Soccer Tryouts - Player Evaluations and Training Sessions
Who should coach a tryout?
Tryouts provide an opportunity for both coach and player to get to know each other.
I believe the head and assistant coaches should conduct the tryout session(s) rather than
stand on the sidelines.
What should a tryout session consist of?
In my opinion a tryout should be the same as any other normal practice or formal training session. You
need a warm-up, technical footwork, small group activity or 1v1 game, and an expanded game in the end (5v5 or more).
How long should a tryout be?
Schedule 2-3 hours depending on the age group, this includes 30 minutes prior and after the training session, for example:
- 2:00pm-2:30pm Check-in and Welcome
- 2:30pm-4:30pm Formal Training Session
- 4:30pm-5:00pm Questions and Clean-up
Stage-I Warm-Up Diagonal Alternating Touches and Speed
Stage-II Triangular Passing, Receiving, and Shooting
Stage-III Expanded Activity - 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 Defender Attacker Goalie
Stage-IV 7v7 Game - Half Field 2 Full Sized Goals
Stage-V Static Stretching (cool down)
- Duration: 10 minutes
- Intensity: Low