Soccer Coaching Equipment: 16 Things Needed to be a Success
I have played soccer, or football as we call it in the UK for as long as I can remember
But my sons are into rugby in a big way so I went over to the dark side and started coaching my eldest sons team
So I know what is needed to be a successful coach and what Soccer Coaching Equipment you need to have
I know it’s the wrong sport but the concept is pretty much the same isn’t it
Before I show you the 16 vital items for a successful children’s soccer coach just take a quick look at this short video of what is on this list
And most of them will be totally obvious but very crucial to how well you do in this role
Who Can be a Children’s Soccer Coach
Where did all the soccer stars of today start playing?
That’s right, the local soccer club where funds are limited and the staff is very rare
So as parents you need to step up if you want your children to enjoy the sport and get better at it
You don’t know anything about coaching!
Well neither did I until I was put in the deep end and asked to show 25 six year olds how to play rugby
But I can guarantee you know more than those children do
All you have to do is turn up each week for training and games and be willing to teach the children what you know about the game
The club will normally pay for your coaching badges so you don’t have to worry about that
And even if you have never played the game yourself it still doesn’t matter
A good soccer player doesn’t always make a good soccer coach and vice versa
Why Would You Want to be a Soccer Coach?
It is the most rewarding thing in the world to see a young child learning all about the game from what you have shown them
OK, it can be stressful at times and you don’t get paid any money
But look at what you are doing for that child and their future in soccer
All they want is for someone to look up to and show them what to do, and how to do it
Train Hard Now, Play Your Best Later
Have you ever thought how the soccer stars of today got to where they are?
It wasn’t sitting around playing on the Xbox or on the IPad I know
Getting some regular training and coaching is key to success for their future
So I want to share with you what I personally think are some excellent pieces of soccer training equipment for kids that could greatly improve their game
Nurture Them Young
Children are like sponges, and I don’t mean if you don’t ring the water out and leave them they start to smell!
Everything you teach them at a young age they just soak it up so starting them soccer training at a young age will only benefit them in the long run
Just by putting a football in front of them when they can walk is teaching them to kick it
And I’m pretty sure that’s how all the superstars of today first started.
And some still need it put in front of them!
Training Tips For Kids
Don’t underestimate your children’s abilities
OK, some are born to this world with 2 left feet like my eldest boy
But if you can see them either being able to kick the ball quite far or being able to header the ball from a young age just keep practicing with them
Don’t push them into it though as they will just resent you and just quit altogether
A Few Things You Could Try With Them
- The most important training advice I can give you is… MAKE IT FUN! Ask fun and silly questions like “Do we use our hands to kick the ball?” Keep letting them know the basic rules and ask them to repeat the answers back to you so it sticks in their heads.
- Find a place where they have space to do whatever they want with the ball, the more space they have the more room for improvement.
- Teach them how to control the ball but putting their foot on it. It might take a few tries but if they can master that you could start getting them to do it with both feet.
- Get them to kick with the correct part of the foot, either the side or the top of the foot and get them out of toe punting it as there is no control there.
- Controlling the ball in the air is going to be a tough one to master but with some persistence and practice they will soon be controlling the ball on their chest and volleying it into the top corner of the goals.
Soccer Training Equipment
You don’t need fancy equipment for football training at all
But if you do want to try something different I have found some great training equipment for different aspects of playing soccer so just click on the links that you want your children to improve on and you can see what I would suggest
Practice Makes Perfect
Now getting onto the equipment checklist that every soccer coach needs
Not all the images are the exact items you should get but just to give you an idea
Soccer Coaching Equipment Checklist
A good pair of soccer boots is a must as it will be your most worn footwear if you are looking after a soccer team
You will be pretty much living in them, but make sure you keep them clean and tidy after every use
15. Shin Guards
You certainly are going to need shin guards as children learning to play soccer tend to just kick anywhere
So maybe you might also want to invest in a cup to protect your crown jewels as well as your legs
14. Water Bottles
Even though most of the children I coach bring their own water bottles to training
I always take spare ones just in case someone forgets theirs
And if it’s not used or drunk I just soak them after a game
I always end up the wettest though!!!
13. Training Equipment
There’s only so much you can do with your imagination and your knowledge about soccer to teach children so get some training equipment to keep things interesting and fun
There has been a huge increase on soccer coaches using soccer rebounders lately
Maybe start off with a few of those?
12. Disc Cones
So get some disk cones to place where you want them to be during a training exercise (an electric fence would be more efficient though)
There are numerous ways you can incorporate cones into a training session
Just use your imagination
11. Tall Cones
Because trust me, they will stand all over those flat discs rather than go around them
Even though I take a few to training I always ask the players to bring their own
Just in case I want to do an exercise where they all need one
Like taking shots or dribbling with the ball at the same time
I don’t know how many children you coach but there’s only so many soccer balls you can fit into the boot of your car
9. Ball Pump
There most certainly be a player coming up to you every week to ask you if you can put some air in their soccer ball
8. Team Kit
You need to look the part even if the players haven’t quite mastered the beautiful game yet
7. First Aid Kit
Even if you just use the “Magic Sponge” you will still need a load of ice packs and plasters
I’m not saying that you will be constantly shouting, but there will be times that the players will be over excited and to will have to get their attention somehow
A whistle will make your training sessions a little more controlled
All you need to do is explain that when that whistle is blown you want everyone to stop what they are doing and listen to what you have to say
5. Coaching Badge
You might be helping out as a parent but you do need your coaching badges to be able to “officially” be a soccer coach for your local club
Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, just go on the course and it will be easier than you thought
Just Don’t Worry
For any other country just drop me a message in the comment section below and I will send you the links
Keep to a routine in training, the more you stick to a routine the quicker the children will learn
You can’t just turn up to a training session without a program
If you make a plan for the session then things will run more smoothly
Well, in theory anyway
3. Team Board
A plan board for games is much easier that trying to explain it to the children or screaming it at them from the side of the pitch
Depending on the age of the players you coach, a white board will be a godsend for teaching the older soccer players
But if you coach the young ones, just making it fun and interesting is all you need to do
PATIENCE!!! if you don’t have this then you might as well quit now
It can get tough at times but trust me it will all be worth it in the end
Just think how much these young minds are going to learn from you
And who knows, someday one of them might make it to the premier league and you will be the one to thank for that
There’s a great article about having patience as a soccer coach on amplifiedsoccerathlete.com if you have a bit of time to read it
1. Soccer Bible
The holy grail of soccer information
A book that has been Named the #1 book for Soccer Players and Coaches by football.com and could change the way your team plays for the better
It really does have an abundance of soccer knowledge that can be taken to any training session or soccer game
It’s a book for the future!
So, what do you think?
Do to think you have what it takes?
With all this put together with dedication, a bit of hard work and persistence, and of course help from other parents
You will be soon on your way to being a successful and happy soccer coach
The road to success is not going to be easy, but just stick to it and you will have helped so many children to enjoy the game that we all love
And it never gets old when they say thank you after the training session or games
If you are a coach yourself and have tips that you would like to share with everyone then please feel free to do so below
Don’t let those children down and give them a future in soccer