Coach Parker's Soccer Class Page
-accompanies Frostburg State PHEC 366, Theory of Soccer [Coaching]

Course Outline and Resources:

I. Introduction to the Course/A “Philosophy” of Coaching
- Syllabus for the course:  Syllabus as a pdf file
- Recommended books are available at and
- Article on how to write Mission Statements

II. Defining Success/Qualities of the Successful Coach
- Notes in Powerpoint:  lecturenotes_1.ppt
- Handout: Learning vs Winning from US Soccer

III. Creating a Positive Team Environment/Gender Differences
- Handout: Soccer Organization in the U.S.
- Notes in Powerpoint: lecturenotes_2.ppt
- FSU Faculty Policy on Reporting Violence

IV. Mental Toughness/ Sports Psychology/Ethics in Coaching

V.  Care & Prevention of Injury/Soccer Fitness

VI. What is Soccer?/Organizing and Running a Practice Session

VII. Laws of the Game/Sample Soccer Issues/Evaluating your Team

VIII. Technical Session Outline Examples

IX: Student Coaching Sessions

X: Individual Soccer Projects

Weekly Assignments/Announcements:

(always e-mail bparker at with "soccer class" in the subject BEFORE the start of class for credit)

For Thursday 2/21:
Write about or send a link to a good example of "Mental Toughness" in sports.

Some Useful Soccer Sites:
Jeff Pill's Drills
United Soccer Coaches
USYSA Coaching
there are many many others!

Where to Watch Soccer on TV and On-Line:
 Live Soccer TV
NBC Live Extra

Brian Parker
FSU Women's Soccer Coach
Frostburg, MD 21532  USA
Office: 301-687-4356
bparker at

Past Weekly Assignments/Questions:
(always e-mail bparker at with "soccer class" in the subject BEFORE the start of class for credit)

For Tuesday  2/19:
What are some of the differences between male and female athletes and therefore coaching each?

For Thursday, 2/14:

Regarding the Four "Essential Coaching Skills“ discussed in class, in your view which is:
--the most important?
--the hardest to attain?
--the one you are best at today?  Explain...

For Thursday 2/7:

Find and e-mail a quote from a coach (or about coaching) related to any of our discussion topics so far in class - winning vs learning, coaching philosophy, values, player development, etc

For Tuesday 2/5:

Choose a level of youth soccer/team and write a mission statement as well as two seasonal goals for the team.

For Thursday 1/31:
Why coach?  (or Why do you want to coach?)
What are some of the goals of any coach?
Relate your experiences as an athlete in your response