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Coach's Handbook


To encourage fun, enjoyment, positive recognition and the pursuit of individual excellence, we support these Codes.  Please review and explain the Player's Code to your team and the Parent's Code to the parents of your team.


*        Be generous when you win, be graceful when you loose.

*        Be fair always, no matter what.

*        Obey the laws of the game.

*        Accept the decision of the officials with good grace.

*        Work for the good of the team.

*        Believe in the honesty of your opponent and the referee.

*        Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.

*   Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.


*        Children need a good example more than criticism.

*        Make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.

*        Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.

*     Be kind to your child's coach and to the officials.  Our coaches are volunteers,   giving personal time for your child's benefit.

*        Opponents are necessary friends, without whom your child could not participate.

*        Applaud good plays by your team and by the members of the opposing team.

*        Don't openly question the judgment or honesty of the officials.

*     Accept the results of each game.  Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.


*        Develop the child's appreciation of the game.

*        Be a positive role model.

*        Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.

*       Official decisions should be accepted without anger no matter how unfair they may seem.  Winning at all cost defeats the purpose of the game.

*        Keep winning and losing in proper perspective.  Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.

*        In soccer, as in life, treat others as you would have them treat you.



This Code of Conduct has been developed to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted professional, ethical, and moral behavior from that which is detrimental to the development of the sport of soccer. (The term "Coach" shall include, but is not limited to Head Coach, Assistant Coach(s), Manager/Trainer and/or Team Representative.)

Article I: Responsibilities to Players

1.      The coach's responsibility is to the health and safety of all participants. The coach must never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.

2.      Coach should know and understand the Laws of the Game and instruct players to play within the laws and the spirit of the game at all times.

3.      Coach should be positive role model and set the standard for sportsmanship.

4.      Coach should keep sport in proper perspective with player's academic education.

5.      Coach shall say "no" to drugs.

6.      Under no circumstances should coach authorize or encourage the use of, but not limited to, medicinal or performance enhancing drugs.

7.      Coach should inspect player's equipment and field conditions for safety reasons.

8.      Coach should continue his/her own education in the sport in order to be able to educate the players in technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game for their level.

9.      Coach should encourage moral and social responsibility.

10.  Coach should be sensitive to each child's developmental needs, strive to have each player reach his/her full potential and be prepared to move to the next stage of development.

11.  Coach should develop the child's appreciation of the game. Players should have fun and receive positive feedback.

12.  Coach should supervise and control his/her players to avoid injury situations. Players should be directed to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow the physician's instructions regarding treatment and recovery. At no time should a player be put at risk by returning from injury prematurely or by being forced to play while injured.

13.  It is recommended that the coach become certified in basic first aid and be prepared to handle medical emergencies at all practices and games.

• Coach should bring properly supplied first aid kit and ice to all practices and games.

• Coach should know 911 and emergency phone numbers and procedures.

• Coach should know location of nearest emergency medical facilities.

• Coach should bring IYSA Medical Release and Liability Waiver to all practices and games.

14.  The coach must behave in an ethical and legal manner. The Coach must complete and submit an IYSA Disclosure Statement to his/her IYSA affiliated association.

Article II: Responsibility to IYSA and Member Organizations

1.      Coach should work in the spirit of cooperation with the officials, administrators, coaches, spectators and participants.

2.      Coach should know and follow all rules set forth by the IYSA, leagues and clubs.

3.      Coach must strive to maintain integrity within the sport.

4.     Coach should contact club official or league to resolve conflicts with another coach.

Article III: Responsibility for The Laws of The Game

1.     Coaches should know the Laws of the Game, their intent, interpretation and correct application.

2.      Coaches must adhere to the letter and spirit of the laws of the game.

3.      If a coach permits, encourages, or condones performance which is not in the letter or spirit of the laws, coach is derelict in his/her responsibility to players, Member Organizations, IYSA and the sport worldwide.

Article IV: Responsibility to Officials

1.  Coach must not criticize game officials and instruct his/her players, parents and spectators to refrain from criticizing officials.

2.   Coach should treat officials with respect before, during, and after the game. Officials should be addressed as "Referee" or "Mr./Ms. Referee" and not by name. Professional respect should be mutual and there should be no demeaning dialogue or gesture between officials, coach, or player.

3.     Coaches must not incite players or spectators or attempt to disrupt the flow of play.

4.   Coach is responsible for and will be held accountable for the conduct of his/her players, parents, and spectators.

5.   Coach should submit comments in writing regarding an official to the appropriate organization assigning the official.

Article V: Responsibility Regarding Recruiting

1.      It is unethical to recruit player(s) while they are registered on another team.

2.  Coach and team representative shall strictly adhere to IYSA and league rules pertaining to recruitment.

3.    It is unethical for a player to be recruited or enticed from the Olympic Development Program (ODP) setting, either by his ODP coach or any other coach, manager, parent, or team representative.

4.  The coach has an ethical obligation to be forthright and refrain from making derogatory remarks regarding other coaches, teams, and organizations when discussing the advantages of his/her organization.

5.  It is illegal recruitment to promise any kind of compensation or inducement to a player. It is unethical for a coach or team representative to provide compensation or inducement to a player. It is unethical for any coach to make a statement to a prospective athlete, which cannot be fulfilled.

6.    Allegations of illegal or unethical recruiting are very serious and should be based on concrete facts rather than hearsay and innuendo. Documentation of recruiting violations must be submitted in writing to the league and IYSA.

Article VI: Responsibility for Public Relations

1.  Coaches have a responsibility to promote the game of soccer to the public. Comments and critiques of governing bodies, teams, coaches, players, parents, or the media should be positive and constructive, never prejudicial or inflammatory.

2.  Coaches have the responsibility to assist their players in conducting themselves properly while representing their team, league, and IYSA in public.

3.  Comments blaming officials, organizers, players, etc. for a loss or unsuccessful endeavor are detrimental and should be avoided.

Article VII: Game Day and Other Responsibilities

·    A coach's behavior must bring credit to him/herself, his/her organization, and the sport of soccer.

· Rival coaches should meet prior to the game and exchange friendly or professional greetings.

·  While the concept of rivalry is wholly embraced, it cannot take precedence over exemplary professional conduct.

· The coach must confine him/herself to the technical area and only provide technical instruction.

·  A coach shall exhibit a respectful attitude towards players, officials, spectators, opposing players and coaches. Verbal abuse or physical assault is unethical and shall be punishable by fines and/or suspension from the program.

·   The coaches foremost post game responsibility is to his/her team.

·   Coach should use his/her influence to control the behavior of his players, parents and spectators.

All Member Associations are directed to form their own Conduct & Ethics Committee and to hold hearings - WITH THE PARTIES HAVING THE RIGHT TO BE PRESENT - on alleged violations of the IYSA Code of Conduct when properly submitted in writing.


Coaches as a practical matter and legally are the agents / representatives of their team and club.

Referees (Game Officials) are independent contractors employed by teams, clubs, or leagues on their behalf to officiate individual games or games in tournaments, friendlies, scrimmages, etc. The referee is employed to perform specific duties as defined in FIFA Law 5 - The Referee. A copy of that entire law (rule) is attached. Read it carefully.  There is no exception that the referee will or should perform any other duties.

The referee is within his rights to expect that the players, coaches and other team officials know the rules of the game and their responsibilities. And that the home team will provide a game ball or balls of acceptable quality properly inflated, etc. The referee has no responsibility to explain the rules of the game or to answer questions regarding his rulings, fouls, or punishment. In fact, as there is no provision for questions, and because of experience, the referee is likely to consider a question to be a challenge to his authority and a prelude to further questions and confrontation. Considering that if the coach knew the rules, hand, and arm signals, he would have no questions, leaving the referee to assume the coach is dissenting his call. Dissension of a referee's ruling is not allowed, and the referee is likely to deal with it harshly because, otherwise, it only leads to more dissension spreading to the spectators and players.

There is to be no coaching from the sidelines. Practice belongs to the coach, and that is where he does his teaching. The game belongs to the players, and coaches' shouting only confuses things. The FIFA Laws of The Game define the technical area and explains that "only one person at a time is authorized to convey tactical instructions, and he must return to his position immediately after giving these instructions." It also explains that "the technical area extends one (1) yard on either side of the designated seated area and extends forward up to a distance of one (1) yard from the touch line." Tactical instructions are defined as "Johnny, switch positions with Jack" and such. It is anticipated the coach's position will be sitting on the bench quietly observing the game, taking care of injuries or talking with substitutes and assistant coaches.

The coach is responsible not only for his own actions but those of parents and spectators associated in any way with his team. A page from the USSF rule book is attached clearly stating the responsibilities of the coach and defining referee assault and abuse and it penalties. If, in the opinion of the referee, the coach, player, or others are disrupting the game or dissenting his calls, he shall deal with the coach to have the source silenced. If the coach does not correct the disturbance, the referee is empowered to "send off" the coach. If there is a properly designated assistant coach, the game may resume under his control. If there is no such person and/or that such person fails to control the situation and is "sent off" the referee must suspend the game and report the incident to the League or other authority where appropriate action will be taken.

The quote "an ounce of prevention is worth an pound of cure" might have been coined especially for soccer coaches. After an incident at a game where coaches, parents, and other spectators disrupt the game, assault, or abuse the referee or otherwise cause the game to be suspended, the damage is already done. The players have had their game cut short for no fault of theirs. They have seen their role models (their parents, coaches, other adult team officials and spectators) setting terrible examples. Years of sportsmanship training is wiped out in a flash. Unless the referee deals swift and severe punishment out, those involved think their actions were O.K. and they now have a license to repeat that and try for even worse. The prescribed medicine, one or more game suspension and fines, will probably not affect a cure. Those involved will blame the unfair and unreasonable referee, pay the fine and be prepared for the next encounter.

The only cure is prevention. As soon as the team is formed for the season, the coach must have a mandatory meeting of the parents/guardians. It must be understood that unless one or more parents are present at the meeting, their child will not be allowed to play in games. Have it understood there will not be free makeup meetings. Any makeup meeting will cost the parent $50 or whatever other amount the coach is comfortable with. Remember that every makeup meeting will take time making the coach's job more onerous and that a lack of cooperation is a forecaster of trouble. Inform the parents of their role at games and practices are to encourage the players by cheering and by compliments after they are off the field. No coaching by spectators or criticism of our players, the opponents or the referee will be tolerated. Inform them there will be game or games suspension and money fines for first time violations. For second time violations they will be suspended from attending games for the balance of the season or forever. Inform them that failure to comply with the suspensions and or pay fines before the next game will result in their child not playing until the fine is paid and the suspension is served. It may seem harsh to punish the child for the actions of his parent but if suspensions and fines have failed to correct the problem, there is probably no other way. Consider the alternative to correction. The problem continues and grows. Because the coach is responsible for the actions of the spectators, he coach is suspended by the League or State Association leaving the team without a coach and therefore unable to play future games. Since the parent of one player is destroying soccer for the entire team not to mention the opponents whose game is also cut short and considering the situation will not improve, cutting playing time for the one player is justified. Experience has proven that a parent faced with his child's suspension will either pay the fine or serve the suspension and mend his ways or stay away altogether. Either way, the problem is solved. There is an old and true saying; "you cannot save a person from himself or his parents."

It is important to know that the coach controlling his own actions as well as spectators isn't just the nice thing to do. Failure to do so can lead to serious legal consequences. The coach, team and club can be held legally responsible for injuries arising from assault on referees and other game officials. In a baseball game, an attack by the coaches of one team upon the coach of the other team resulted their in being found guilty in criminal court and a judgment in civil court of more than $700,000 against the attacking coach's club and the club running the tournament. The court held the club is responsible for the actions of those associated with it and the club is charged with controlling the game and security through it's representatives-in this case, the coaches.

In a less spectacular case the dissension of the head coach and assistant coach probably incited a parent to attack and injure the soccer referee and a young girl was injured in the scuffle. The parent is suspended from all youth soccer activities for five years and the coaches were suspended for rest of the season. The parent is faced with a criminal trial. A substitute coach had to be found for the team. The coach commented that it was "so unfair for the State Association to suspend the coaches because it meant the players would be without their coach." The coaches can try to avoid their responsibility by blaming others but if they had done their jobs there would not have been an altercation and the players would not have been subjected to such a display. Who do you think was unfair to the players?

Thank you for reading this lengthy dissertation. It was reduced in length but further deletions would leave you without the knowledge and tools to do a vital part of your job. Referee dissent and its by-products could destroy soccer, the most perfect sport for kids.

Good luck

Reprinted with permission of:

Illinois State Referee Committee

Charlie Dyson

Law V - The Referee

The Authority of the Referee

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed.

Powers and Duties

The Referee:

*     enforces the Laws of the Game

*    controls the match in co-operation with the assistant referees and, where applicable, with the fourth official

*     ensures that any ball used meets the requirements of Law 2

*     ensures that the players' equipment meets the requirements of Law 4

*     acts as timekeeper and keeps a record of the match

*     stops, suspends or terminates the match, at his discretion, for any infringements of the Laws

*    stops, suspends or terminates the match because of outside interference of any kind

*    stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures that he is removed from the field of play

*    allows play to continue until the ball is out of play if a player is, in his opinion, only slightly injured

*    ensures that any player bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play. The player may only return on receiving a signal from the referee, who must be satisfied that the bleeding has stopped

*    allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalizes the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time

*     punishes the more serious offence when a player commits more than one offence at the same time

*        takes disciplinary action against players guilty of caution-able and sending-off offences. He is not obliged to take this action immediately but must do so when the ball next goes out of play

*       takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may at his discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds

*        acts on the advice of assistant referees regarding incidents which he has not seen

*        ensures that no unauthorized persons enter the field of play

*        restarts the match after it has been stopped

*       provides the appropriate authorities with a match report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players, and/or team officials and any other incidents which occurred before, during or after the match

Decisions of the Referee

The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.

The referee may only change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or, at his discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, provided that he has not restarted play.

Decisions of the International F.A. Board

1. A referee (or where applicable, an assistant referee or fourth official) is not held liable for: any kind of injury suffered by a player, official or spectator any damage to property of any kind any other loss suffered by any individual, club, company, association or other body, which is due or which may be due to any decision which he may take under the terms of the Laws of the Game or in respect of the normal procedures required to hold, play and control a match. This may include:

*      a decision that the condition of the field of play or its surrounds or that the weather conditions are such as to allow or not to allow a match to take place a decision to abandon a match for whatever reason

*    a decision as to the condition of the fixtures or equipment used during a match including the goalposts, crossbar, flag posts and the ball

*     a decision to stop or not to stop a match due to spectator interference or any problem in the spectator area

*   a decision to stop or not to stop play to allow an injured player to be removed from the field of play for treatment

*     a decision to request or insist that an injured player be removed from the field of play for treatment

*   a decision to allow or not to allow a player to wear certain apparel or equipment

*    a decision (in so far as this may be his responsibility) to allow or not to allow any persons (including team or stadium officials, security officers, photographers or other media representatives) to be present in the vicinity of the field of play

*        any other decision which he may take in accordance with the Laws of the Game or in conformity with his duties under the terms of FIFA, confederation, national association or league rules or regulations under which the match is played

2. In tournaments or competitions where a fourth official is appointed, his role and duties must be in accordance with the guidelines approved by the International F.A. Board.

3. Facts connected with play shall include whether a goal is scored or not and the result of the match.

Copyright © 1994-2000 FIFA. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 1994-2000 En-Linea, Inc. All rights reserved.


As an adult leader, or a volunteer, you need to have a basic knowledge about abuse of adolescents and the youth protection policies of Learning for Life. Due to the coeducational makeup of the youth being served in Learning for Life, youth protection takes on an added dimension.

It is important to realize that, although child abuse is preconceived as a problem related more to younger children; it is not unusual for adolescents to be victims of abuse also. The most common forms of abuse are neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse all prevalent in today's society. Therefore, all adult leaders are obligated to be familiar with the Youth Protection guidelines of Learning for Life.

Youth protection is a five-point plan adopted by Learning for Life to prevent abuse. This plan includes the following five points:

·    Educating volunteers, parents, and participating youth to aid in the detection and prevention of abuse

·   Establishing leader-selection procedures to prevent offenders from entering Learning for Life leadership ranks

·       Establishing policies that create barriers to abuse within the program

·    Encouraging youth to report improper behavior in order to identify offenders quickly

·         Swift removal and reporting of alleged offenders

It is important for you to remember that any time abuse is suspected, your Learning for Life executive or designee must be contacted immediately. Your local Learning for Life executive knows the procedures to follow to ensure that the young victim will be protected from any possible further abuse and the proper authorities to be notified.

Background Information

The idea of what is child abuse has expanded a lot in the last 25 years. At first we thought of child abuse as parents who battered a child so bad that it caused injury. But now we think of it in a much broader way as treatment of a child or parenting practices that cause harm to the child and violate social norms or conventional practices, not the way that children should be treated. By definition child abuse is harm to a person under the age of 18 that occurs immediately or through the accumulated effects over a period of time.

Child abuse is often described in four categories, although these can overlap in a single child. These categories are

1.      Physical abuse. Non-accidental bodily injury of the youth by the parent or another adult. Indicators of physical abuse include unexplained, unusual, or repeated injuries.

2.      Neglect. Caused by withholding from a child life's necessities, which are vital to his or her safety, health and general well-being. Basic food, clothing, and shelter and proper medical care are forms of neglect a child may experience.

3.      Sexual abuse. Any sexual activity between a child and an adult or between children where there is an unusual distribution of power, such as when one is significantly older or larger. It involves the misuse of trust and power.

4.      Emotional abuse. Occurs for example, when a youth is consistently told that he or she is not good and never will be. Denigrating name-calling is a form of emotional abuse. Because the physical signs of this form of abuse are subtle, it is difficult to substantiate but significantly harms the child's emotional status and self image.

Child abuse is also a cause of stress, as are any number of other events in life such as a family disruption, divorce, or loss of a loved one or pet, or problems in school. This stress may cause reactions such as crying for no reason, immature behavior, clinging or aggressive behavior, withdrawal symptoms, depression, and others. If any of these symptoms take place over a period of time, there is a reason to be concerned and the behavior needs to be studied.

Youth Protection Guidelines

An important component of Learning for Life's Youth Protection guidelines is adherence to the policies, which will ensure that young people participating in any phase of the Learning for Life program are safe from abuse.

Creating Barriers

After selecting the best possible leaders, further protection for children is structured into the program through policies that guard against abuse and provide security for its youth participants. The following policies have been adopted to provide security for youth; in addition they serve to protect adult leaders from situations in which they are vulnerable to allegations of abuse.

·      Two-deep leadership. Two Learning for Life adult leaders or one Learning for Life leader and a parent-both of whom are 21 years of age or older-are required on all trips and outings. If the activity is coeducational, leaders of both sexes must be present. The participating organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.

·     No one-on-one contact. One-on-one contact between adults and participants is not permitted, except for authorized ride-along programs in Exploring. Personal conferences must be conducted in plain view of others.

·    Respect of privacy. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of participants in situations such as changing into swimsuits or taking showers at activities and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. They must also protect their own privacy in similar situations.

·      Separate accommodations. When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the same tent or room with an adult other than their parents or guardians. We strongly encourage separate shower and toilet facilities for males and females, and when separate facilities are not available, posted shower schedules for males and females.

·      Proper preparation for high-adventure activities. Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, supervision, and safety measures.

·   No secret organizations. There are no secret organizations recognized in Learning for Life. All aspects of Learning for Life programs are open to observation by parents and leaders.

·     Appropriate attire. Proper clothing for activities is required. Skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of a Learning for Life program.

·      Constructive discipline. Discipline in Learning for Life should be constructive and reflect the program's underlying values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.

·      Hazing prohibited. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Learning for Life activity.

·     Youth leader training and supervision. Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by youth leaders.

Adherence to these policies not only enhances the protection of participants but also ensures the values of Learning for Life are preserved. It helps to protect volunteer adult leaders from situations that are deemed at risk by creating barriers to abuse.


Considering the prevalence of abuse and the educational programs that increase adolescents' awareness of sexual molestation, you might someday have a participant tell you that someone has molested him or her. If this happens, you must be prepared to help. Follow the guidelines below:

·         Do not panic or overreact to the information disclosed to you by the youth.

·         Do not criticize the youth.

·         Do respect the youth's privacy. Take him or her to a private place in sight of others and reassure them that you are concerned about what happened and that you would like to help. You might want to ask if they have talked to their parents about this-if parents are not the alleged abuser.

·         Do not promise to keep the victimization secret, as it will be necessary to make a report to the Learning for Life office. Learning for Life will advise you of your responsibility to report to child protective services or to a law enforcement agency.

·         Do encourage the participant to tell the appropriate authorities. You may do this by making sure the youth feels that he or she is not to blame for what happened. Tell the youth that no one should ask him or her to keep a secret and that it is OK to talk about what happened with the appropriate adults.

·         Do keep it strictly confidential. Take your guidance from Learning for Life or the child protection agency; discussing allegations of abuse with others is not helpful to the child.


The soccer community is like all other segments of society. Some participants may have infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B (blood borne pathogens). So you are involved in youth soccer. What do you do when an individual who has AIDS wants to participate in your program?


Individuals with infectious diseases have the right to participate in youth soccer programs. Efforts to exclude individuals from participation in your youth soccer program because of infectious diseases are governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Rehabilitation Act.

The other legal area of concern for youth soccer is confidentiality of information. Individuals with infectious diseases have the right to confidentiality. Revealing such confidential information in a non-professional setting may qualify as a breach of privacy and opens up the possibility of a civil suit. There is no law protecting the privacy of individuals. Sharing information about an individual with an infectious disease should be governed by that individual and/or the family involved. Let them be your guide in how much they want to be known.


Treat every person on the field, as in any area of society, with the assumption they are HIV positive. Precautions for reducing the potential for transmission of infectious diseases should include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Routine use of latex gloves or other precautions to prevent skin and mucous-membrane exposure when contact with blood or other body fluids is anticipated.

• If bleeding is profuse and requires the assistance of a supervising adult, latex gloves should be donned and pressure applied to the wound, keeping the injury above the level of the heart if possible. Medical care should be sought.

• Immediately wash hands and other skin surfaces if contaminated (in contact) with blood and other body fluids. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves.

• The bloodied portion of the athlete's uniform must be properly disinfected, or the uniform changed before the athlete may participate.

• Clean all blood-contaminated surfaces and equipment with a solution made from 1-100 dilution of household bleach or other disinfectant before competition resumes. Use a new mixture for each event, and discard the mixture after each event.

• Practice proper disposal procedures to prevent injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments or devices found in the area of the field.

• Although saliva has not been implicated in HIV transmission, mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, or other ventilation devices should be available for use ot minimize the need for emergency direct mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

• Athletic trainers / coaches with bleeding or oozing skin conditions should refrain from all direct care until the condition resolves.

• Contaminated towels, dressings, and other articles containing body fluids should be properly disposed of or disinfected.

Illinois Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer recommends full sport of FIFA Circular no. 438 dated 6 July, 1990 which states in part, "The referee should prevent a player who is bleeding profusely from taking any further part in a match until he has been adequately treated and bleeding has stopped."


There are many factors to consider whenever there is an injury on the soccer field. Many people are starting to ask the question, "What do I do when a player gets hurt on the field and is bleeding?" Illinois Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer recommend the following guidelines to coaches, trainers, and referees:

• First concern is always to make sure the player is not seriously injured. Never move a player that has possible internal injuries.

• If possible to remove the player form the field, move the player to the side lines away from the spectators.

• Carry latex gloves at all times in your bag.

• Carry empty plastic bags, large enough to carry a uniform and shoes. Cary rags to clean surrounding areas, and carry some type of cleaning substance to clean the injured player.

• Referees should never allow the player back onto the field without a clean jersey, shorts, shoes, etc., whatever has had the blood on it. Therefore, it should be recommended that each player have extra clean shirt, shorts, shoes, and socks with them.

• The field of play should be inspected and cleaned up prior to resuming play. This means cutting out as much as possible of the blood area in the grass, and removing it to a proper disposal area. On artificial turf apply a cleaning agent, one that is safe for the surface.

These are just a few things that should be done during the games. There are many more safety procedures that can apply.


Prior to each practice or game coaches and their assistants should develop the habit of a safety check with the goal of promoting a safe environment for both participants and spectators.


*     Portable goal posts properly secured and anchored and used on level playing fields

*     Inspect goal post for sharp corners to include general integrity

*    Instruct all players and their parents of the potential dangers associated with movable soccer goals

*      Forbid any horseplay by players or members of the general public on or around any goal post

*        Remove nets when goals are not in use

*        Portable goal posts should only be moved by authorized personnel

*        Anchor or chain one portable goal to another or to a nearby fence when not in use


*        Inspect for foreign objects

*        Check for pot holes, hills/ruts

*        Make sure sprinkler heads are seated

*        Observe 3' Restraining Line from Touch Line

*        Notify your club and field owners of unsafe field conditions in writing

*        Do not allow participation by your players until noted hazards have been corrected


*        Communicate the laws of the game to all players and parents

*        Provide proper supervision at all scheduled activities. Prohibit behaviors that do not promote a safe and healthy experience

*        Make sure shin guards are covered, jewelry removed and shoes are adequate for field conditions

*        Place players together of similar ability

*        Establish travel transportation policies for practices and games.

*        Arrange for supervision of players without rides at conclusion of every practice

*        Remove immediately all players from fields upon approaching severe weather

*        Communicate with all parents your expectations as a coach

*    Know location of nearest emergency health care facility. Know of any special medical conditions of your players

*    Maintain in your possession first aid kit, phone numbers of parents, medical treatment authorization, and cell phone

*        Make sure you or an official on the soccer field has basic first aid training

*    Communicate with parents your expectations in promoting a safe environment. Recruit their assistance


*        Maintain a supply of player medical claim forms

*        Obtain and record relevant information about an injury to a player and/or spectator

*        Don't leave a player unattended until transferred to health or security personnel in the pre-authorized manner or released at their own request

*        Don't accept or suggest fault for the incident

*        Don't state that medical bills will be paid.

*    Contact your state association or its designated insurance personnel with any questions.

*        Always give respect and appropriate attention to the injured person

*        Always correct any hazardous situation as soon as reasonable after attending to the injured person


Program provides instruction for any individual regardless of coaching and playing background.


The Illinois Youth Soccer Association's Coaching Education Program (CEP) provides instruction to any individual regardless of their coaching or playing background.  Course levels have been established to provide instruction to coaches.  The content of each course is arranged progressively so that instruction relates to specific age groups.  Organized in the same manner as the U.S. Soccer national coaching schools for the C, B and A License, the state level courses are for the U6-U8 Youth Module, U8-U10 Youth Module, U10-U12 Youth Module, ‘E' Certificate and the ‘D' License.

STATE ‘G' MINI CLINIC - 3 Hour Course

A three hour introductory mini-clinic is available for your club, league or association.  (Recreational leagues that become affiliated with us will receive their first ‘G' Clinic free of charge.)  This clinic is designed to introduce youth soccer to the parents and coaches of recreational programs who have little or no experience with coaching youth soccer.  The ‘G' Clinic can be modified to a specific soccer topic area of training of your choice.

U6/U8 YOUTH MODULE - Age Specific 4.5 Hour Course


This 4.5 hour course is devoted to the philosophy of coaching and characteristics of 6-8 year olds.  Field sessions include appropriate activities for 6-8 year olds with demonstrations using age appropriate players.  The teaching philosophy at this level emphasizes "learning through fun activities."  Classroom sessions include care and prevention of soccer injuries, team administration, risk management and modified laws of the game followed by a question and answer period. 

U8/U10 YOUTH MODULE - A Specific 4.5 Hour Course


This 4.5 hours course is devoted to the philosophy of coaching and characteristics of 8-10 year olds.  Field sessions include appropriate activities for 8-10 year olds with demonstrations using age appropriate players.  The course emphasis is on child development by focusing on the psychological, physical and cognitive aspects using activities that contain implications to the game of soccer and producing an environment which challenges each individual.  Classroom sessions include care and prevention of soccer injuries, team administration, risk management and modified laws of the game followed by a question and answer period.

U10/U12 YOUTH MODULE - A Specific 4.5 Hour Course


This 4.5 hour course is devoted to the philosophy of coaching and characteristics of 10-12 year olds.  Field sessions include appropriate activities for 10-12 year olds with demonstrations using age appropriate players.  The teaching philosophy emphasizes social interactivity involved in small group play.  Incorporated within this teaching format are related games within smaller groups, which will ensure each player's maximum participation.  Classroom sessions include care and prevention of soccer injuries, team administration, risk management and modified laws of the game followed by a question and answer period.

‘E' CERTIFICATE - 18 Hour Course


In this 18 hour course, which is offered in English and Spanish, instruction is focused on refining the players technical skills under game like conditions that incorporate pressure of an opponent and limited time or space.  We refer to this as teaching technique at the "match related" level of learning.  In addition, basic tactics will be taught within technique sessions.  Individual and group tactics are presented in 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 and small-sided games activities.  Basic principles of play such as width, depth, penetration and support are emphasized in this course.  A take home examination is used as an in-class learning tool.

‘D' LICENSE - 36 Hour Course


This 36 hour course, which is offered in English and Spanish, is designed for the experienced coach who has already received training at the ‘E' level or who has several years of coaching and/or playing experience.**  (Coaches who are interested in bypassing the ‘E' Certificate course must submit a resume based on your playing and/or coaching experience/background to Ian Mulliner, Director of Coaching for Illinois Youth Soccer Association)  The focus of this course is to improve individual's and team's ability.  Individual, group and team tactics are used to teach the roles of 1st, 2nd and 3rd attacker and defender.  Small-sided games are used to develop an understanding of team shape and positional play as well as how to play in the different thirds of the field.  Participants must successfully complete both written and practical coaching examinations to receive the ‘D' License.

** Coaches who are interested in bypassing the ‘E' Certificate Course must submit a resume based on your playing and/or coaching experience/background to Ian Mulliner, Director of Coaching for Illinois Youth Soccer Association.  Any coach applying for a waiver will be charged $50 and is not refundable nor is it transferable.  Resumes must be mailed along with your $50 payment to: Illinois Youth Soccer-CEP, 1655 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 201, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.  Please email Ian at with any questions.


If you currently hold a National 'D' License and have for a minimum of 1 year and would like to attend the 9 day duration national coaching school for the National 'C' License, please contact the Coaching Department at U.S. Soccer, 1801-1811 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616, or call at 312-808-1300 for a brochure. Attendance at national coaching schools is limited and courses do fill up quickly. If you are looking to be waived into a National A, B or C License Course, please contact Mike Leuzzi at U.S. Soccer for requirements. The Illinois Youth Soccer Association does not have the authority to waive any individual under any circumstances into a National A, B or C License Course.


All courses include both lecture and participation orientated field sessions.  You will be exposed to modern methods of coaching soccer where principles and methods of coaching are taught to help you prepare for practice sessions and games.  Sessions on tactics will include specific principles and exercises for the development of tactical skills through individual, small group and team tactics.  The field coaching sessions will assist you in developing your players' technical skills and tactical understanding in progressive, easy to understand exercises and games that motivate your players.  Each state level coaching course has been designed  to provide the aspiring youth coach with the necessary knowledge to improve his players team.


Knowledgeable coaches are essential to the development of players.  Coaches must keep apprised of the latest techniques, philosophies and tactics.  To maintain credibility, to learn the latest information and to keep up with the players, improve your knowledge by taking advanced and refresher courses.


All courses are taught by members of the Illinois Youth Soccer Instructional Staff.  These coaches have many years of experience and hold a national coaching license from U.S. Soccer Federation.  These coaches have been selected as instructors for the Illinois Youth Soccer Coaching Schools because of their outstanding teaching and coaching ability.


In order to cover the curriculum effectively, the minimum number of participants required for the U6-U8 Youth Module, U8-U10 Youth Module and U10-U12 Youth Module courses is twelve (12), for the ‘E' Certificate is fifteen (15) and for the ‘D' License is twenty (20).  There is no minimum required for the ‘G' group clinic. If your club, league or association is interested in hosting a coaching course or obtaining information on coaching courses, please download the application form.  Coaching Education Course Host Request Form (PDF File)


Only original Course Application submitted with payment to Illinois Youth Soccer will reserve course space.  Faxed applications are an indicator of the potential number of course participants only.  If a course fills up and an applicant has only faxed in an application with no payment then they will be removed from the course in order to allow applicants that have followed procedures. 


To obtain a copy of a misplaced or lost certificate, please send your $25 payment (made payable to Illinois Youth Soccer-CEP) along with course level, course dates (year is fine) and course location to: Illinois Youth Soccer-CEP, Attn: CEP Coordinator, 1655 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 201, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.



COURSE                    DURATION                                         COURSE FEE 

U6-U8 YM                    4.5 HOURS - 1 DAY                         $75 

U8-U10 YM                  4.5 HOURS - 1 DAY                         $75 

U10-U12 YM                4.5 HOURS - 1 DAY                         $75 

Illinois Youth Soccer affiliated, currently registered coaches must submit a copy of their current coach's pass with their course application to be eligible for a $25 Illinois Youth Soccer - Youth Module discount. Course fees are non-refundable!!!  We will credit your fees already paid towards the next Coaching Education Program Course that you attend.


COURSE                                DURATION                              COURSE FEE 

‘E' CERTIFICATE                   18 HOURS - 2 DAYS                         $150 

‘D' LICENSE                           36 HOURS - 4 DAYS                         $200 

Illinois Youth Soccer affiliated, currently registered coaches must submit a copy of their current coach's pass with their course application to be eligible for a $25 Illinois Youth Soccer E-D Course discount. Course fees are non-refundable!!!  We will credit your fees already paid towards the next Coaching Education Program Course that you attend.



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1. Lightning Rule- NO game or practice until 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder.

2. Stay in cars or walled buildings. Pavilions DO NOT protect against lightning.

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