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Coaching Education: Rules & Resources

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At the start of the 2016-17 season, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer adopted the recommendations of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI). The PDI included specific rules for younger age groups to promote player development:

  • Small-sided play for U12 and younger
  • A build out line for 7v7 play
  • A ban on deliberate heading for players U11 and younger

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has made available resources below to help coaches remain informed on these rules and promote best practices within their clubs: 

Explaining the 7v7 Build Out Line (Video)

Coaching with the 7v7 Build Out Line (Video)

Game Day Procedures Regarding Youth Heading (Video)

Medical Advisory Committee: Player Performance & Safety Guidelines

U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer encourages Technical Directors and Directors of Coaching to share these resources with their coaches. In addition, State Youth Referee Administrator Jeff Tener is working to make sure officials in the state are on the same page as the coaches. These laws were established to make players better and assure the safety of young players.