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Individual and Team Equipment
for Training Sessions and Games

Individual Equipment

From Day One, coaches should insist that players (and parents) be responsible for bringing the following items to all soccer games and training sessions:




Water bottle


Small equipment/travel bag

Team Equipment

The following team equipment items are listed more or less in order of importance:

  1. Coach's first-aid kit
  2. Cell phone
    (For medical emrgencies and "I'm late/I'm lost" calls. You can get one for about $11/month from AAA.)
  3. Medical release forms
    (Keep them in a ziplock bag at all games, practices, tournaments, etc., along with other official paperwork, such as rosters and player passes, where appropriate.)
  4. Balls
    (Use #3, 4, or 5 depending on what your league uses. Coach should carry a #5 for demonstration purposes. Many activities will require one ball for each player.)
  5. Ball pump
    (with needle attached to flexible tubing so kids can use it without breaking needles.)
  6. Net ball bag
  7. Pinnies, practice bibs or tank tops
    (to distinguish one group of players from another during drills, small-sided games, etc.); you can make your own
  8. cones
    a couple of dozen 7" flat cones in a variety of colors to mark areas; eight 11" flat cones for corners, small goals, and shooting targets. Don't buy taller lightweight rigid cones; they are easily knocked over and can cause injury.
  9. GK gloves and jersey
    the latter must be a different color than the players' jerseys. Pinnies are a nice substitute for the jersey, especially for younger players where GK changes during games are more frequent.
  10. Clipboard/dry erase board with soccer field on the back. Large magnetic board (commercial or recycled dryer door) with small magnets simulating players give an even clearer picture.
  11. Office supplies
    Dry erase markers, pencils, pens, index cards, plain paper, computer printouts for easy reference to training session plans, game lineups, tactical ideas. Peel-apart clear plastic sheets available at office supply stores allow you to laminate essential paperwork for rainy days.
  12. Large equipment bag
  13. Hair elastics (for making pony tails)
  14. Watch with stopwatch feature
    to keep training session, pregame acticities, and game substitutions on schedule.
  15. Whistle
    in case a volunteer referee is needed on game day (but don't use it for training sessions)
  16. Velcro strips
    for attaching nets to goal
  17. Duct tape
    to repair shoes, hold up socks, etc., but not for attaching nets to goal. They're too easily damaged.
  18. Corner flag
    for corners and adjustable width small-sided goals and gates. Start with four; eight is even better. Avoid the kind with 1/4" multiple-bend steel points that are friction fit into thin PVC pipe. They come loose, get lost, and destroy lawnmower blades . . . or worse. Consider making your own.
  19. PUGG goals
    Lightweight, easy to set up, collapse to fit into your trunk. A step up from large cones for small-sided goals at a modest cost.
  20. Coerver goal
    a portable goal that can be shot at from either side. Where practice field goals are permanently located, the full-sized version can create a shorter field for small-sided games with goalies. A good long-term investment.
  21. Nets
    for scrimmages and shooting games
A portable rebound surface made of 2 X 12s or plywood is highly recommended for individual training at home and can be used for occasional team training if you have access to a pickup truck. Updated 2 April 1999
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