Coaching Kids soccer is not the same as coaching full time professionals. For starters, your kids are not as motivated or driven as the adult players. Also their attention span is significantly smaller and the likelihood of them playing up is quite significant.
If you're coaching kid's soccer you should ask yourself why these kids attend training and take part in soccer. The most common response is that soccer is fun. So your first task as a coach is to provide training sessions that are fun. If you cannot provide a platform for kids to have fun then you need to reassess your training methods.
Once your players are having fun, then it's your duty to teach them the fundamentals of the game. Simple skills like passing, dribbling, shooting and tackling should be incorporated into the session while disguising it as fun. If you can teach and provide a fun session you are definitely an elite coach.
Once you become a youth soccer coach, you have inevitably volunteered to become a role model. You have put your hand up to influence these young kids in a positive manner. While training these kids you should also try and teach them the importance of sharing and friendships.
Developing young minds in a positive manner and teaching them social skills will serve them for the rest of their lives, not just their soccer career. Teach your players about honesty, integrity, friendship and sharing through fun activities while simultaneously teaching them the fundamentals of the game.
One key aspect of Kids soccer that is often overlooked is the art of appreciation. Appreciate your players and give them a sense of worth. Make them feel important and make them feel like potentially they can become the next David Beckham. By giving your players this feeling they will reciprocate with motivation and their fullest attention. Don't just take my word for it, try it because it works.
If you believe you can carry out training sessions like the pros, then I would like to save you some time and heart ache. Kids will always be kids and to think that you'll get the same dedication and effort out of kids as the pros, then you're sadly mistaken. Let your players be kids first and foremost and then allow them to be soccer players.
Can you think of anything I've left out? One of the most important things you can do to aid the development of your players is encouragement. Always encourage your players even when they make mistakes. Always emphasize the positives while speaking about some of the weaknesses.
Also make sure you keep things in perspective. Your players attend training to have fun and to socialize with their new friends. They are not trying to win the world cup. So remember to act and coach accordingly.
The most important thing to bring to training as a coach is a big smile. Create a friendly environment where the kids gain a sense of worth and gain self confidence. You never know you could be coaching the next David Beckham.