October 19, 2011
Boys vs Girls in Youth Soccer
I would never pretend to speak for women. I have a sister, three sisters-in-law and numerous female cousins, and I’ve coached enough girls on the soccer field to know better.
But interestingly, over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to coach more girls than boys. And my experience as a girls coach has caused me to reflect on how different the sexes really are, as players and teammates. I have enjoyed some success with my girls’ teams, such as winning the state cup in Washington and receiving the Washington State Competitive Girls Coach of the Year award. I’ve coached young women of all ages and abilities, from premier to recreational teams.
With soccer now topping the list as the most popular sport for girls, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about coaching young women and hopefully provide a little personal insight to help other coaches lead their female teams more effectively.