Resources for Coaches
Our MissionLouisville Soccer is a non-profit organization that fosters a love for the sport of soccer and develops athletes of all ages by facilitating physical and mental growth and by bringing each player to their peak individual potential in a team atmosphere. Louisville Soccer's diverse and highly qualified coaching staff welcomes players of all races, cultures, and economic backgrounds to one of Louisville's most dedicated athletic clubs. Louisville Soccer is about PLAYER DEVELOPMENT and we will do all we can to help anyone who wants to play the game we all love.
Coaches MissionOur “coaching” mission at LSA/LSC shall be to provide a teaching plan that allows our players to become free thinkers and decision makers and to become great players through the process of creating the perfect game.
Coaching PhilosophyOur Coaching Philosophy was developed many years ago when I met a man that I later realized was one of my greatest teachers. I always considered him my mentor in the business world but I later realized what a truly great educator he was. Whenever I approached him with a question or to inquire about an issue that needed to be addressed he would always pause and formulate a question that would then, cause me to come up with the correct answer. This process was sometimes cumbersome but it always insured that I understood “why” not just “how”.
It is very important to understand how and why we get to the conclusion in many things that we do in our lives. Soccer is one of those areas that require that we understand “why” and “how” rather then just working on a result.
It is with this thinking that we should develop our teaching plans and it is with this thinking that we should answer the questions of our young players. Our players must learn to think on their own and to make proper decisions on the field without constant interruption and direction from coaches and other interference's.
Does a coach create a great player or does the coach allow a player to become great? This is a question posed on the website www.footballtricks.com. It caused me to question our coaching mission at LSA/LSC and to publish this message. The website goes on to suggest that if a coach teaches a player everything that he knows that player will only be as good as their teacher. What good have we done? It is important that we continually challenge the players to become more then we are and to learn to achieve more.
We must be motivators as well as coaches. We must teach technique and allow the tactics to be self learned. Tactics should include simple ideas such as overlapping runs and dropping for cover that insure that the team is always attacking while always defending. If our players understand that concept and are able to process information properly then the game will be the teacher and we have created the "perfect" game.
- KYSA Minimum Coaching Education Standards - Minimum Coaching Standards that have been set by the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association
- Louisville Soccer Coaching Education Incentive Program - Receive FREE gifts for simply completing your coaching education!
- US Digital Coaching Center - The U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC), is a state-of-the art online educational platform.The DCC allows coaches to create a personal profile, register for courses, communicate with technical staff, take part in online courses,
create session plans with an online graphics tool, access an archive of U.S. Soccer training sessions and much more.
- KYSA Coaching Education Course Calendar - Find all of the available Coaching Courses and latest coaching education updates from KYSA.
- United Soccer Coaches Coaching Courses - The United Soccer Coaches Course Menu is designed with flexibility in mind for coaches to choose their desired level of entry based on previous experience. Development courses all offer unique material and can be taken in any order.
- US Youth Soccer Coaching Education - Continuing Education - US Youth Soccer's online coaching education platform enhances the experience and opportunities of US Youth Soccer players, coaches and parents. The platform features read-at-your-own-pace pages, video and document downloads.
- NFHS Concussion in Sports - Elective Course
- Heads Up: Concussion in Sports Intro Course
- Kentucky Amateur Soccer League
- Kentucky Select Soccer League
- Kentucky Premier League
- Midwest Regional League
- Buckeye League
Louisville Soccer Coaches Corner
- Coaching Articles
- An Italy's Coaching Academy, a Pipeline of Champions
- Coaches Must Learn to Evolve
- 2002 - My View: Coaching with Cones
- NSCAA Coaches Code of Ethics
- Coaching Generations
- Concussions: Tips for Sideline Management
- Coaching For the Right Reason
- Wound Management and Prevention of Infection
- "Damage caused by verbal abuse" from Soccer Nation
- State of Play: Role of Youth Coach More Challenging than Ever
- Articles of Interest
- Functional Warm-up - Passing & Receiving in a Group of 4
- Move & Pass Combination Drill, Jeff Cook of Philadelphia Union
- Split Passing Drill - Dave Brandt, Pittsburgh Riverhounds USL
- Channel Game - Switching the Point of Attack - Brian McMahon, Palm Beach Atlantic University
- FC Mines Combo Drill, Jeff Cook
- "Four Line Shooting Drill" - Jay Hoffman, Centre College
- Transition Line, Technical Passing Drill --- Ian Barker NSCAA
- Combination Play - Wine Glass Drill
- Educational Resources
- Coaching Healthy Habits: 3 Players for a Healthy Team
- US Youth Soccer Coaches Document Center
- KenLolla.com - Principles of Success
- Ted Talks - Leadership Principals
- Practice Planning
- Online Free Soccer Drills
US Soccer Resources
- U.S Soccer's Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program
- Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind, the program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
- Player Development Initiatives
- US Soccer recently released mandates that will impact all of its member organizations including US Youth Soccer and Kentucky Youth Soccer. Kentucky Youth Soccer has compiled some information and resources that should be helpful for this transition period.
US Youth Soccer Resources
- Sign-up for US Youth Soccer Newsletters
- US Youth Soccer newsletters are directed toward a specific audience so you can choose the news you want! Here’s a look at the different types of news you may find: Ways to increase your coaching education, tournament news, sponsor coupons/contests, stories of past/present players and coaches, videos and more.
- US Youth Soccer has recently launched the new Fuel Soccer site! Fuel Soccer has great information on Health and Nutrition, Tips for Coaches, Workout and the site also has the latest edition of the Fuel Soccer magazine.