Coaching Resources

Enclosed are several resources broken down by theme to help you navigate your coaching role. Should you have any questions or would like to share a resource that is not currently included, please reach out to the Director of Coaching.

Below are resources needed to coach/manage an SSA team.

2017 NorCal Premier State Cup Referees:

Referee fees are paid by SSA for league games but not tournaments. State Cup is a unique tournament in that the home team must pay referee fees for the preliminary and seeding round games. SSA will advance payment for the refs and in turn bill you.  Please click the NCPL State Cup SSA ref fee link above for more info.

Please budget for these costs:

  • 9u/10u 7v7  – $37 per match, total, Center referee
  • 11u/12u   9v9  – $101 per match, total, includes Center and (2) ARs
  • 13u       11v11 (2) 35 min halves $121 per match, total, includes Center and (2) ARs
  • 14u-16u   11v11 (2) 40 min halves $146 per match, total, includes Center and (2) ARs
  • 17u-19u   11v11 (2) 45 min halves $161 per match, total, includes Center and (2) ARs

Coaches and Managers, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you read and understand the following NorCal information:

The decision whether or not to practice in 100+ degree weather is yours. The club has no problem with a parent choosing to miss a practice due to excessive heat and/or poor air quality. 

If you choose to practice, please keep the following in mind to provide for your players’ safety:

  • Encourage players to drink plenty of water before, during, and after practice. Water makes up to 65 percent of a youth player’s body weight, and losing even a small amount of water can cause severe consequences in the body’s systems. It doesn’t have to be hot and humid for players to become dehydrated, nor is thirst an accurate indicator. Usually by the time players are aware of their thirst they are long overdue for a drink.
  • Monitor weather conditions and adjust training sessions accordingly.
  • Acclimatize players to exercising in high heat and humidity. Players can adjust to high heat and humidity in 7-10 days. During the period, hold practices at low to moderate levels of activity and give the players fluid breaks every 20 minutes.
  • Identify and monitor players who are prone to heat illness. These include players who are overweight, muscular, out of shape, and who work very hard. Those that have experienced previous heat illness are more prone to getting heat illness as well. Keep an eye on these children and give them drink breaks every 15 minutes. For very young players, such as the U9 group, give even more breaks.
  • Make sure players replace fluids lost through sweat. Encourage players to drink 2-3 hours before practices or games and every 20 minutes during and after practice. Fluids such as water and sports drinks are preferable during games and practices. For younger athletes, it’s better to use water instead of sports drinks.
  • Replenish electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which are lost through sweat. The best way to replace these nutrients in addition to others such as carbohydrate and protein is by eating a balanced diet.

The SSA supports a parent choosing to miss training session(s) due to excessive heat and/or poor air quality.   We recognize that players can respond or be affected differently when air quality is poor. 

If you choose to miss a training session, please inform the coach as soon as possible.  This helps the coach plan the session accordingly for the players who will be attending the training session.   

We want to remind parents and players:

  • Player safety is our priority. 
  • Please inform coaches of any respiratory or medial issues immediately.  It helps us understand the needs of the individual player.
  • The SSA monitors weather and air quality daily. 
  • Observations begin in the morning and continue throughout the day. 
  • We look for trends, elevations in readings and evaluate how it compares to the AQI forecast.
  • Coaches are contacted around 2pm if training sessions will be cancelled.
  • If we notice an extreme spike or high readings, we will notify the entire SSA family via email no later than 4pm.
  • We use the AQI chart (click here for AQI chart) to establish our daily plan:
    • 0-50      –  normal training
    • 51-100   – normal training
    • 101-150  – modified training
      •  increased rest breaks
      • lower intensity training games
      • Coaches may individually cancel their session if the perceived risk out weighs the needs the team may have for future match play.
Top 10 coaches tips taken from our 60 years combined coaching on the field.

  1. Develop Communication Skills: How you speak, how you listen and in Coerver Coaching how you demonstrate are really important.
  2. Never Stop Learning: The best People I have worked with in my career Juergen Klinsmann, Gerard Houllier, Carlos Alberto Parreiera, Sir Geoff Hurst, all World Cup Champions, told me they still regarded themselves as students.
  3. Learn from Mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes, that’s okay as long as you learn from them, and don’t repeat.
  4. Keep a Healthy Lifestyle: Every Coach is a model to his/her students; young players will copy you, so set a good example.
  5. Coach with your heart, not only your head: Young Players need care and attention, winning is not everything at this age. So think before you say anything other than encouragement and praise.
  6. Enthusiasm, Encouragement, Energy = Excellence: This is the winning formula to be a good coach.
  7. Enjoy your Work: Anyone who teaches football in my opinion is lucky, so enjoy every moment.
  8. Concentrate on the performance not the game result: When you are a development Coach, your goal is long term success. In the short term you may lose games, but stick to the Coerver Principles of Individual Player Development and long term improvement is likely.
  9. Try and not over Coach: Try and remember be “Simple, Short, and clear in you coaching and when you demonstrate. Young players have usually a short attention span, so use each word carefully.
  10. Plan: Even after 30 Years Coaching I never go on the field without a Practice Plan. Spend time making your practice. Be clear what you want to show and how you are going to show it. Write it down.

Keep coaching and enjoying this great game! ~ Charlie Cooke & Alf Galustian, The Coerver Coaches

Below is a list of major soccer organizations in the US that offer additional coaching resources for you to use:

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