For age groups (U6-U9), you don’t have to be experienced to be a Coach.  If you are enthusiastic, responsible, a good organiser, the Club will provide you with the resources to become a successful Coach. Ashfield Pirates will be conducting Youth coaching courses prior to the commencement of the season. This will ensure you have the best information possible to be able to coach with the latest techniques possible.  

1. Pre-season:
Organise a weekly training session for the season. For the U6 to U12 age groups, one-hour sessions once a week are ideal.  Best time for training is from 4.30pm onwards on a weekday.  Training days are on Tuesday and Thursday. 

2. During the season:

Check the APFC website for wet weather updates and field closures.  

For training:

·         Bring a first aid kit, bibs, balls, witches hats, pop-up goals, Agility poles and ladder.  

·         Plan the structure of your session on paper before each session.  

·         Encourage 100% player attendance and make training enjoyable and competitive.  

·         Encourage assistance by parents.  For the younger age groups, you need an assistant or a Manager!     

For matches:

·         You will be provided with contact details for last minute updates on games  

·         Bring your APFC kit Bag with your match ball, goalie shirt and gloves, first aid kit and a whistle.  

·         Organise a roster for half/part games to ensure each player has equal time off the field. Frequent interchange is allowed up to and including U12’s to ensure all players participate equally.  

·         Determine each player’s playing positions. During the season, players in the U6-U10 age groups may be rotated through all the playing positions including the goalkeeper’s position. For U11 & U12, players will tend to settle into specific positions and this should be encouraged. Always maintain a balance between positional rotation and team performance  

·         Determine the game tactics.

3. At the end of the season:  

*Must provide the Club with Coaches Reports for your team. 

·         Make playing soccer fun, with plenty of encouragement and be positive!  

·         Be a knowledgeable coach!  Read and talk about football with other coaches.  Attend coaching clinics and courses.  

·         Respect the opposing team and referees, whether you approve of their actions or not.  

·         Support your team Manager as required and maintain a happy team!  

·         Always encourage your team to play to its best ability and take a balanced approach to winning.