As we go through the soccer fields on any given day in any given youth soccer team training or game we will notice youth soccer coaches making mistakes that affect their coaching and their team's play as well as soccer life. Youth soccer coaches in America are volunteers for the most part and for the majority their soccer education is maxed out after they receive their basic certification. Keep in mind that not every club/organization mandates their coaches to receive the basic US Soccer certification, and the ones that do remember that the basic certification only covers up to a certain age. So if a volunteer coaches keeps coaching his/her team past that age additional certification is required. Besides the certifications to help coaching with the different age groups other certifications are recommended as the game of soccer is continually evolving and the coaching techniques are constantly changing.
For example a coach may take workshops and certifications that are relevant to his/her style of play. If a coach is teaching a possession style of play he/she may want to attend a small sided game work shop and earn a small sided game certification. If a coach has his/her team train in a futsal enviroment he/she should attend a futsal workshop and earn a futsal training certificate.
These are some examples of how youth soccer coaches can help themselves as well as their teams to have a more positive soccer experience eliminating some mistakes. Please watch video to see more common mistakes.