IEYSA UNITED

I don't know anything about soccer. Can I still help coach?
Posted Sep 1, 2017

Yes! IEYSA provides training and materials. Being a coach involves a willingness to learn and requires skills you probably already have in addition to soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, start with being an assistant coach. IEYSA's Director will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.

 
Where can I obtain coaching equipment?
Posted Sep 1, 2017

IEYSA will provide each coach with some basic equipment every year: some cones, a soccer ball and some additional supplies. Otherwise, coaches are expected to provide their own equipment and players are expected to provide shinguards, cleats and a ball. You can pick up your equipment at the fall coaches meeting or you can come by the IEYSA office during open hours or by appointment.

 
Can you recommend some websites where I can learn more about coaching soccer?
Posted Sep 1, 2017

Please check out our "Coaching Preparation" section for some great materials and practice games/drills. In addition, if you have questions or need suggestions or input you can contact Russ Davis, the Director of Coaching Development for IEYSA, at docieysa@gmail.com.

 
Why do we play small sided games in IEYSA?
Posted Sep 1, 2017

IEYSA highly recommends that all children under the age of 12 play small-sided soccer (less than 11 players per team) for the following reasons: First, young soccer players need special consideration as they are essentially self-oriented and relate naturally to one or two others, not to large groups. Fun and development factors must be a central part of an athlete centered approach. Secondly, most children cannot sustain prolonged activity. They function best in suitable starts and stops (rest periods). Concentration span is limited, so frequent changes of pace and activity are essential. Thirdly, smaller numbers allow each player gets more touches on the ball and has greater opportunity to change location in a fast-flowing, fluid game. Playing small-sided allows players to make simpler decisions and develop an earlier, better understanding of organization of play. Smaller fields mean more players are directly involved in play, creating increased levels of both concentration and interest. The reduced field size encourages more shots on goal by all players, therefore more goals scored. The best teacher is the game itself.