When creating a soccer lesson plan, remember the following points:
1. As a coach, you should adjust your sessions to comply with the number of players on the team. Every drill should be set up accordingly and match the number of participants.
2. With communication being a key factor for success, you have to make sure that your instructions and activities are age specific - the younger your players, the simpler the language must be.
3. Design training activities to flow gradually, from simple to complex. Add different elements of the game (shooting, defense, tackling, and the like) to your soccer lesson plan as you progress.
Plan training sessions that include:
1. Warm-up exercises.
2. Small-sided activity (4v2 keep away).
3. Expanded small-sided activity, with condition.
4. 6v6 (5v5 plus keepers) training match on two large goals.
4. Your soccer lesson plan should look organized and make sense in the eye of the beholder. Wisely use the appropriate space on the lesson plan to diagram your activity, describe how it will be arranged and list the most important coaching points.
5. Include the objectives you want to achieve in the game or through exercise and the best method of scoring goals. This will add meaning to your lesson plan since success, along with fun, will be your primary objective in the role of a soccer coach.
6. In the world of sports, discipline is vital for every program. If you are using restrictions or conditions, take them into account only if they are applicable to your objective and the topic.
7. Take care of general matters. You should include traditional dimensions for the playing field in your soccer lesson plan. Also, be prepared to adjust field dimensions if necessary. Always strive to use a specific area of the field that is most applicable to your topic in order to provide a clearer reference for your players.
8. Make sure your activities do not deviate from the realistic perspective of the game. So, when diagramming key points, remember the following:
Make sure the instructions from practice make sense to your players. “Does it look and feel like a real soccer game?” – if the answer to this question is yes, then you are doing your job well.
9. There are also other questions that have to be answered in order to know if you are doing things the right way:
Open your scratch pad and start scribbling your very first soccer lesson plan.
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