Under 6 Coaching Suggestions

Coaching Suggestions U6 Division


  1. The goals of SYSL are to involve everyone, learn some basic soccer skills and have FUN!
  2. Playing Soccer at the U6 level may be the first organized sport the children are participating in, and in some cases the first organized activity they are involved with outside their immediate family.
  3. Be flexible, if something isn’t working try something else, young children can be easily distracted.
  4. Be patient, sometimes things you practice don’t seem to be working, only to come out in a game situation
  5. Remind the parents that the children need shin pads, sneakers or cleats, and WATER! (snacks are also helpful)
  6. Keep parents informed about practices and games.
  7. If you need advice or have an issue please bring it up to a board member.


  1. Instead of straight drills, design exercises as games, some suggestions:

a)  Instead of just dribbling, play tag, but with the ball (All players have a ball. One player is IT, when they tag another players ball that player is “frozen” and holds the ball over their head, other players can “unfreeze” a player by dribbling the ball through their legs) ,

b)  Simon says with the ball,

c)  Monkey in the middle (have the kids pass the ball around a circle, with one kid in the middle trying to take the ball, if he does the passer goes in the middle) .

d)     Road race, make a zigzag path of cones and have kids dribble down the “road”

e)     Keep away from coach.

f)       “Barrage” have all the kids shoot on a goal at the same time.

Practice (cont.)

  1. Focus on the most basic skills first ball handling (with both feet), passing , and


  1. Children at the U6 level are too young to be teaching positional play, we do not use goalies at this level.
  2. Some days practice may not go so well, the children maybe tired and unfocused, be patient, use good judgment … remember this should be Fun!


  1. Games are meant to be non-competitive.  All kids should be given equal playing time. This is a policy of SYSL not a suggestion.
  2. Cheer good plays by both teams, ask your parents to do likewise, encourage good sportsmanship.  Show all children respect and treat them in a positive way.
  3. Organize the kids at the game (a blanket often helps), organize your parents to bring snacks, help referee if need be, etc.
  4. If you end-up as the referee treat both teams equally, think of yourself as a gym teacher, not a coach.
  5. Most Important have FUN !