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Team Management deals with factors other than coaching skills and principles of the game. It involves handling issues with players and parents such as playing time and behavioral expectations on the sidelines. It is the attention to detail in areas such as pre-game, half time and post game preparation. It encompasses a wide variety of topics, which are crucial to the harmony, and structure of the team. In this section you will find management tips for practice, games, players, parents and for evaluations.


This chapter will provide you with ideas on attendance policy, items you should have at every practice and a sample of a practice layout that you could print and take to the field with you.  

•Attendance Policy – Soccer is a team sport.
•Practice Checklist – What you will need for your practice.
•Practice Planner – Printable practice planner.


This section provides you with information on outlining players responsibilities during the season, how to handle disruptive players and suggestions for selecting your team captain.

• Responsibilities – What are your players responsibilities?
•Selecting a Team Captain – How do you choose?


• Printable letter outlining parents roles and responsibilities.


Use these seven animated stations to assist you in objectively evaluating your players. This is a good format for assessing players as part of your try out procedure.

Station One – Ball Control Station.
Station Two – Aerial Passing Station.
Station Three – Heading Station.
Station Four – Forty Yard Dash.
Station Five – Passing Station.
Station Six – Shooting Station.
Station Seven – Dribbling Station.

Enhancing the Quality of Practice by Dr. Mike Voight


There are important considerations to make during game day. A thorough warm up must be implemented, considerations of team line-ups and who starts and doesn't and crucial team talks at keys moments. This section addresses all these areas and provides you with ideas to help.

• Playing time – How much per player?
• Substituting – When to make a substitution.
• Coaching in a game – Don’t yell negatives.
• Pre-Game – Are you ready to play?
• Half Time – Rest and reassurance.
• Post Game – The wrap up.

Printable Certificates

This section provides you with a selection of "Award Certificates" that you can print and hand out to your players. For best results print them off on colored card. There are certificates for both boys and girls.

Goal of the Season Award - Boys
Goal of the Season Award - Girls
Player of the Game Award - Boys
Player of the Game Award - Girls
Most Improved Player Award - Boys
Most Improved Player Award - Girls
Team Appreciation Award - Both


Pre-Game Team Talk

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