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Coaches’ Corner

Welcome to the Coaches’ Corner!

We put together the information you need in one convenient spot – keep scrolling through the list of topics below.



Communication with Parents

Dear coach, one simple way to improve communication with your player’s parents is by sending them a general information letter.

A Coach’s Creed

The primary responsibility of a youth soccer coach is to help the young player to have fun, learn and improve. This responsibility makes a youth coach different from any other official in the club, league or association. We (coaches) coach for the joy and success of the players – and no other reason.

How to Properly head the ball for U13 and up

To be used for U13 and up!


Role of the Coach

A coach should help to improve the performance of the players (and the team) both physically and psychologically. The position of coach is demanding and multi-faceted. Parent, teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, organizer – these are some of the duties demanded of the coach. When players sign-up with a club, they expect to receive something for their registration fee – they want to play and learn and they also want to do so in an enjoyable environment. Shaping the lives of young people is a large responsibility, effected not only through what we teach, but also the way we teach. The process of learning is at least as important as the product.

In addition to what they learn about soccer, children may learn to be better people. You may be overwhelmed by your influence, but you accept that influence when you assume the position of coach. To develop players, you must have a sound knowledge of the game. This knowledge relates to skill, technique, tactics, fitness, and Laws of the Game. Coaches are, generally, knowledgeable about some of these aspects, but weak in others. Good coaches are always seeking new ideas to develop their knowledge of the game and players. As coaches, we must try to find out what potential a player has so that we can develop that potential and make the player the best player he or she can be.

What Do I Have to Do to Become a Community or Club Coach?

This is a question Community Coordinators and Zone offices are more than happy to answer – they will supply you with all the information you need to get going. The most important thing is that you enjoy working with kids & that you have the desire to learn as well as teach!

ASA offers the Certification Courses & has an excellent breakdown of what is required to become a fully certified Community Coach listed on their website at the Alberta soccer website.

For coaches of Tier 1 and Tier 2 club level teams, the “B” License program is available. For details contact the Alberta Soccer Association 780-474-2200 ext. 228

Coaching Resources

  1. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (includes on-line coaching courses)
  2. Ed’s Suggested Drills and Videos (Scoop it!)
  3. Soccer Dictionary
  4. Sports Injury Clinic!!
  5. EMSA Knee Fitness Training
  6. Nutrition for Sport


Principles of Successful Coaching for Girls U9 – U19


Meet Jorge Rodriguez

G2G (EMSA Technical Partner)
Coaching and Professional Highlights

Coaching License and Seminars

  • Alberta “B” License
  • Scottish Football Association Coaching Youth and Adult Seminars
  • Argentina Football Association Youth Coaching Course
  • United States Soccer Association Coaching Course NCCP Coaching Instructor course
  • 2 week soccer course with Carlos Alberto Parreira in Brazil

Coaching and Technical History

  • Alberta Summer Games Coach 2 years
  • Alberta U-14 Selects Coach for 5 years
  • Technical Director for the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association 10 years
  • Academy Coach 5 Years
  • Edmonton Professional Team (Aviators) Assistant Coach 1 Year

Professional Soccer Playing History

1972-76 Jr. Team Audax Italiano, Chile
1976-77 Professional Team Audax Italiano, Chile
1978 Professional Team Wilstermann, Bolivia
1978-79 Member U-19 Chile National Team
1978-83 Professional Team Audax Italiano, Chile
1983-84 Professional Team Curico Unido, Chile
1984-85 Professional Team Santiago Wanders, Chile
1986-87 Professional Team Audax Italiano, Chile
1987-92 Professional Team Edmonton Brickmen, Canada