Coach Education

New for Spring 2016 – Youth Modules 1 and 2 for all coaches in Decatur Soccer!



American Development Model The American Development Model is a concerted effort between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies of sport to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States. The ADM is influenced by the work of Istvan Balyi, who is known worldwide as an industry leader in long-term athlete development principles. Balyi’s approach to organized sport focuses on key principles of development and periodization of training plans, which help support athletes’ individual needs.  The need to rethink how we organize, operate and execute sport activity in the United States has been a point of emphasis over the last 15 years.

Long Term Athlete Development more details of the specific work of Istvan Balyi. “It takes 10 years of extensive training to excel in anything”

Drills vs. Gamesdetails Soccer games should present children with opportunities to solve problems and to think for themselves.

Let the Kids Play!surveys of young players over the last few years have shown that the primary reason for players under 12 dropping out of soccer is that they were not having fun. The secondary reason is that they do not like their coaches.

Using Guided Discovery With Your Teams coaches using questions instead of statements to teach players to make decisions and solve problems.


Helpful links to other resources:

Alabama Soccer Association Coaching Education

US Soccer Curriculum

Creating a Training Session Plan

US Youth Soccer U6-U8 Practice Activities

  • Provides a list of varying characteristics of Under-6 and Under-8 players in regards to sports.
  • How to play Small-Sided Games with “large” rosters.
  • Activities focus on individual soccer skills that build on one another.

US Youth Soccer U-10 Practice Activities

  • Provides a list of characteristics of Under-10 players.
  • Advice on how to connect with the youth athlete.

US Youth Soccer U-12 Practice Activities

  • Information on inserting tactics into training.
  • Activities geared toward development and decision-making.