a 6-year-old to play like an adult player!

7. Do not yell instructions at the players! Do not coach from the sidelines during games! This interferes severely with the learning process of young players. It also makes you look rather silly -- an adult screaming at 6-year-olds while they’re playing.

8. Sit down during games, instead of prowling the sidelines, which only creates tension that unnerves your players and allows the parents to feed off that tension.

9. Always have a first-aid kit (including ice-packs).

10. Know the rules/modified laws of the game for your age group and what is expected on game day.

11. Play with class. (In case you don’t know what “class” means in this context? That will be the topic of my next article).

Sal Blanco, Cal-N D-7 Coaching Director, 
USSF “C”. NSCAA National Diploma. 
NSCAA Advance GK Diploma

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Referee Corner

Know What To Look For On Throw-Ins.
By Pat Ferre 

In most soccer games, especially above the youngest levels, the throw-in is usually one of the more routine plays.  But as soon as the referees become complacent, a team may decide to take advantage of a throw-in situation.
If the referees are not alert, a team can gain an unfair advantage and even score a game-deciding goal from an illegally thrown ball.

The requirements and procedures for a throw-in are very simple.

  • 1. The throw is taken from within one yard of where the ball crossed the touchline.
  • 2. The thrower must face the field of play and have some part of each foot touching the ground, on   the touchline or off the field of play, at the moment of releasing the ball.
  • 3.  The thrower uses both hands in an over the head continuous motion.
  • 4.  An illegal throw-in is awarded to the other team.

Pretty simple, right?  It is, if the referees watch for a few problems.

Players on some teams are taught to try to gain a few yards while making a throw-in.  This is an offense that referees should deal with early in the match.  Teams will usually stop trying to gain significant yards once the referee  shows that he/she is fully aware of this tactic and they have received a warning. The referee can always deem the action to be trifling and allow play to continue if there is no advantage or there is little effect on the game.

In some instances referees will point to or stand in line with the throw-in spot, others will verbally guide the thrower to the correct spot.  These may generally be good preventive officiating methods but referees should be aware that some players and teams may deduce that the referee is showing favoritism by “coaching” a team or he/she is not willing to make an unpopular decision.

During the pregame the referee team should discuss how closely throw-ins should be called and they should be on the same page throughout the match.  A referee who makes it clear early in the game that the throw-ins will be closely monitored usually has few problems with improperly taken throw-ins later on in the match.

The purpose of Law 15 (the throw-in) is to restart play after the ball has crossed a touchline.  Some referees will go several games without calling a foul throw-in.  Still, the well-prepared referees will be vigilant about the throw-in rules so that one team does not gain an unfair advantage that could change the outcome of a game.

Pat Ferre
USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus
USSF Referee Instructor
USSF Referee Assessor
USSF Referee Assignor
District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)
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Did You Know???

Komments will be…Addressing Soccer Related Health Information

Carlos Flores RN FCN, is a registered nurse with 28 years of pediatric emergency and trauma care experience He is the dad of four sons, each having played a variety of sports with soccer being their primary game of choice.  He like so many parents has had to deal with more than an occasional injury ranging from strained ligaments to concussion.

Professionally, he has treated hundreds of kids with sports injury. Standing on the sidelines for well over 25 years of games in gyms and fields, he has also had the unfortunate distinction to provide first aid for countless acutely injured players (and a few spectators as well). 
It is because of this distinguished background that we asked and he has gratefully agreed to provide articles to “Karl’s Komments” addressing soccer related health information. 

Carlos  is able to discuss the prevention of soccer related injury. Topics such as the importance of the pre-sports physical, dehydration, concussion, over-use injury, asthma and more, can be addressed.  His resources will come from a variety of places, “Safe Kids Central California”, “Valley Children’s Hospital Trauma Program”, and the “Centers for Disease Control” to name a few.  

Carlos is looking forward to providing our readership with tidbits of information on sports injury prevention such as, “Thirty-eight (38) million children play organized sports in the U.S. Every year, about 3.5 million have to receive treatment in emergency departments for sports related injury. Most of these injuries are preventable” and he will help us in this endeavor.  

In the meantime, if you would like to connect with Carlos Flores to suggest topics or receive personal feedback, he may be reached at
Until then - He wants our players to, “Play Hard and Play Safe!”


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