West Side Soccer League believes that the best way for our players to learn is by playing the game. Guidance through training by qualified coaches is key to the kids' learning the game and how to solve problems creatively.
WSSL provides a variety of resources for its coaches.
Prior to the beginning of each season, AYSO certified coach trainers provide courses for coaches. The courses are by age group and are designed to help coaches understand age appropriate developmental tactics for engaging players in the game of soccer. Coaches are expected to stay current with their age level certification training. Please see the League Calendar for dates.
Incident Report Form
For any incident or accident on the field during a West Side Soccer League game or practice, related parties need to fill out an Incident Form. The form should be filled out by a Coach, Referee or other WSSL volunteer (like the Safety Director or Division Head) for any of the following:
- Incidents -- threats
- Incidents -- fighting -- any type
- Property damage
- Law enforcement summoned
Fantastic resources for every coach to use during practices. Designed to improve the skill level of all players and to faciliate a love of the game in an age appropriate way.
Coach Education Clinics
Each season, WSSL is committed to providing coaches with "feet on" training sessions with professional coaches. Sessions take place in an indoor gym on weekday evenings. See WSSL's Calendar for details. Clinics for coaches are offered by professional coaches in partnership with:
- The New York Red Bulls
- Manhattan Soccer Club (MSC)
- New York Futsal
New York Red Bulls Resources
The Red Bull Training Programs follow a researched and proven approach to player development. They operate a building block approach to PlayerDevelopment. At a young age mastery of the ball is vital for a child's future development. Players follow a path focused on technique and skill development, as competency increases, tactical elements are introduced. Within each building block, an extensive curriculum is offered. For more information click here.
- 15 Sample Activities from NYRB Training Curriculum (log in for more coming soon)
- 32 Training Skills Videos
- 61 Ball Mastery Videos
MSC Clinic Materials
WSSL's Head Coach Trainer recommends the following book for all WSSL coaches:
Developing Youth Soccer Players by Horst Wein (buy it on Amazon)