Coaches Corner

Welcome coaches,

Thank you for volunteering your time and giving the children in our community the opportunity to play soccer and work together as a team. Whether you have played soccer before or not, your contribution to these children is priceless.

About Coaching time:

This is a volunteer league so the times for practicing are up to each coach. As a coach we know your time is tight so the practices are up to you. Many coaches will make practice on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday but you can work it out in a way that works for your schedule. Practices start anywhere from 4:30 to 6:00; though, during the Fall season it gets dark earlier and earlier as the season continues.  Generally we have games on Saturday that start at one of three times in the morning: 9:00, 10:15 or 11:30. We do have a couple of games that will be scheduled on the weekdays, either Tuesday or Thursday at 5:30 as makes up games.

There are a few requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to coach a team in our league. Once these items have been completed a coach will be ready to receive their team rosters. These requirements are safety issues.

1. Each coach must now register with NMYSA. Just like children are registered for playing, coaches must create an account and register. This  allows us to connect you with a team and also to take care of a background check. This check is done by the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association through the registration system. All coaches must register, no exceptions. We can help with registration for coaches at the in person player registration dates if needed.

If you have already registered your child online to play in the league you will use the same login. This time you will go in and register yourself as coach. If you have not yet been in to the system click here to start,

If you have then login and select Register Now. Then select Recreational – COACH. You will add your information or add additional information that will be used for the background check. If you have questions about that please, let us know. In this account you can also upload the certificates that you will be getting to confirm you have completed them or you can send them to us at to upload. Once registered…. then move on to the certifications.

2a. Safe Sport Training:

On February 14, 2018, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse” and “Safe Sport Authorization Act” was signed into Federal law and became effective immediately.  The new law is comprehensive and requires adults interacting with amateur athletes to report abuse/suspected abuse – within 24 hours, for associations to create a mechanism for reporting abuse (free from retaliation) and for organizations to provide abuse prevention training among other things.  For more information on the new law, please review the Safe Sport Summary.  New Mexico Youth Soccer Association, (NMSYA), has also incorporated the new legislation into our Risk Management Program available at

What you need to know

For New Mexico Youth Soccer Coaches, beginning with the 2018/2019 season, you are required to complete the US Center for SafeSport online course, prior to registering and being approved to a team roster.  Once you have completed the online training courses, you will be prompted to print the completion certificate.  Please save a copy of the certificate as you will be required to upload the certificate to your registration record on the new NMYSA/LCSL registration platform.  The entire course is just over an hour so please take time over the next month to begin and complete the course, (all three phases).  Please click on the below link and use the access code provided to begin.

U.S. Soccer

Access Code


If you are new and have not done this training, it is made up of 3 sections that must completed. If have completed this training before there is a refresher course that can be taken.

In any case, please download the certificate you get from all courses and email to

Without these trainings we can not allow you to participate as a coach based on federal law.


2b. Concussion Training: Both state and national level soccer organizations now require coaches to be aware of the causes, symptoms and best practices in handling sports related concussions in youth athletics. This league requires each coach to take the free online training for concussion awareness. It only takes about 20-30 minutes. Once the training is complete you can save your certificate and upload it into your coach account or email a copy of the certificate to the league at

This training only has to be completed once every 2 years. You will need to create an account for CDC site if you have not already done so. If you have forgotten your login information you can request as reset at the login screen. If you have already done the training but don’t have your certificate, you should be able to login and download it from the CDC site.

CDC Information and training for coaches:

Use this link to go directly to the youth sports training site for the CDC HeadsUp program.

Coaches, please email your certificate to
         or upload to your coach account in the registration system. 

CDC Coach Fact Sheet


3. Play Soccer: Once you complete these items and the teams have been organized you will receive your team roster, setup a practice time and called your team members to invite them to practice. Team rosters will be handed out at a coaches meeting every season prior to the first week of practice.


There is some online training available for coaches and referees from NMYSA. Though these are not required they are educational and informative for both new and experienced coaches. Youth Module I is a free training and can be taken at your own speed and available time. Please email the league any copies of certificates you obtain so we can have them on file.

NMYSA Training Site

By: Bob Bigney / Technical Director New Mexico Youth Soccer Association – September 2017
Bob came up and gave a lot of great pointers during a coaches clinic and put together a little packet as a resource. Great place to start.

A few notes off of Bob’s instruction >  5 HINTS TO A SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE

1. Be Prepared – Arrive early to set up your practice / Have a plan for your practice

2. Get It Started Quickly  -Get your players moving as soon as they show for practice.  Use one player to demonstrate drills / Over The Top Praise / Use Key Words “FREEZE” / Home Base, use as a reset/ Simple Actions to Soccer Functions/ Separate Players from the balls when giving instruction

3. Hide The Learning In The Fun -Red Light , Green Light / Hand The Ball, Toss The Ball, Bring Back The Ball /Introduce Soccer Terms, Soccer Specifics

4. Make It Look Like Soccer– Soccer Players Have To Think For Themselves / Multiple Goal Drill, set up multiple”goals”, see how many goals they can score in time, then have them beat their personal best in time

5. Let Them Play – Set aside a portion of practice to let them scrimmage.

New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and Lincoln County Soccer League are transitioning to a new registration platform called US Soccer Connect.  US Soccer Connect is the United States Soccer Federation’s, USSF, registration platform that is being developed by Stack Sports/FKA Blue Star.  This new platform requires coaches to register to the system and complete a Risk Management Disclosure/Authorization.  Once registered coaches can then access their account to upload their required SafeSport certificate, CDC Concussion Certificate and Photo, (head Shot).    Going forward, CDC online Concussion Certificate will be good for 4 years and Safe Sport certificates for 2 years.  To register you will access the US Soccer Connect system through the website of the member league/club you are coaching with.

We truly appreciate all of the coaches who donate their time working with youth soccer players around the state.

Please click the following link(s) to open the attachment(s) and view details.

Coach Instructions for Registration.pdf
Law Enforcement phone numbers.pdf
Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017- US Youth Soccer Member Guide.pdf

A site for quick and easy understanding of the game and for coach support.
To go right to the drills for practices go to
This has easy to follow activities grouped by topic (passing, dribbling, etc.) with the appropriate age group.


U6 to U10 Coach Tips and Activities    -Some quick hints for coaches and some activities for multiple ages.
The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual    – If you are asking, “How do I do this?” then this is the manual for you. It has a lot of information on coaching to young children and at end of each chapter (grouped by age), there are some sample practice activities.


Another good source for training is the US Soccer Training site. They offer the USSF F License (Online Course) for 25$ that  can be taken at your own speed and available time. Again, please email the league any copies of certificates you obtain so we can have them on file.

US Soccer Training Site

New to coaching? Are you nervous? Need some help and ideas?
Feel free to ask fellow coaches and board members if you have questions. Every coach was new once. Here are some links to sites that may help coaches out. Also YOUTUBE is a great resources for finding out specific answers and giving good visuals on play strategies and techniques.


Guidelines for different ages and skills to be covered by the US Youth Soccer website.

Coach Manual for younger ages from US Youth Soccer

Coach Resource from US Youth Soccer

Other sites:
NMYSA Coaches Corner