Manuals | Articles | Videos
The Georgia Soccer Coaching Department has produced a number of Coaching Manuals for its member coaches to supplement the manuals from the coaching courses and provide additional information. Please see the below list.
This is a coaching manual for organizing the training and game format for U-6 and U-8 players.
Club Player Development Manual
Written by Jacob Daniel, Georgia Soccer’s Director of Coaching, this manual is a must for every decision maker or director at your club. In the newly expanded second edition, find answers to these questions and many more:
- How to structure your club in the most effective and efficient way
- What is the role of the Board?
- What is the role of the DOC?
- How do players develop?
- How to set goals for the club
- How to evaluate your team’s performance
- How to deal with and educate parents
- How to implement a club curriculum
Academy Select Coaching Manual
This is a coaching manual for U-10 and U-12 players, contains the training priorities, sample activities, and recommendations on improving players technique and tactical awareness.
Academy Select Coaching Manual Pt. II
U-10/U-12 ACADEMY/SELECT COACHING MANUAL PART II. This manual is the sequel to the original Academy Coaching Manual. This manual covers the same academy age groups but with a more tactical focus on the concepts of possession soccer and on laying the foundation for possession soccer to prepare for the 11v11 environment
2014 ODP Coaching Manual
This manual is used by US Youth Soccer ODP coaches at the region and state level. It provides those coaches with standards for the training of players in the ODP program thus improving their opportunities to move into the U.S. Soccer national player pools. Club coaches are encouraged to use this manual to teach their teams possession soccer. This is an excellent manual for coaching 'playing out of the back.'
Implementing a Club Wide Curriculum
The future of youth soccer can be captured in two words: ‘Soccer Academies’. Academy is the catch word. Everyone is looking to position their club as a soccer ‘academy’. But what does it mean? Most people would agree that the word academy implies a school. A soccer school then. But schools have a curriculum that is utilized to teach and measure the effectiveness of teaching. Therefore, it doesn’t make any sense to have an academy but not have a curriculum...
Player Development Model - How to Train U6 - U12
This article outlines Georgia Soccer's Director of Coaching's technical recommendations for U6 - U12 for optimum player development.
Practice Vs. Game - Which one is better?
In any sport, players develop skills via a combination of practices and competitions. This begs the questions: what should the practices-to-games ratio be; how often should we schedule games; what is more important for player development?
The Youth Academies in England's Premiership
This article describes the evolution of the youth academies in England, in their attempt to overhaul their player development structure and what lessons we can learn from their initiatives.
Ethics in Youth Soccer
This is an article aimed at coaches, parents, and club leaders and discusses the potential adverse impact of a win-at-all-cost approach to youth coaching. A must read for every coach and parent.
Traveling and Playing on the Same Day
What can be done to eliminate the adverse effects of travel on performance. Read on to see what the State Director of Coaching has to say.
Mandatory Coaches Licenses for Recreational Coaches
Do you have the correct license level for the recreational team you are coaching? Check out this informative article and see.
The New Epidemic...Sideline (Mis)Behavior
A look at sideline behavior and its impact on player performance. This article addresses an increasingly disturbing trend in youth soccer.
Goal Safety—It can save a life!
Georgia Soccer has been made aware of some recent soccer goal injuries and fatalities and feels the need to remind all leagues and coaches of the importance of Goal Safety…
Handling Bloodborne Pathogens
Some guidelines for the safe handling of situations where there could be exposure to bloodborne diseases from participants.
Player Development Philosophy Video
This is a 30 minute video that compares player development in Georgia to that in Brazil and draws important Lessons for coaches and parents.
8v8 or 11v11 for U12s - Which one is better for player Development?
Watch this video, prepared by our Director of Coaching Jacob Daniel. In this 20 minute video, a comparison is made between 8v8 and 11v11. The conclusion is that 8v8 is better for U-12 players development. The video explains why.