Coaching Resources


Welcome to the Coaches Corner!  It is SAC’s goal to provide its coaches with the education and resources they will need to grow with its programs.


SAC Resources


Junior Academy Resources
Junior Academy (U6) Lesson Plans

Rec/Select Resources
Player Development Framework, 8 Practice Sessions & Common Formations for each age group.
SAC Grassroots Roadmap – 5v5
SAC Grassroots Roadmap – 7v7
SAC Grassroots Roadmap – 9v9
SAC Grassroots Roadmap – 11v11

Travel Resources
SAC Travel Player Development Model
SAC Travel Player Job Descriptions

Additional Coaching Education Lessons
Dribbling/Running with the ball  Age Level: U7-U10 | Diagram 1 | Diagram 2 | Diagram 3
Turning with the ball  Age Level: U5-U10
Turning in 1 vs 1 situations  Age Level: U5-U10
Short Passing & Receiving  Age Level: U10
Finishing  Age Level: U12

Club Coaching Manuals
SAC’s coaching manuals were created by it’s Director of Soccer Technical Operations to provide new or experienced coaches with age-appropriate activities and help them develop a full training session.
U8 Coaching Manual
U10 Coaching Manual
U12 Coaching Manual
U14 Coaching Manual

John Ellinger, Technical Director – Articles
“Great Soccer Minds: Q & A With John Ellinger”
Interview conducted by Kyle Bennett, presented by SoccerYanks.com
John Ellinger’s Favorite Practices With Three Teams


US Youth Soccer Resources


Coaching Manuals
US Youth Soccer Manuals were created by the US Youth Soccer Coaching Department to provide age-specific practice activity guides. These guides will give coaches an idea of what should be covered throughout a season while highlighting activities that focus on development in a low-stress, fun-filled environment.
The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual
How To Prepare a Training Session
Lesson Plans by Age Group

General Resources
First-Time Coaches
Rules of the Game
Video Clips
Coaching Articles
Continuing Education

US Youth Soccer Workshop
Teaching Proper Heading Technique
TOPSoccer Training Activities


American Safety & Health Institute Resources