Geneva Lake United has implemented a club-wide coaching philosophy intended to provide guidance to our volunteer coaches.
The Unites States Youth Soccer Association and the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association recommend the use of small-sided games for young soccer players. Geneva Lake United SC embraces this approach. The USYSA maintains a site containing resources associated with small-sided soccer, including information about why they endorse this approach.
GLUSC's Director of Coaching, Leo Bourneuf, created a series of instructional videos to help coaches teach specific skills to players. Please watch and use this information in your sessions.
The state association requires all coaches to obtain a Coach Pass and coaching license. The state issues the Coach Pass as part of the Risk Management program. Coaches obtain licenses by attending coaching courses. For Geneva Lake United teams, all coaches are required to obtain the Y1 license.
When you first start coaching a team, you will receive a packet containing all the information needed day to day. This packet is updated periodically.
Coaches need to know the rules of soccer. Soccer's international governing body (FIFA) maintains the Laws of the Game. The Laws apply to all soccer games, except as amended for location and age groups.
Wisconsin Youth Soccer, our state organization, adopted modified rules written by the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) to encourage small-sided youth games.
Most of out teams play in the Stateline League for recreational teams. The league's guidelines regarding field and ball size, length of games, and other details is available at the Stateline website.
Geneva Lake United also maintains a database of training activities that coaches can use and contribute to.
The USYSA is a valuable resource for coaches. One of the most valuable parts of the website is a series of full sample practices. The games and exercises demonstrated are excellent, but pay close attention to the overall organization and progression of activities from individual to large group.