Following a Pregame Routine with Your Junior Football Team

Part of Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

A good pregame routine helps set the tone for a safe and fun-filled day of soccer. Keep these tips in mind before the game begins.

  • Inspect the pitch for loose rocks, broken glass, raised sprinkler heads, or anything else that could injure a child.

  • Verify that all the kids brought the proper equipment.

  • Have the kids warm up. Keep the drills light, cover all the muscle groups that will be used in the game, and involve a large number of soccer skills to properly prepare kids for the game.

  • Give the kids a toilet break before the game begins.

  • Provide encouraging words and a pat on the back to boost kids’ confidence and enhance self-esteem.