Developing Your Soccer Family

This area of our website is devoted to educating all our soccer parents about this great sport that their kid(s) love. Here you can find information related to coaching youth soccer, especially for first-timers, as well as information on soccer terms, soccer rules, soccer positions, resources to help your child succeed, and resources to help YOU succeed as a soccer parent.

Have you been “volunteered” to coach or assist on a youth soccer team? Congratulations! No, really. You are in for the time of your life – in more ways than one. It isn’t as hard as you might think. The saving grace is that most parents in the US know almost NOTHING about the sport. Thus, having just a little fundamental knowledge of the game puts you ahead of the other 90%. You will actually look like a soccer expert to most parents! Don’t forget to check the coaching section of the site as well for more information.


Spring schedules are released in March.

Fall schedules are released in August.

Developing Your Soccer Family - Parents, Team Managers and Players

Briefly discuss with parents and players your personal philosophy and objectives

  • reasons for coaching this particular team

  • soccer background, coaching, playing, courses attended

  • time availability for practices and games

  • help needed

  • attitude on winning and losing

  • children and sportsmanship

  • goals for the upcoming season

  • sideline behavior during practice and games

  • how you will discipline

  • substitution policy

  • lines of communication


Compile a parent roster

  • name, address, phone, emergency phone

  • vital information on each child: nickname, allergies, medicine, parents work hours, etc.


Discuss parents’ responsibility to the players

  • provide transportation, arrive early for games and practices

  • put identification on clothing, balls, shoes, etc.

  • create incentive to raise money for equipment purchases

  • encourage practice at home

  • kick the ball around the yard in your spare time

  • set up a back yard slalom course

  • play one-on-one games

  • provide game films and watch them together

  • go to local amateur or professional games together

  • go to social functions put on by the club

  • present a positive sportsminded attitude


Discuss parents’ responsibility at games

  • exemplify good sportsmanship

  • make positive calls to players

  • never criticize a referee’s decision, learn the rules

  • stay behind the restraining line.

  • do not use profanity

  • do not bother the coach

  • support the team by attending all the games

  • react positively to the team’s losses and wins

  • no alcoholic beverages allowed


Discuss parents’ responsibility with extracurricular

  • help with fund raising activities to pay for registration, uniforms, etc.

  • assist at practice sessions and games

  • but only if requested

  • provide team with needed items, such as cones, bibs, etc. or suggest a good source


Discuss Team Managers’ responsibility

  • assist coach in registration of players, collecting birth certifications, etc.

  • assign parent duties

  • supervise fund raising activities

  • arrange refreshments for games

  • collects & cleans uniforms when necessary

  • plans & arranges social events such as picnics

  • assists coach with last minute calls for changes in team practice

  • makes arrangements for team photos

  • creates newsletter to keep communication flowing between parents & coach


Discuss practice sessions

  • where will practice be held?

  • what time will practice start & end?

  • how often will practice be during the week?

  • how many sessions are mandatory to attend?

  • what are practice session rules?

  • what procedure will be used to excuse a child?

  • what are the consequences for missing practice?

  • how will child get home from practice

  • can parents observe a practice session?


Distribute handouts

  • season schedule of practices and games

  • location and means of transportation

  • team rules at games & practice

  • handling of emergencies

  • time & date of social functions

  • team roster, including names & phone numbers