Gwinnett Soccer Association

Coach Education

Coaches and Commissioners Pre Season Meeting

About Coaching Education


Gwinnett Soccer Association has a coaching education program designed to meet our player development guidelines and the curriculum laid out by US Soccer – education opportunities range from the new volunteer coach just starting out to those pursuing the highest licensing in their field.  

Bringing more soccer opportunities to our players, fostering a strong soccer community and creating better development environments for our players all mean supporting and growing coach development opportunities. 

The objective of Gwinnett Soccer Association Coaching Education programs are:


  • To develop our coaches knowledge and understanding of the game

  • To deliver world class coaching education materials and courses

  • To implement modern and relevant age appropriate training curriculum's and initiatives to promote long term player development in our state 

  • To cultivate a culture of coaches whose foundation is built on best practices

  • To inspire coaches of all ages to continue their personal and professional development as educators of the game

  • To solidify a coaching education pathway where coaches can matriculate through our system

  • To monitor and evaluate our programs to ensure that we our providing the best service  and support possible to our membership

Coaching Courses below:

Coaching Course: Recreation "F" Course 
Age Group Focus: Recreation U10 and U12
Date: TBD
Hours: Sat. 9am - 5pm. 
Cost: The F Course is FREE for Members and $90 for Non-Members
RegisterClick Here

Coaching Course: Recreation ‘G’ Course 
Age Group Focus: Recreation U6 ad U8
Hours: Sun. 2pm - 6pm.
Cost: The G Course is FREE for Members and $50 for Non-Members
RegisterClick Here

Coaching Handouts & Materials discussed below:

1) Coaches U6-U10
2) Coaches U11-U19
3) Nutrition & Hydration
4) Psychology
5) Misc. Soccer Articles
6) Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention


1) Coaches U6-U10

1v1 Soccer Golf Defending
Basic Attacking
Basic Defending
Blank OYSA Lesson Plan
Dribbling Heads Up U6
Fun Games U8
Individual and small group Attacking
Individual and small group Defending
U6-U8 Coach Handout 09
U6 Practice Session Pack
U8-U10 Coach Handout 09
U8 Practice Session Pack
U10 Lesson Plan 1 09
U10 Lesson Plan 2 09
U10 Lesson Plan 3
U10 Lesson Plan 4
U10 Lesson Plan 5
U10 Lesson Plan 6
U10 Lesson Plan 7
U10 Lesson Plan 8
U10 Practice Session Pack
USYS Small Sided Game Manual
USYS Workshop 2009 Passing (short version)
Variations of 4v4
Youth Goalkeeper Exercises

2) Coaches U11-U19

91's Finishing Lesson Plan
1983 Defending Crosses
1983 Individual & Group Defending
1983 Serving & Finishing
1985 Back Four Zonal Defending
1985 Middle to Final Third Penetration
1985 Possession to Go Forward
1986 Combining to Penetrate
1986 Crossing & Finishing
1986 Zonal Defending
1987 Combination Play
1987 Finishing
1987 Small Group Defending
1988 Individual & Small Group Defending
1988 Possession
1991 End of Match Tactics
2004 Girls ODP Region IV Camp Sessions
2005 Girls ODP Region IV Camp Sessions
2007 Girls ODP Region IV Camp Sessions
Areas of Concern for Youth Goalkeepers
Attacking Shape
Attacking Team Play
Back to Pressure
Blank OYSA Lesson Plan
Changing the Point of Attack
College Soccer Action Plan
Combination Play
Combination Play from Mids to Forwards
Combining in Pairs U14
Counter Attack Exercise (Hungary)
Creating Goal Scoring Opportunities
Crossing & Finishing
Defending in the Opponent's Half
Dribbling & Tackling
Fast Break Attack
Fast Possession Play (Czech)
Finishing (D License)
Functional Role of Playmaker
Goalkeeper Warm-up
High Intensity Training (Juventus)
How to Teach Tactics
Increase Speed of Play
Individual & Small Group Training
Individual & Small Group Attacking
Individual & Small Group Defending
Indoor Training - the basics
Keep Possession in the Game
Midfield Transition to Attack
Model USSF Session Dribbling
Oregon Camp Defending
Passing & Receiving
Passing & Receiving 2
Possession - Don't Give the Ball Away
Pressing Practice (German)
Progressive Systems of Play U12-U18
Rapid Passing & Fast Finishing
Receiving & Turning
Role of 2nd Attacker Functional
Speed of Play 2
Tactical Functions by Position
Team Defending & Zone
The Components of Modern Goalkeeping
Training Ideas 9v9 Attack (German)
Training Ideas Attack & Counter Attack (Liverpool)
Training the Playmaker
Transition Shape & Balance
Trapping the Ball from the Air
U10-U12 Coach Handout 09
U10-U12 Passing
U12 Center of Excellence
U12 Practice Session Pack
U13 Attacking
U14 Practice Session Pack
U16 Practice Session Pack
U14 Defending
U14 Receiving
Youth Goalkeeper Exercises
Zonal Defending
Zonal Pressing

3) Nutrition & Hydration

4 Common Myths About Nutrition
FIFA Nutrition Guide
Food Choices for Peak Performance
Heat Wave Dangers
Hydration & Heat Illness Guidelines
Hydration Guidelines
Nutrition & Soccer Performance
Pay Attention to Fluids When Training

4) Psychology

A Nation of Wimps
Athletes First, Winning Second
Comfort Zone
Creating Team Chemistry
Developing Leadership Skills
Developing Your Player Leader
Getting Players Match Ready
How Children Acquire Skill
How Do We Measure Success?
How Fair Can Tryouts Really Be?
Key to Success at International Level
Making Dreams Come True
Mentality of Goalkeepers & Strikers
Sports Psychology Man Utd
Team Building - NSCAA

5) Misc. Soccer Articles

4 Phases of Player Development
A Good Coach & Manager
Characteristics of Effective Youth Coaches
Coaching Children to Love the Game
Coaching TOPSoccer Athletes
Comparing the US Soccer Environment to the World
FA Coaching Strategy
In France, c'est la technique
Tactical Tendencies in Football UEFA
The Adult Learner
The Everton Way
The OYSA Academy Approach April 09
Trends in Modern Football UEFA
US Youth Soccer Recommended Field Dimensions
Use of Guided Discovery With Your Team
Vision for Youth Soccer - Measuring Success
Why Are There Fewer Female Coaches?

6) Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention

ACL Injury Prevention
Change of Direction
Circuit Training for Young Players
Fitness with Ball
Jumping & Sprinting
Maintaining Fitness
Muscular Injuries
Pre Event Fitness Program Region IV
Quest for Glory Fitness Tests
Relationship of Repeated Sprint Tests
Trends for Warm Up & Cool Down

Game Analysis

How to Analyze a Game

More Coaching Education Links's_Guide_2011.pdf

On this link they will find numerous other links to valuable information:

(Information is from US Youth Soccer, Oregon Youth Soccer and South Texas Youth Soccer)

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Lilburn, Georgia 30048

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