I didn’t want to be coach. I was too afraid, nervous that I wouldn’t know what to do or how to coach. But then the first practice happened and there was no coach so someone had the kids doing drills and they were bored, checking out. I love soccer, Primo loves soccer, and I want these kids to love this game too so I made the call. If the President can coach his daughter’s basketball team, then I can find the time and courage to coach my kid’s U7 soccer team. So I did what every modern parent would do and sent a question out to twitter looking for advice and googled “coaching U7 soccer”.
The advice and information that I gathered all pointed to the idea of making it fun for the kids. I don’t need to turn them into Academy Players at 6 years old, I just need to show them basic skills and get out-of-the-way and let them have fun. So I planned my practice around that. 45 minutes broken down into a couple of games before letting the boys run free and scrimmage with little guidance. We worked on dribbling in a crowd and turning with the ball. We worked on kicking ahead and running onto the ball and passing, though these kids don’t pass much. They are a little young for that.
After practice there were 12 tired but smiling boys that had fun playing soccer. When they showed up for the first game that weekend they looked great in their uniforms and they had so much fun playing against another team in uniforms. I forgot how great that was, putting on a uniform and being a team. It’s powerful and fun and the boys did great. Many goals were scored from both sides and no one got hurt, plus each of the kids went home telling their parents great stories of their on field glory.