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The good old days where the soccer coach can just go out onto the field and run some drills are long gone. With today's technology and techniques it is important to deliver a more organized and complete package to your team. This means a lot of work. This is especially so if you are new, or have not coached in a long while. So pull up your socks and get ready for a whole new adventure. In this report you will find a few tips to help you get ready to be the best you can be.

1. First on the list has to organization. Get an assistant or two if possible to help compile all the information needed. You can also use any extra help you can get from parents. They have sat and watched game after game and sometimes know the players better than the coaches. So ask for help! With all the extra hands you can also set up more drill rounds for the team.

2. To ensure the best players are on your team have them participate in a fitness test. Find out where the weaknesses are and what has to happen to correct or camouflage the problem. If there is enough practice time then you can work on the skill at a more personal level. Remember the team is only as strong as the weakest link.

3. How are your motivating skills? Are you able to bring your team out of the losing rut and into the winning zone? Have you asked your team what they hope to achieve both personally and as a team? Do they know their weaknesses? Strengths? How about you as the soccer coach? Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses? It is the soccer coach's job to have both a mental and intuitive knowledge of their team.

4. Ask yourself what is your favorite part of soccer. Then ask your team. It might surprise you to realize that some of them actually have similar goals and dreams as you.

5. Practice, practice, and more practice. My grandmother never played soccer but she knew if you wanted to be good at something you had to repeat the action over and over in order to excel in it. You have to know the pitfalls and be able to counter around them. It takes a lot of work to excel in something. But the team spirit will rise high if you work together and achieve even a small dose of success.

6. Remember to have fun. Even though there is a lot of work to be done, don't forget to have fun along the way. Everybody will work a little harder if they are having fun too. It is especially true of children. A pizza night out will go a long way to improve the team morale. So go ahead and have a pizza night. Tomorrow will bring a new day and you can continue the work then.

7. Never let your position as a soccer coach go to your head. Remember why you want to coach and coach with your heart as well as your head and you will go a long way.

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