TED

TED Talks!?
Yes. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
We pick TED talks that we believe can help you in our world of youth soccer.

Here are the SFYS weekly recommended TED talks.

2018 Spring season
Week 1 – How to raise successful kids without over parenting. As volunteer coaches we act like parents. We are eager to teach the kids and have an idea of what we want them to be, but maybe they don’t end up the way we want. Is that so bad? In this TED talk Julie talks about the diversity of each child. Some structure is great, but as coaches a little freedom to let them make decisions and encoragment will benefit everyone, because ultimatly it is them on the field and not you.

Week 2 – Success is a continuous journey.  As a team you strive to get better every game. You eventually get to the top level in your age bracket and think you have made it. You are the best in the league and slowly drop in form, teams that you won against now are tieing you. What happened? Success is a continuing process that never stops. Striving for improvement is the benchmark for being succesful.

Week 3 – Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. A few weeks into the season now and coaches have seen who picks things up quickly and who doesn’t. Maybe some are just naturally talented others not so much. Everyone needs attention not just the best players, but even more importantly the worst players. Remind them to never give up because as a team you need all your players not just the best ones.

Week 4 – Play is more than fun, it is vital. Young children learn through play! Not only does it help with physical skills, but it develops problem solving skills and explorartion. Remember to make your practices FUN! Not only will kids absorb each skill at a faster rate, but it will improve their quality of life.


Week 5 – Every kid needs a champion. Young children need guidance and need someone to look up to even if they dont think so at the time. Being there for your players and being positive makes the difference between players coming back next season or not. If they miss tons of shots and finally make a goal praise the goal and encourage repeat shots like that. Be a figure in their lives that motivates them not shames them.

Week 6 – Rise of women. Young girls and women are participating in more sports and getting into schools at higher rates than boys now a days. Young women are striving to get into higher education and higher level sports programs. As a girls coach strive to encourage them into more sport and indirectly coach life skills to give them motivation to seek those high level eduaction platforms and sports teams. Its not just boys that should be encouraged to play, but anyone.

Week 7 – To raise brave girls, encourage adventureThis week we will continue to focus on women empowerment. Young girls need confidence, courage, resilience and a good way to teach that is through sport. Boys and girls at a young age are alike physically, however girls are mentally mature and can absorb what they are taught at a faster rate. Girls shouldn’t be taught to be scared or timid toward a soccer ball in the same way boys shouldn’t be told not to clean dishes. Girls need to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, which in turn gives them confidence and courage to tackle obstacles in life.

Week 8 – Argentina’s blind soccer team became champions! There will be times during the season where your teams feels disappointed and has given up on ever winning a game this season. Remember that it is never a lost cause. There will always be adversity, but strive to improve and dont give up. Challenge your players to focus on the game ahead.

Week 9 – What soccer can teach us about freedom! For Marc Bamuthi soccer was a way to express himself and have a sense of freedom in his daily life. Soccer became the instrument in which he was able to feel himself. The enviroment and passion he felt during games made him play harder. If we can show our kids that soccer is an anvenue for them to express themselves and feel like they can do anything that feeling can translate to all aspects of thier life.

Week 10 – Want kids to learn well, feed them well. The saying “we are what we eat” rings true for everyone especially for kids. It is important to feed our players properly before practice as well as before games. A hungry child will be less likely to be listening to coach and more likely to listen to his stomach. They will not absorb the info at practice and hence be less likely to use that during games.

2017 Fall Season

Week 1 – Play is more fun than vital.  What better way to start the season than with a thought provoking TED with regards to the importance of play. Our players come to practice to PLAY, and Stuart Brown highlights how vital play is for them. Embrace this, along with the GOTW and be ready for a flying start to the season!

Week 2 – 3 Ways to teach.All too often you hear the coach yell at the player who just gave the ball away or gave up a silly goal. Why? The poor kid knows they made the mistake, but your role as a coach is to coach the mistake. Stop yelling!

Week 3 – Asking for help is not a weakness! How many of your players are comfortable with asking for help? How many would rather do it wrong than ask? Perhaps the environment you create is designed for guided discovery, but making mistakes is different to doing it ‘wrong’ whereby the player loses confidence. Encourage players to ask questions!

Week 4 – Difference between success and winning. This season we are having some issues with the mercy rule and teams getting blown out at prep and recreational levels. Now is an appropriate time to share the John Wooden talk about the difference in Winning and Succeeding. You can always find success in your games and practices. How do you identify the positives and successes? How much do you focus on the winning instead?

Week 5 – Every kid needs a champion. Kids learn from the people they like! Much like you and I. If I don’t like you, I am probably not going to listen as much as I would with someone I like / respect. How warm are you to the players, how much care do you show? Do you ask them about life beyond practice / school / friends / other sports? Personal attention at each practice – can you coach each individual or give each player some positive feedback? These are simple steps you can take to be the champion for each player will not only help them feel comfortable and accepted, but can go a long way to encouraging them to be life long players of the game due to the champion they had when they were younger.

Week 6 – Kids can teach adults too. Adults can learn a lot from kids, if they just ask. Hence the question of how involved are your players? At practice, do you ask them about the game? What do they think they did good? Do you then ask them what they should practice? Most of you are parents first and no doubt have the ability to manipulate a conversation toward what your practice plan is, anyway, but allowing your players to give feedback may also help you understand what they see and how they feel. This could change your perspective on the game or practice, but either way it should help remind you that it is about the players.

Week 7 – Tinkering school in Action. Much along the lines from last week, we ask if you can give the players control. No, you don’t have to give them the cones, goals, balls, and let them run wild. You could and that would be amazing (if you do, send pictures and video to info@sfyouthsoccer.com), however you can simply apply the SSG’s from the GOTW plans to put the players in challenging situations in which they can figure out the solutions. The long lasting effect of an individual successfully problem solving far outweigh the results of success from being told what to do.

Week 8 – How kids teach themselves. They absolutely can if you create the environment in which they can thrive. It doesn’t mean you put them in the GOTW and step back to admire them learning everything they need, but it means the environment is challenging and creating problems that they can start to solve. Numbers up games are excellent for this – 3v2, as an example. What did the player do? How could they do it differently? How can they win the game? E.G. create overloads and attack one defender with two attackers – they can figure this out with the correct questioning!

Week 9 – 3 Rules to Spark Learning.Spark it and watch them go crazy! See how they challenge themselves, surprise you and engage with each other to solve the problem and enjoy the process. Soccer can be incredibly rewarding because solving the problem is to score a goal. Solving the problem over and over leads to more goals and to winning, which we all love to do!

Week 10 – Teach teachers how to create magic.What isn’t to love about the magic created in an environment that welcomes, engages, and challenges your players?