Resources and Tools Every Soccer Coach Should Know

Looking for places to go to improve? We sur­veyed a group of our soc­cer coach­es to find out where they go to get bet­ter. Check out our top five. 

Resources and Tools Every Soccer Coach Should Know

Looking for places to go to improve? We sur­veyed a group of our soc­cer coach­es to find out where they go to get bet­ter. Check out our top five. 

In any sport, you are always look­ing for ways to improve. Whether you’re an ath­lete or a coach, there are count­less resources out there on the inter­net for you to ref­er­ence, but how do you find them?

We sur­veyed a group of our coach­es to find out where they go to keep up with the lat­est trends with­in the sport of soc­cer. Here are five of the best coach­ing resources you need to know as you get ready for the upcom­ing season.

USC

For 75 years, the United Soccer Coaches have helped grow gen­er­a­tions of soc­cer coach­es, and they’ve brought that insight into the dig­i­tal age. With their online coach­ing, USC offers a com­pre­hen­sive yet focused cur­ricu­lum inclu­sive of all coach­es at all lev­els of the game.”

USC offers online cours­es for coach­es across the coun­try to become cer­ti­fied in all aspects of the game. From the prin­ci­ples of attack­ing and defend­ing to a course on play­ing like a European club cham­pi­on — it’s a one stop shop for every­thing coaching.

Check out their web­site for more details and find a course that’s right for you.

The Coaching Manual

We part­ner with The Coaching Manual to help bring pre­mi­um coach­ing con­tent to our grass­roots com­mu­ni­ty in the UK. They have loads of valu­able blog con­tent with intro­duc­tions to cer­tain for­ma­tions and tac­tics in addi­tion to their pre­mi­um video con­tent — where they part­ner with clubs like Southampton FC — to help edu­cate their com­mu­ni­ty of over 50,000 people. 

Here is just a taste at some of the con­tent they pro­vide their community.

This is a sub­scrip­tion based ser­vice, so assess the pack­age that is right for your team before sign­ing up. With your Hudl sub­scrip­tion, you also get 25% off of your sub­scrip­tion to The Coaching Manual when you sign up.

As a bonus, we’re offer­ing all cur­rent mem­bers of The Coaching Manual a 25% dis­count on their Hudl sub­scrip­tion when they sign up. If you have ques­tions, reach out to our sales team for more information. 

US Soccer Digital Coaching Center

For licens­es to coach at cer­tain lev­els, coach­es turn to the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center, but they also offer cours­es for the par­ent coach in all of us. They have a free two-hour video course, com­plete­ly online, so you can famil­iar­ize your­self with the game. 

If you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more spe­cif­ic, sign up for an account for free to access their resources page — which fea­tures play­er devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives and much more. Sign up for a U.S. Soccer coach­ing course that they admin­is­ter, or for a $25 annu­al sub­scrip­tion, you can get access to train­ing exer­cis­es and ses­sion out­lines to imple­ment with your team. 

Nike Academy Preseason

One of our per­son­al favorites, the Nike Academy has tak­en train­ing dig­i­tal. Their videos, with soc­cer spe­cif­ic drills for all age groups, are some of the best on the inter­net. Check out this video to see for yourself.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out their web­site here and try some of the drills with your team at your next train­ing session.

1x1 Sport

This is your one stop shop for soc­cer systems/​formation edu­ca­tion, train­ing insights and strat­e­gy. Their web­site is full of down­load­able con­tent for an afford­able rate. If you’re into free con­tent their YouTube chan­nel might be just what you’re look­ing for. 

Their con­tent is served in mul­ti­ple lan­guages so view­ers from all over the world can take advan­tage of their valu­able insight. Here’s a per­son­al favorite on endurance train­ing for you and your team.

There are some of our favorites, but we know there are plen­ty more resources out there. Drop a com­ment down below and let oth­ers with­in the com­mu­ni­ty know where they can go to improve.