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 I Warm-Up   Diagonal Alternating Touches and Speed
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Intensity: Moderate

Stage-II Triangular Passing, Receiving, and Shooting


Triangular Passing, Receiving, and Shooting   Stage II
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Intensity: Low

Stage-III Expanded Activity - 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 Defender Attacker Goalie


Defender Attacker Goalie   Stage III
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Intensity: High
  • Intervals: 30

Stage-IV 7v7 Game - Half Field 2 Full Sized Goals


7v7 Scrimmage Game   Stage IV
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Intensity: High

Stage-V Static Stretching (cool down)


  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Intensity: Low

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