Uniformity Across the CSC Membership |Coaches Manual

Having uniformity doesn’t mean that all soccer will look the same in all teams at all times. It does mean that the soccer community can be better aligned with CSC’s player development objectives and we can collectively and consistently develop players with a well-rounded competency both technically and tactically. A uniform framework also allows our coaches to provide consistent messaging and education for parents, players, coaches and referees. Coaches should be creative and add their personality into their teams all within the guidelines and structure of the clubs vision and development model.

The ‘Common Thread’ for our Teams


We have a distinct style of play across the entire club. As a club, we strive to complete the large majority of passes on the ground, which develops players technically. Passing the ball on the ground with pace from different distances and receiving the ball while keeping it moving will be encouraged in all age groups.

  • When under pressure and facing your own goal, play the way you face and move in three steps to create a new pass
  • Play through the lines of your and opponents teams when possible, look to go forward when you can
  • The game is a big “Rhondo” possession game with jokers moving within the group to create numerical overloads and to support the ball.
  • Make the game big whenever you can.
  • Take your space and commit defenders then pass once they’re out of position unless a teammate is available in a better position/situation than you.
  • From U10-U19 all teams should be playing out from the back (use the build out line in training if needed)
  • All teams must feel comfortable playing the ball from the back through the midfield and from there to the final quarter of the field.
  • All teams must try to keep possession of the ball. Players will be encouraged to support and move, thus creating passing options.
  • When we have the ball, look to play forward, however, if you don’t like what you see, keep the ball in the team.
  • U8-U14 all players should receive technical training designed for a #6, #8, and #10 (CDM/CM/CAM)
  • Every player should have opportunities to play CM (as athleticism allows).
  • When we have the ball, create space on the field.


  • When the opponents have the ball, condense spaces on the field.
  • 5 Second Rule: When possession is lost, players must react quickly and apply pressure to regain the ball. Once possession is regained, players will be positioned immediately to counter-attack.
  • Teams should have cues that they are looking for to apply pressure on the ball. Defending and applying pressure in small groups of 3-6 players.
  • Keepers should be used as a sweeper and come out of the penalty area when the ball is on the other half of the field. Keepers must defend the space behind the back line.


When we step on the field, we play to win the game. We win as a team, we lose as a team.

  • Encourage players to play with flair, creativity and confidence.
  • Respect, don’t fear your opponent.
  • Accept the referee’s decisions.
  • Play within the team concept.
  • Communicate with your teammates.
  • Coach each other on the field.
  • We control the pace of the game.
  • Keep the team connected, don’t get too stretched out.
  • Constructive criticism is part of development.


Goal Kicks

  • Goal kicks should be taken quickly and played short if it is on. Players must be encouraged to play out from the back starting at a very young age.
  • If it is not on to play short, teams should ‘tuck in’ and shift to one side where they can compete for the second ball.
  • Coaches need to provide positive and constructive feedback to players. Starting positions, angles and what is option one, two, three and so on.
  • Give them the confidence to play in front of goal where they are numbers up.
  • Provoke a reaction by dribbling out of the back, sucking opponents out of their defensive shape.
  • Communicate the plan to implement this with your parents. Let them know what to expect and why it is crucial for a youth team to play in this way.


  • These can vary between short and long. Mixing the two into each game will keep your players focused and will catch opponents off guard.
  • Play quickly, be sharp and try to catch opponents by surprise on the first corner of each match.

Free Kicks

  • Set the ball down and play quickly. Do not allow your players to all run away from the spot of the kick hoping a long ball falls to their feet. Support the ball and play.
  • If the free kick can be hit into the opponents penalty area then it is on to do so, trying to create a chance on goal.

Player Development

First and foremost youth soccer is a sport that players should experience and enjoy as a game with a focus on individual experimentation and development. Corvallis SC encourages creating soccer environments that will help promote the players’ lifelong love of the sport. These environments should allow for the creativity, spontaneity and experimentation that the game of soccer naturally encourages. Too often, children are put into situations where development is secondary to winning, which leads to burnout and stifles individual skill development. We believe that a player’s development is enhanced when the short-term goals of a coach are pursued within the perspective of the player’s long-term needs.