Coaches' Corner

Welcome to the NMYSA Coaches' Corner where you will find many useful coaching resources. This page is designed as a portal to many of those resources. Here you will find lesson plans and links to coaching websites and soccer blogs.  Also included is a section highlighting activities for virtual and small group trainings where social distancing and COVID-19 safe practices can be adhered to.

NMYSA Technical Director Social Distancing Activities Slideshow (May 2020) (Virtual Training Activities) (Small group training with social distancing) (Small group training with social distancing)


NMYSA Return to Activity Modification options for COVID-19

New Mexico Youth Soccer Association in conjunction with US Youth Soccer and US Soccer are all working towards the full return of play. However, due to current State restrictions, modifications to game formats may be an option for our member affiliate leagues once we can resume play. Attached are sample playing rules that can be used for games of 3v3, 5v5, etc. should you choose to use modified formats or if restrictions require modified formats.
Note: Returning to play is a personal choice for the parents/players, coaches, referees and administrators. Leagues and clubs must ensure that there are no negative consequences to those that choose not to participate in activity.

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications Presentation 

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications 3v3

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications 5v5

Grassroots Coaching Licenses:

The USSF has recently modified its course offerings and launched new Grassroots licenses. The objective of the new pathway is to make educational opportunities easily accessible through the offering of both online and in person licensing. The candidate-centered Grassroots License courses will be available in either two hour online, or in four hour in-person, courses for each of the following game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. The training methodology in these courses will shift to 'Play-Practice-Play' to encourage experiential learning in a reality based environment. For more information on the 'Play-Practice-Play' methodology click here, for a collection of 'Play-Practice-Play' Lesson plans please see the links below (thanks to our good friends at Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association):


6U lesson Plans   8U Lesson Plans
10U Lesson Plans
12U Lesson Plans
 14U Lesson Plans
 GK Lesson Plans


To find more coaching resources take a look at our Useful Coaching Links page.

For any questions regarding coaching please feel free to contact the Technical Director Rick Flores at 





  • sponsor-acvb-234x60
  • DSG Logo
  • adidas
  • Bownet
  • SPI