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Coaches Corner

Welcome to the Coaches Corner.  Please find the appropriate materials below:

Fall 2017 Practice Schedule and Field Maps


1) Coaches handbook for Divisions 3/4
2) Coaches handbook for Divisions 5/6 

3) Key exercises for Divisions 7/8 

4) Scrimmage Format Table - Quick reference to understand what format each division should be playing:




5) Description of scrimmage rules in each age group:

Division 3/4 - Multiball Scrimmage
Group is divided into to two teams and each assigned a goal at opposite ends of the field. You will need a coach/parent playing in goal for each team.
Each side is given multiple balls to start the game. Ratio of one ball for every two/three players
Each side will attempt to score on the opposing goal.
Players that do not have a ball are encouraged to take a ball from an opposing player and score for their team. Players that do have a ball try to score in the opposing teams goal.
After a goal is scored the ball is rotated back into the game by the coach and given to the team they are in goal for. This is a continuous game with no restarts.
If the ball is played out of bounds it can simply be rolled back into the field by a parent/coach
Players should be encouraged to score goals & prevent the opposing team from scoring.
Division 5/6 - 4v4 Modified Scrimmage
Each team plays with four field players. Neither team will play with GK. Coaches can be on the field guiding/coaching players throughout the game.
The four players are arranged into a diamond shape
One team starts with the ball at the center of the field and both teams play to score in the opposing goal
If the ball is played out of bounds the coach can simply roll the ball back into play. Before rolling the ball back onto the field the coach should re-arrange the players into their diamond formation as the team loses shape.
If a goal is scored the game will restart with a “kick off” at the center of the field. Possession will start with the team that was just scored upon. Ball can be played backward.
Players not participating are rotated into the game every three/four minutes.
Division 7/8 - 6v6 Modified Scrimmage
Each team plays with one goal keeper and five field players. Coaches can be on the field guiding/coaching players throughout the game.
Each team must respect the Retreat Line. Please see full descriptin of Retreat Rule. GK can not punt the ball
If the ball is played out of bounds by a team on the side line, the opposite team will be allowed to “kick in” from the side line.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds over their own end line, the opposing team will take a “corner kick”
If there is a foul inside the goal keeper box, the opposing team will take possession of the ball as a direct free kick just outside the GK area. There are no Penalty Kicks.
All obvious “off sides” will be called by the referee. Players should be coached not to “cherry pick” and try as much as possible to start from an “on side” position.
If a goal is scored the game will restart with a “kick off” at the center of the field. Possession will start with the team that was just scored upon. Ball can be played backward.
Division 9/10 - 7v7 Regular Scrimmage
Each team plays with one goal keeper and six field players. Coaches will be on the side line guiding/coaching players throughout the game.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds on the side line the opposite team will be allowed to “throw in” from the side line.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds over the end line on the opponents half, the opposing team will take a “goal kick” from the edge of the 6 yard box.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds over their own end line, the opposing team will take a “corner kick”
If GK has possession of the ball in their hands they can throw or punt the ball from inside the 18 yard box.
If a player intentionally heads the ball the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the same position.
Division 11/12 - 8v8 Regular Scrimmage
Each team plays with one goal keeper and seven field players. Coaches will be on the side line guiding/coaching players throughout the game.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds on the side line the opposite team will be allowed to “throw in” from the side line.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds on the end line on the opponents half, the opposing team will take a “goal kick” from the edge of the 6 yard box.
If a team plays the ball out of bounds over their own end line, the opposing team will take a “corner kick”
If GK has possession of the ball in their hands they can throw or punt the ball from inside the 18 yard box.
 
6) Explanation of the Retreat Line

Retreat Rule for Division 7/8:
A special rule concerning goal kicks and goalkeeper possession is in effect for the 7/8 Division.
When a team is taking a goal kick or the goalkeeper has the ball in his/her arms after making a save the opposing team members must "retreat" behind the halfway line of the field.
Goal Kick: On goal kicks the opposing team will move behind the "retreat" line and be unable to challenge for the ball until the ball is kicked by the GK or one of his/her teammates and exits the penalty area, and then it needs to be touched by another teammate of the GK and only then can the attacking team players cross the "retreat" line and challenge the ball. There is no restriction on the team taking the goal kick from going into the opponent’s half. This will have a double effect: it allows the goalkeeper to take a kick without pressure and it allows the receiving player time to decide the next move.
Goalie Possession: When the goalkeeper has possession of the ball in his/her hands, the other team must retreat over the "retreat" line allowing the goalkeeper to throw or drop kick the ball into play. Similar to a goal kick, the ball must be touched by a teammate of the GK before the attacking team players can cross the "retreat" line and challenge the ball. If the goalkeeper chooses not to wait for the opposing players to "retreat" and throws or passes the ball down the field, the ball is instantly in play and does not require a player from the goalkeeper’s team to touch the ball first.

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