Coach Resources

Schedules are posted

U4-U8 -

U9 and above (MPA) -

US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Clinics/Licensing

BISA is committed to ensuring our kids receive the best soccer education possible as well as having tons of fun. We are also committed to giving coaches the resources they need to be successful and have a great time coaching as well. BISA offers a reimbursement program for any registered coach to begin working towards obtaining a Grassroots license from US Soccer. The Grassroots license requires coaches to take 3 of the following 4 classes; 4 v 4, 7 v 7, 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 to obtain a license (11 v 11 must be one of the three). BISA will reimburse any coach who wishes to take any of these US Soccer courses for the full cost of tuition.

US Soccer Learning Center

For more information please contact a board member.

Playing Rules

Below you will find the BISA playing rules for each individual age group. Please familiarize yourself with the rules of the age group you are coaching.  

Download U4 Modified Rules
Download U5-U8 Modified Rules
Download U9 and Above Modified Rules

Coach / Manager Registration

We are so glad you are interested in coaching for BISA! Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your community. In order to coach for BISA we need you to register as a coach. This registration is done through GotSoccer. Please navigate to the home page and select Coach/Manager under the Registration tab on the left hand side. You will only have to register one time as a coach. If you have already registered previously and cannot remember your credentials, contact us.

If you are having problems with page 2 of the registration, it is most likely the red check box at the bottom right of the coach code of conduct.  That box has to be the last thing you check on that page agreeing to abide by the code of conduct before you move to the next page.  Please take the time to read the code of conduct and not just click the box to move forward.

The background check is the last page of the online registration. Please complete that step as you are completing your registration.

All background checks expire on June 1 and returning coaches will need to complete a new background check each year.

In order to complete your background check, log into your GotSoccer account at

- In the gray bar, click on the link called 'Background Checks'
- Click on the button called 'Submit New Report'
- Enter your information and click 'Submit'
- It will take a few hours for the report to come back with a result. If you are approved, we can then put you in the coaching pool for a team. If you are not approved, we cannot have you as a volunteer. We are not made aware of why you weren't approved, just that you are not approved by the North Texas State Soccer Association.

Please reach out to your age group commissioner if you have any questions. 

New Concussion Rules

Please take a few minutes and read the new concussion rules put out by North Texas Soccer attached below.

Download Concussion Protocol

Team Game Plan Forms

These forms are intended to help coaches have a plan for the beginning of the game and substitutions.  The U4-U7 just lists U5-6 at the top, but can be used from U4 thru U7.  The U9-U10 can be used for U8 as well with the halve at 22 minutes and a size 3 ball.

Download U4-U7 Age Group
Download U8-U10 Age Group
Download U11-U12 Age Group
Download U13 and Up Age Groups

US Youth Soccer Practice Plans

The practice plans are put together by US Youth Soccer for differing age groups.  The information helps guide you thru several practices with sessions and advice.  Please feel free to use this to improve or change up your practices if you are an existing coach or to get things started if you are a new coach.  Please remember BISA does play with some modified rules for some of the age groups.  Those modified rules can be found under our Rules and Bylaws tab.

Download U5-U8 Age Group
Download U9-U10 Age Group
Download U11-U12 Age Groups

Expectations for a BISA Coach

The coach of a team sets the attitude of everyone around them. This includes the players, parents and spectators. As the coach "the leader of the team" your responsibility is to provide a positive environment in which the children can learn and develop. The lessons that they learn extend beyond the child's soccer skills.

They include how to deal with conflict and how to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after the game. BISA expects the coach to lead by example and do their very best to provide a positive soccer experience for their team. Please keep this in mind when interacting with players, parents, referees and the opposing team.

Addressing the Referees During the Game

Please do not address the refs during the game (see the September 20, 2005 Coach Memo regarding misconduct and dissent). If you have a problem, concern, or are upset with a call, discuss it with a board member or referee director, not with the referee. They are human and are going to flub a few just like each of our teams will flub a few during the course of a game. Talk to a board member about it and the ref can be educated in the proper manner (or the rules will be explained to us, which is quite often the case).

Coach Mantras

  1. Primary focus on "development", not "winning" - subtle difference but very important.  Winning is desirable of course, but making it your primary focus, especially your primary short-term focus, will most likely lead to bad decisions in your training program and game execution (see "don't teach anything you have to undo later" below).

  2. Maximum touches on the ball during training sessions - make sure your practice plan leads to as many touches on the ball as possible.  This can be accomplished by separating the players into smaller groups during drills or by designing your practice to include drills and games that force many touches on the ball.  This is the primary reason NTX has moved to the small-sided game format.

  3. Don't teach anything you have to undo later - for instance, many coaches of the younger players put their players in a defensive "wall" on the opponents kickoff - an alignment that will never be formed when they grow older (maybe in futsal).  Instead, teach them to spread out on the kickoff and cover the critical defensive areas.  Otherwise, at some point down the line you'll have to teach them to cover the space, hence undoing what you taught them earlier.  Another example would be a coach of the younger players putting a single player in front of the opponents goal with instructions to "wait for the ball" - and leaving the player in that position during the entire game.  On down the line you'll have to undo this practice and teach that player how to stay "onside" and how to "make runs to the goal", hence undoing what you previously instructed.


Referee Feedback Form

Below is the link to print out a referee feedback form.  The referee director will use these forms that are turned in to help train referees on areas they may need to work on and also praise referees that are doing a great job.  Please remember our referees are just people and can make mistakes they can learn from, but also get a confidence boost when they hear coaches thought they did a good job.

Download Referee Feedback Form