Lesson Plans

Updated: Spring 2013

boy kicking soccer ballHave a written lesson plan for each training session or practice. You cannot have a good practice if you do not have an idea of what you want to accomplish during that practice. Writing down your plan will help you think through the equipment and setup you will need for the topics to be covered.

To get the most out of your team’s training session the coach must be prepared. Your scheduled training sessions are the opportunities for coaches and players to share knowledge.

The final goal is to guide your players to improved performance in their matches. 



General Parameters 

  • Do not plan too many activities in a single session 
  • Stay focused on your topic 
  • After each session, evaluate the activities by asking the following questions: 
    • Was the activity too easy, too hard or appropriate to the players’ capabilities? 
    • Did things flow smoothly? 
    • Did the players learn? 

A good coach is also flexible, as it will occasionally happen that not all of the players planned for will show up at the training session. Be adaptable!

Age-specific lesson plans are designed to provide a guideline for practices.  Click the links on the left column to view a sample of age-appropriate lesson plans.

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