Fingerprints and Background Checks
New CYSA rules deem that all volunteers must be fingerprinted for background checks.
The approval process takes 2-4 weeks, it is imperative we process our parent volunteer information ASAP.
Check out the Cal North link for detailed information.

Useful Web Resources

Soccer Practice Plans provided by YouthSoccer101 and The WCCYSL.

Once you are signed up you will automatically receive an email, every week, with a suggested practice outline, videos and animations to explain the drills as well as access to over 50 age appropriate drills. This is a great resource for new and experienced coaches. You can also sign-up your assistant coaches, please click this link:

WCCYSL home website.  Information on rules, policies, fields, league news and contact info for league officials.
CYSA home website.  Includes downloadable manuals and forms.
Good source for generic rules and policies governing soccer in Northern California.

COACHING AIDES:  (All these sites have high quality free content and no memberships.)

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Nike Soccer
UEFA (European Soccer Federation) training page.
A great selection of short “How-to” videos for training basic skills and movements.
Excellent resource for youth soccer coaches. Provides coaching points, drills, games, tips for youth coaches pre-school through adolescents.
A long menu of skill drills and practice plans broken down by age group from Jeff Pill,  National staff coach for US Soccer.
These two links have some basic practice plans and examples of training games.
Also included are links to other free help for developing a soccer practice plan.
Another UK soccer training site with ideas for practice points and drills.

Soccer Laws:
FIFA 201415 Laws of the Game FIFA is the world governing body for soccer. These are the laws of the game.

Link to the FIFA 11+ complete warm up program to prevent injuries:

Warming up prior to playing and training is a matter of routine for any serious player. A smart warm-up not only improves your performance, but also helps you to prevent injuries. “The 11+”, the new injury prevention programme from FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), provides a complete, football-specific warm-up and can easily be integrated into a daily training routine.

“The 11+” is divided into three parts: it starts off with running exercises (part I), moves on to six exercises with three levels of increasing difficulty to improve strength, balance, muscle control and core stability (part II), and concludes with further running exercises (part III). The different levels of difficulty increase the programme’s effectiveness and allow coaches and players to individually adapt the programme. “The 11+” takes approx. 20 minutes to complete and replaces the usual warm-up before training. Prior to playing a match, only the running exercises are performed, for about ten minutes.

“The 11+” has proven to cut injuries by up to half – if performed correctly and regularly. When it is adopted together with the values of fair play, it enables you, as a player or coach, to protect yourself, your team and your opponents and thus increase everyone’s enjoyment of the game.   

More Coaching Resources:


Technical Tuesdays 

Tony Waiters World of Soccer 

Our organization is committed to the principles of Positive Coaching Alliance and against a “win-at-all-cost” mentality. PCA calls a Positive Coach a “Double-Goal Coach®.” A win-at-all-cost coach has only one goal – to win. A Positive Coach shares that goal (wants to win) but has a second goal that is even more important – to use the sports experience to help young people learn “life lessons” and positive character traits that will help them be successful throughout their lives.

Help us promote the three PCA principles which have the power to “transform youth sports so that sports can transform youth.” The three principles, explained in this letter, are:

1 Redefining “Winner”
2 Filling the Emotional Tank
3 Honoring the Game

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