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 ''If you want your 8-year-olds to win tomorrow, you're going to address that group differently than if you say, 'I want my 8-year-old to win when he's 18 years old.'''   -- Bob Jenkins, U.S. Soccer's Director of Coaching Education


  • Be your child's best fan and support him/her unconditionally.

  • When you take your child home after a match or training session, please be supportive and always focus on the positive aspects of his/her game.

  • Develop a responsibility in your child to pack her own kit, clean her/his boots and take a drink bottle (full of water only) to practice and games.

  • Respect the facilities at our opponents’ grounds and at at our own home grounds.

  • Do not criticize your child’s coach to your child or other parents. If you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach. Do not speak to the coach directly after a game, wait until the next day or at training. 

  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can’t attend training etc. encourage her to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.

  • Help your child to focus on the performance and not the result. Remember - winning is not as important as the performance.

  • Support all the players in your child's squad. Do not criticize anyone. Remember – children don’t mean to make mistakes.

  • Do not criticize the opponents, their parents or their officials.

  • Never audibly dispute a referee’s decision. They will make mistakes occasionally. We all do. If you abuse or shout at the referee you are breaking the rules of the game and risk generating a yellow/red card for the coach/team. 

  • Parents/caregivers must not coach from the touchline during matches or training. Leave this to the manager/coach or you may cause confusion and erode your child’s confidence.  Instead give praise such as "good pass", "great hussle", good teamwork".

  • Parents/caregivers must not enter the field of play.

Ideas for parents to help your player's developement...

Play soccer with your child.  Kids learn by "doing", and it is critical that kids (and their soccer parents) find time to play with a soccer ball as much as possible.  Just a few minutes whenever you can, passing the ball back and forth and dribbling, will greatly improve their ability to pass, receive, and control the ball.

Ages U5-U8 use size 3 ball,  U9-U12 use size 4 ball,  U13 and up size 5 ball.

Set up orange practice cones and goals for the yard.  Orange practice cones (or whatever safe objects you have laying around the house) can be used for fun practice drills in the backyard.  Buying or making a small soccer goal can also be fun and will definitely get their attention.  Some ideas for making a goal include two chairs separated from each other (the size does not make a difference), two poles, a square clothes basket on its side (a personal favorite), or a cardboard box. 

Attend the soccer games and practices.  Listen to the coaches and learn the game from them.  Don't be afraid to ask the coaches if you have a question.

Put a game on TV.  It's the next best thing to being there!

Remember...club practices and games are not enough...camps that specialize in skills and techinque are very necessary for your player to keep up with the competitive level of soccer.  Check the LUFC homepage for a listing of camps or check with your team coach/manager.