Coaches Information

Coach Education Courses (Sutton Youth Soccer will pay for certain course fees with proof of completion and passing. Please contact Mike Elster at for approval.)

When introducing practice, make sure you've scaled it to your group. Make sure it is appropriate for the age.

If being told how to play enabled children to master soccer we’d have an excess of great players and superb teams.

When goalkeepers reach their midteens and are serious about the position, they’ll be competing for a starting spot on their club team.

Bobby Howe, during his playing career, lined up with England greats Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Jimmy Greaves at West Ham United.

by Laura Ray, Mass Youth Soccer Development Coach

Coaching Courses and Licensing

One of the most important points is that the young athlete should start an exercise activity while well hydrated.

Always remember soccer is a player's game and not a coach's game. Youth soccer must always be about player development and enjoyment. It must never be (just) about winning and losing.

Every coach needs a variety of coaching methods to use as tools with his/her teams. Here is a tool kit of 5 coaching methods and explanations of their use.