U.S. Soccer released "est Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States a 70-page publication that serves as definitive player development guidelines for youth soccer coaches. These "Best Practices" represent a series of recommendations compiled by U.S. Soccer in conjunction with the U.S. Men's and Women's National Team coaching staffs. Ultimately, the document establishes a set of fundamental principles that should be considered by anyone coaching soccer. The starting point of these principles is that young soccer players require a certain amount of uninterrupted play and should be allowed the opportunity to experiment, succeed and fail.
The value of matches is that they provide youngsters with an opportunity to showcase their
newly acquired skill and creativity. It is always nice to win, however that should not be your
focus at the younger age groups (through 14 years).
The Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States is a must-read for all youth soccer coaches and parents alike.