Coach Resources

VUFC supports CSA and BC Soccer efforts to implement Long Term Player Development (LTPD) principles. Here are some great resources for coaches:

Coach's Toolkits:   Active Start   |     Fundamentals    |     Learn to Train

The CSA Wellness to World Cup document is here.

Coach Pathway: BC Soccer has a clear roadmap showing coach pathways available. You can see it here: Coach pathway 

The Responsible Coach document is here

(Note: You can also see Player pathway and Referee pathway info by clicking on the links)

 Small Sided Games Manual: BC Soccer Small-Sided Soccer Development Manual


 FIFA 11+

The club believes strongly that the FIFA 11+ warm-up is an excellent way to prevent player injuries and should be used by all U11 to U18 teams at the beginning of all training sessions and games. Here are some links to FIFA 11+ resources

 FIFA 11+ Poster Generic (3023 KB)

 FIFA 11+ Cards (5781 KB)

 FIFA 11+ Manual (4423 KB)


League resources

U11/U12 Retreat Line


VUFC U11-12 Practice Sessions

Download U11 sessions here

Download U12 sessions here

VUFC House League Coach Manual for U9-10 coaches

 Click here to download the U9-10 VUFC Coach Manual

LTPD Practice Plans for all VUFC teams

forward in terms of team and coach support via the Embedded Coaching program this season. By adopting the Collective Practice format that has been both popular and effective with our U11 and U12 gold teams the past three seasons for all our U9 to U18 teams, staff coaches will be able to have much more contact with all our teams.

Instead of a staff coach coming out 3 to 4 times and working with teams individually, staff coaches will be out with teams that train at the same time and field up to twelve times. Additionally, practice plans for those sessions will be circulated well ahead of time so that everyone knows what the plan for the evening is. Each of those sessions will look like this: the teams will all start in their own part of the field with a FIFA 11+ warmup (this will be demonstrated by the staff coach the first night they are out with the teams and then they will be left to do this on their own for 7-10 minutes). Teams will then all come to the middle of the field and the staff coach will run through the first two (generally) activities in the practice showing coaches the basic organization of the activity and running through the coaching points while using players to demonstrate the actual drill or game Teams then go back to their part of the field and coaches run the session themselves with their team. The staff coach then circulates between the teams making sure it's going smoothly, offering advice to the coaches on when to make coaching points. 

The staff coach will call the teams back in to the middle of the field for demonstrations of subsequent parts of the training session as necessary. Generally teams will gather centrally twice during the session so time is used efficiently but if the staff coach feels it's necessary to pull the players and coaches in more than that (eg. complicated training session that has several activities or activities with multiple progressions or if the players and/or coaches are simply not understanding the activities and need them explained more/better). To facilitate ensuring all our teams have access not just to staff coaches but to a full season's worth of age appropriate LTPD practice plans, David, John, Nick and myself (Gregor) have curated LTPD approved practice plans for all our age groups. They are available via the links below. We strongly encourage you to take some time to read through them and use them in your sessions. The idea is to repeat them over the course of the season. As I've said many times, players and coaches benefit from repetition in their training sessions. It reinforces the age-appropriate material for the players and lets the coaches get more comfortable with the sessions as they lead them more and more. Your staff coach will try to give you a schedule showing which practice plan they are going to use (they will generally pick from the ones you are provided) so you don't end up using the same practice plan back to back.

Here are the practice plans (downloadable either from DropBox, Box or from a .zip file)

VUFC U5-U8 Practice Plans (Active Start Program): Download here
VUFC U9-10 Practice Plans: Download here
VUFC U11-12 Practice Plans: Download here
VUFC U13-U14 Practice Plans : Download  here
VUFC U15-16 Practice Plans: Download here
VUFC U17-18 Practice Plans: Download here

Goalkeeping Resources

Simon Smith Goalkeeping clinic videos (2013)BCSA hosted two sessions with English FA national team goalkeeper coach Simon Smith recently. They were really worth attending. Until you work with an accomplished goalkeeper coach you are really unaware of the detail that goes into proper form when shot stopping, setting yourself to make a save and handling crosses. BCSA and Simon were kind enough to allow me to post the short videos I took on my phone on our website. While you won't get all the coaching points that Simon was making while the players were working you will get some very practical goalkeeper drills and be able to see good form from the young keepers. You can get all the video clips here

LTPD Goalkeeper Training manuals:

On the heels of the creation of the Stage 3 Club Development Manual, the Soccer Development Department of BC Soccer is happy to release  positional specific Goalkeeping Club Development Manuals for Stages 1-3 and 4-7 of the Canadian Soccer Associations Wellness to World Cup Long Term Player Development.

These Goalkeeping Club Development Manuals has been created to provide member clubs within British Columbia a roadmap to responsible and beneficial age appropriate and positional specific development programming for all stages of LTPD.

Goalkeeping Club Development Manual Stage 1-3 can be found here.

Goalkeeping Club Development Manual Stage 4-7 can be found here.

The following are key components and guidelines to the implementation of these responsible and effective development practices within these stages of development.

  1. Technical Leadership
  2. Program Creation and Execution
  3. Role of the Goalkeeper Coach
  4. Goalkeeper Curriculum

These manuals can be forwarded to both your Goalkeeper development staff and team coaches within your clubs to assist with the development of your clubs goalkeeping program and goalkeepers overall. 

Additional Resources

4-3-3 Animation

Great animated graphic showing how a 4-3-3 should look when in possession of the ball. Click hereScottish FA 4v4 Training Plans for U9-U12This is an excellent collection of training sessions, suitable for U9 to U12 based around 4v4 games put out by the Scottish FA. What Scotland currently lack in terms of excellence on the field they are making up for in coaching development. Download here.