Edited from an article by Mike Woitalla

1. If all you do is set up goals and have them play as much soccer as possible during that 45 min-1 hour of training -- you’re off to a good start. 

2. Familiarize yourself with the various age-appropriate games/exercises to facilitate individual skills -- but don’t use ones that bore the kids. And if it takes more than a minute for 6-year-olds to comprehend the activity -- it’s the wrong one. 

3. No lines, no laps, no lectures.  Make sure your training sessions give players as many touches on the ball as possible in the given time.  

4. Enjoy yourself! If for some reason you’re grumpy, act like you’re enjoying yourself. Kids pick up on body language and you’ll get the best out of them if they sense you like being their coach.

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