Danville Soccer Association coaches are parents and
community volunteers who make it possible for the kids
to play and learn soccer.
of the coaches in the organization have no personal
background, and have learned their soccer from others in
the soccer community,
their kids, books and videos, and by paying attention to
games that they have seen. In other words, you have all
the background and qualifications needed to start your
The "links" section of the DSA Website has many great
sources of coaching information to apply directly to
day-to-day youth coaching. Happily soccer is a simple
game (especially at the younger ages) and it is easy for
the youth coach, with a little innovation and
preparation, to stay ahead of the kids.
Coaches in the youth recreational leagues usually have a
couple of practices per week, and coach the weekly game
on Saturday. Traveling coaches come from the same pool
of people, but are often those who have coached
recreational soccer for a while, or who have played the
game themselves. There are coaching licensing clinics
available sometimes through Central Illinois Youth
www.ciysl.com, and DSA has less formal training
sessions as needed before the season starts.
Practices are in the local community, a park, a
playground, at any other suitable site, or at the
complex. Games are at the Danville Area Soccer Complex
on Winter Avenue.DSA always needs volunteer coaches to keep the program
going. Coaches are picked annually at the team
assignment time in late July or early August. Anyone
with an interest should contact a board member at the
time that kids register, or indicate on the child's
Coaching Resources ::
Specifically designed for DASA coaches::
U-14 Coaches Manual
Brownlee Coaching Notes Great site for all coaches to start.
Youth Soccer Association Wonderful free coaching manual on
line for youth coaches.
Clinics Lots of demonstrations, techniques, directions for
any level coach.
Pill's Online Drills Jeff Pill's drills are a coaching
Soccer for the Soccer Enthusiast Lots of Pill's drills in
Soccer Coaches Association page of drills and skills for
Sports Page Soccer Drills This page will connect you to
hundreds of coaching tips and drills.
FUNdamental Soccer Great site for the beginning coach and
parent. Stresses fun and young player development.
coach-L, a free mailing list for soccer coaches who are
really into it.
Coach-L Coaching Manual Comprehensive online manual for
soccer coaching, including a section on coaching the "swarm"
of the very young.
Association for Youth-Kids Having Fun Several insightful
articles about coaching and playing. Good for any parent or
Soccer Links Directory Many coaching links and resources,
including an opportunity to buy a book on coaching beginning
Soccer Coach A soccer dad and coach has built his Website
from 10 years coaching experience, presented for you here.
Comprehensive, lots of practical knowledge.
Soccer Performance. Excellent animated drills
for the more advanced player and coach
Coaching Net-Bringing Coaches Together International
coaching forum for the more advanced coach or player.
Soccer Site Nice site by a serious coach, with many articles
including stretching, care to choose words carefully,