Soccer Safety Tips
Inspect the Field
Before all practices and games, inspect the field. Make sure there are
no hazards such as broken glass, animal droppings, branches or other
debris on the field. Also, ensure that the playing surface is consistent
and level. Make sure there are no holes or ditches in the field.
BE AWARE OF THE BALLS!
It is important that players pay attention during practices and games.
At a minimum, the players should know where the ball is at all times.
This awareness will cut down on the situations where a player is hit
with a ball they have not seen.
Shin Guards, Shin Guards, Shin Guards
The most important piece of safety equipment is (you guessed it) Shin
Guards. In beginner soccer, no matter how much you try to coach against
it, a large amount of ball swarming takes place. Players tend to bunch
up in a pile surrounding the ball and frantically kick at it. In these
“swarms”, players will inadvertently kick each other by
mistake. This is why it is essential that ALL players be required to
wear shin guards. A player should not be allowed on the field without
this important piece of equipment.
“No Sitting on the Field”
At this young age, many players get tired or bore easily. You will see
that in the middle of the action, many players just simply sit down
or lay down on the field. It can be very dangerous if a player sits
down on the field while the rest of the team is running around dribbling
and shooting soccer balls. That is why one rule you should have for
your players is that no one is allowed to sit or lay down on the field.
If a player is tired or bored tell them it is OK to go the sideline
for a rest, but not on the field.