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Master Coaching (2012) -- how does it work (U6-U7 venue)?

Meet James and Alex

Master Coaches for U6, U7 and U8 programs |

Teams meet with MCO coaches

Coaches describe the activity

Coaches demonstrate

Team coaches run through the activity

Team players give it a try!

Players learn skills while competing

Teams gather when training is completed

MCO coaches recap what was learned

Up to 10 teams go through training at once

Training occurs on south end of Madison MS field

Games follow training

After training is complete, teams play games on north end of Madison field

Sept. 2, 2013 Update - Master Coaching

U-06 and U-07 (Coed) Teams

  • Due to over-enrollment of our U-6 and U-7 program, the first game for this age group will be Sunday, Sept. 15, and the last game will be Sunday, Nov. 3.
  • The training precedes the games (see weekly format below). Schedule is posted on your BonziTeam calendar and here:
  • The Training Curriculum will be posted weekly. Scroll down page to view.

U-08 (Boys and Girls) Teams

  • The first master coach training sessions are being held on Tuesday, Sepember 10.
  • Team Training Schedule (Revised 9-9).
  • The Training Curriculum will be posted weekly. Scroll down page to view
Introducing Master Coaching - Fall 2013

Master coaching -- player and coach development (U-6 to U-8)

The West Seattle Soccer Club (WSSC) is partnering with Master Coach Online (MCO) to provide an age and competence appropriate program for our entry-level (U-6 to U-8) players and coaches. Based upon the latest United State Soccer Federation (USSF) curriculum, players and coaches will be guided through an age and competence appropriate program that enables us to "coach the players and teach the coaches."

"Coaching Players - Teaching Coaches"

This side-by-side student-teacher methodology will enable volunteer coaches to learn the age-appropriate technical, tactical, physical, mental and emotional requirements for teaching soccer to young players. This beneficial partnership between professional staff coaches and volunteers will enhance the performance of the coach on the player's and in return, impacts the player's performance in the game.

Introducing the "practice - play" format

Coaches and their teams participate in a practice session led by two MCO coaches. Once the practice session concludes, the team moves to the game fields for weekly games (in the case of U-8 teams, the games are informal). Here is an overview of how it works for each age group (and keep scrolling for SESSION PLANS and program FAQs).

U-6 & U-7
Players and Coaches
Players and Coaches
Begins Sunday, Sept. 15th Tuesday, September 10th

Master Coach training:

  • Sundays, between 1:00pm and 5:15 pm.
  • Train and Play Sessions begin at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, or 4:00pm.
  • 8-Week Program Starts September 15th
  • Program Ends November 3rd
  • See BonziTeam for Schedules
  • Weekly curriculum -- scroll down page

Game Schedules:

  • U-06 and U-07 train and play sessions are scheduled on Sundays
  • Season schedules are now posted

Master Coach training:

  • Tuesdays between 5pm and 7:15
  • 6-Week Team Training Program Begins on September 10th
  • Program Ends Tuesday, October 15th
  • Updated Team Taining Schedule 9-9-13
  • Weekly curriculum -- scroll down page

Game schedules:

  • U-08 league games are played on Saturdays. See Bonzi Team for Schedules.
  • Schedules are also posted on the HSA Schedules page

10-12 teams praticipate in a professionally facitliated 35-minute training session, then play a 35-minute match (2 15-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime). Total time commitment is 1 hour, 10 minutes.

  • Games are 15 minute halves with 5 minute halftime
  • Madison Session 1 (12 U-6 teams):
  • Madison Session 2 (10 U-6 teams):
  • Madison Session 3 (12 U-7 teams):
  • Roxhill Session 1 (10 U-7 teams):
  • Roxhill Session 2 (10 U-7 teams):

Teams participate in a professionally facilitated 45-minute practice session lead by our Master Coaches. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early so that each session begins on time.

  • Session 1 (10 teams):
    5pm - 5:45pm
  • Session 2 (10 teams):
    5:45pm - 6:30pm
  • Session 3 (10 teams):
    6:30pm - 7:15pm

Madison MS, 3429 45th Ave, SW, Seattle

  • View Field layout

Roxhill-South, SW Roxbury Street and 30th Ave SW

  • View Field layout

Riverview North playfield, 7226 12th Ave SW on September 10, 17, 24

Walt Hundley playfield, 6920 34th Ave SW on
October 1, 8, 15

Curriculum / Session

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we changing?

  • Feedback! Coaches reaching out for more help, players seeking higher competency
  • Players abilities surpassing the experience/guidance of the coach
  • We believe this is an effective way to provide soccer education
  • Take the pressure off the volunteer coach
  • Good of the game

What will WSSC provide?

  • Master Coach. On field support for the duration of the season
  • Weekly session plans.
  • Age appropriate season-long curriculum

Can U-6 and U-7 coaches choose to have additional team practices during the week?

  • Yes. Madison MS field is reserved Monday - Friday, 5pm to dusk for optional team practices. We also have Roxhill South reserved Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 5pm to dusk.
  • For U-8 coaches, Riverview North field is reserved Monday - Friday, 5pm to dusk. Tuesdays (Sept. 10, 17, 24) are reserved for the Master Coach Training Sessions.
  • View practice field reservation schedule on the Coaches Corner page.

When will training schedules be posted?

  • U-6 and U-7: schedules will be posted one week prior to the start of training.
  • U-8: schedules will be posted one week prior to the start of training.

When are games held?

  • U-6 and U-7: games follow training and are held on Sundays. First game is Sept. 15.
  • U-8: games are held on Saturdays. First game is Sept. 14.

How can coaches learn more?

  • Attend the Coed U-6 & U-7 Coaches meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22, 7-8:30pm at Grace Church, 10323 28th Ave SW, Seattle.
  • Questions or concerns can be directed to

View the Programs page to learn more about the Coed U-6 & U-7, and U-8 age group programs.


U-08 Master Coach Training Groups
Updated 9/9/13

Group #1 • 5:00-5:45 PM

Group #2 • 5:45-6:30 PM

Group #3 • 6:30-7:15 PM

WS Blue Angels '05 - Snyder

WS Arbor Heights '05 - Korsmo

WS Meerkats '05 - Parkhurst

WS Bobcat Kittens '05 - McCaffrey

WS Celtic '05 - Cudaback and Lovejoy

WS Blue Dragons '05 - Glover

WS Cheetahs '05 - Craig

WS Electric Golden Tigers '05 - Beeler

WS Bobcats '05 - Wain

WS Dragons '05 - Stephens

WS Skylanders FC '05 - Dabbs

WS Coyotes '05 - Jones

WS Super Soakers '05 - Williams

WS TBD '05 - Alvis

WS Red Dragons '05 - Cannard

WS TBD '05 - McCoy

WS TBD '05 - Stevens

WS The Flames '05 - Whitney

WS Yellow Jackets '05 - Peterson

WS Wookies '05 - Krische

WS Tiger Lillies '05 - Dresang

WS TBD '05 - Smith

WS Yellow Jackets '05 - Ferrero

WS Happy Bees '05 - Norman

Master Coaching Online (MCO)

The WSSC is proud to partner with our friends at Master Coaching Online (MCO) to provide player and coaching development.

Initial Stage Curriculum (5-8 years old)

At this age children do not have the same capacity as adults to analyze the environment. They explore and have an egocentric conception of the world.

Children are still gathering the experience necessary to interact with their surroundings and with others. Also, empathy and the capacity to consider the thoughts and feelings of others are very low. In order to help children build their own experience, many exercises will be individual (e.g. each player will have a ball). The tactical component of the game will be reduced to small-sided games with basic explanations about space distribution. Training sessions will be treated more as physical education than specifically as soccer training.

Check out the USSF Full Curriculum -