Resources for Coaches
Online Resources for Coaches
Challenger Resource for Coaching
Online Soccer Training Videos
All coaches and assistant coaches need to be registered and have an approved background check.
If you registered to be a coach at sign ups and are selected to coach, you will have a coach’s account created for you. You will automatically be sent an email with your Got Soccer coach account login information. Once you receive your login information, you need to login and complete your background check.
The head coach will pick their assistant coach. The head coach will need to send an email to with the following information for the person(s) they wish to be their assistant coach:
The assistant coach will receive an email with their login information to Got Soccer and will then be required to login in and complete a background check.
No one will be added to the roster as a coach until their back ground check has been completed and approved.
Expectations for a WSA Coach
The coach of a team sets the attitude of everyone around them. This includes the players, parents and spectators. As the coach "the leader of the team" your responsibility is to provide a positive environment in which the children can learn and develop. The lessons that they learn extend beyond the child's soccer skills.
They include how to deal with conflict and how to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after the game. WSA expects the coach to lead by example and do their very best to provide a positive soccer experience for their team. Please keep this in mind when interacting with players, parents, referees and the opposing team.
Addressing the Referees During the Game
Please do not address the refs during the game. If you have a problem, concern, or are upset with a call, please fill out the comment card, or send an email to the Referee Assignor. They are human and are going to flub a few calls just like each of our teams will flub a few during the course of a game. The Referee Assignor will work with the Referee Director to educate the referee, or educate the coach. In some cases the coach is uneducated about the rules.
If you have any concerns or issues, please contact the following (in the following order):
Boy's of Girl's Commissioner
WSA Board President / Vice President
Please talk to us, don't let issues get out of control. If you have any ideas, again, please let us know.
We want to hear from you!
Bad Weather / Rained Out Games
When you think that games might be cancelled, DO NOT assume it is.
For games at Cartwright Park, check:
For NCSA games, check:
NCSA website [Need URL]
Please check the above resources before you call us!
Games that are rained out will be rescheduled for a later date. It is your responsibility to keep an eye on the game schedule.
If it is raining and the fields are in good shape and there is no lightning, WE WILL PLAY GAMES.
Primary focus on "development", not "winning" - subtle difference but very important. Winning is desirable of course, but making it your primary focus, especially your primary short-term focus, will most likely lead to bad decisions in your training program and game execution (see "don't teach anything you have to undo later" below).
Maximum touches on the ball during training sessions - make sure your practice plan leads to as many touches on the ball as possible. This can be accomplished by separating the players into smaller groups during drills or by designing your practice to include drills and games that force many touches on the ball. This is the primary reason NTX has moved to the small-sided game format.
Don't teach anything you have to undo later - for instance, many coaches of the younger players put their players in a defensive "wall" on the opponent’s kickoff - an alignment that will never be formed when they grow older (maybe in futsal). Instead, teach them to spread out on the kickoff and cover the critical defensive areas. Otherwise, at some point down the line you'll have to teach them to cover the space, hence undoing what you taught them earlier. Another example would be a coach of the younger players putting a single player in front of the opponents goal with instructions to "wait for the ball" - and leaving the player in that position during the entire game. On down the line you'll have to undo this practice and teach that player how to stay "onside" and how to "make runs to the goal", hence undoing what you previously instructed.
A slide tackle is a tackle in soccer in which a player attempts to take the ball away from an opposing player by deliberately leaving his feet and sliding along the ground with one leg extended to push the ball away from the opposing player.
A player who has possession of the ball and slides to kick it, to keep the ball from going pass the touchline, pass the goal line, or trying to score is not performing a slide tackle. If the player is the attacking player, then by definition they are not performing a slide tackle and will not be called for slide tackling.