Coaching Philosophy


1. Have fun playing soccer

  • Practices and games should be fun – when the game stops being fun, players tend not to play as well and both coaches and players may get frustrated and eventually leave the game.

2. Focus should be on long-term player development, not winning games

  • Coaches’ ultimate focus should be on long-term player and child development and not short-term goals. Coaches should use age appropriate games and activities during practices.
  • The philosophy of the program ensures that every child who demonstrates a commitment to the team will play in every game.  The amount of playing time will vary depending upon the child’s progress and the game situation.
  • Encourage and let all players play all positions, i.e. don’t just play your best player as a forward so that your team can score more goals. This will help with their overall development as soccer players.

3. Emphasize teamwork, respect and fair play

  • In addition to achieving a sense of accomplishment through mastery of skills, soccer is a great way for young players to learn good values that they can carry in other aspects of their lives:
    • Friendship and the value of being part of a team.
    • Respecting coaches, teammates, opponents, and the referee.
    • Sportsmanship and fair play.