E - Player Training

Objectives of the Game for the Kinder Player
  • Score - if your team has the ball, your team is attacking and needs to score 
  • Prevent Scoring - if the other team has the ball, your team is defending, and needs to stop the other team from scoring

Principles of Play for the Kinder Player
There are five attacking and defending Principles of Play in soccer, but for Kinder we will focus on ONE attacking principle and ONE defending principle.  AYSO adds principles of play appropriate to player's learning level, and by U12 all five will be learned.
  • Penetration - advancing the ball past opposing players by dribbling and passing
  • Delay - slow down the other team's attack by closing gaps and denying room for the other team to dribble and pass.

Teaching Methods

  1. P.I.E  Positive Instruction and Encouragement - This concept is so important to AYSO’s coaching philosophy, it is written into the National Rules and Regulations. Positive Instruction and Encouragement should always be used to instruct and motivate your players. They will respond better to you and it will help keep AYSO a fun, positive place for all.
  2. Say, Show, Do and Review - This method is effective for teaching any age group. Simply follow these four steps for the technique you are working on.  Remember to keep explanations and demonstrations brief and that young children will only want to work on the same thing for a short period of time.
    1. Say: Explain the skill or technique. 
    2. Show: Demonstrate the skill or technique. 
    3. Do: Have players perform the skill or technique. 
    4. Review: Review, correct and confirm proper technique.
  3. See, Show, Say Method - This process can be used in conjunction with the Say, Show, Do and Review method described above. Once you have taught the technique, you can observe and correct your players as described below.
    1. See - Coaches must learn to be observers of their players’ performances, looking to see if the skills, tactics and strategies they have learned are being properly utilized and executed on the field.  Observation is a silent activity. Instead of trying to coach or correct immediately, let them play uninterrupted for a time while taking notes.  Through the act of seeing (without speaking or directing), you can focus on analyzing the players and their performance. This analysis is the basis for the next step
      1. Make notes (preferably written) on what your players do. 
      2. Make notes on the positive outcomes. 
      3. Make a note (ONE note) on how they can improve. 
    2. Show - Showing consists of two complementary parts: description and demonstration. 
      1. Description involves briefly telling the players what you saw in terms of their execution; then provide them with attainable modifications to correct one or two deficits. This is called analysis and application. Don’t try to describe every error or apply every remedy. 
      2. Demonstration comes after the description of what you saw, and involves showing the players what modifications they can employ to improve their technique most effectively. If you are unable to demonstrate the technique yourself, utilize a player who can.
    3. Say - Once all of these steps have been followed, if the players perform the skill, tactic, or strategy effectively, it’s time to let them know! Say it out loud, so everyone can hear.


 Week 1   Dribbling
 Week 2 Passing
 Week 3 Shooting
 Week 4 Skills
 Week 5 Tournament
 Week 6 Dribbling
 Week 7 Passing
 Week 8 Shooting
 Week 9 Skills
 Week 10 Tournament

Be Familiar with Training Games

Coach Equipment

A coach must always come to the field prepared. Below is a basic list of the minimum equipment you should have with you on activity day: 
  • player medical release forms
  • first-aid kit (Kinder Producer will ensure one is at the field during each session)
  • soccer balls (supplied)
  • an extra pair of shinguards (supplied)
  • goals (supplied)
Your players must be wearing shin guards, socks that fully cover the shin guards, and shoes.