What type of equipment do I need to coach?

At the bare minimum, you need some disc cones (20 or 30 is ideal) and some pinnies. Players can bring their own soccer ball. However, most coaches will accumulate additional equipment over time that can come in very handy. Optional equipment includes:

  • A coach's first aid kit
  • Pop up goals or even portable full size goals like GOLME
  • A dry erase clipboard with a soccer field stenciled on it. Handy for keeping papers together and drawing out things you may try to explain
  • A stopwatch - handy for keeping track of time during matches
  • A small ball pump
  • A colorful keeper jersey and gloves
  • Extra balls are always nice.  It helps keep the practice moving if you don't have to chase balls all the time

For older players - training aids like an agility ladder, hurdles, ball hoops, poles, etc.

You'll notice one item that's not on the list - a whistle. Most experienced coaches won't use a whistle and instead teach the players to listen to what they say.


How much time does it take to coach a soccer team?

This will depend on the type of team and age level of the team you are coaching. Recreational teams will often practice 1-2 times a week and play once a week. So you can expect a commitment of about 3-5 hours total including setup, picking up, etc. Add in an additional hour or so for preparation (practice plans, paperwork, etc).

Regardless of the age of your team or level, you should recruit a team manager to handle all the league paperwork, snack and make-up schedules, etc. It can be a huge help.

A good recreational team schedule to follow is:

  • U4 - once or twice a week for 30-45 minutes each session
  • U6-U8 - once or twice a week for 45-60 minutes each session 
  • U9-U12 - twice a week for 60-90 minutes each session
  • U13 and up- twice a week for 90 minutes each session

What should I do if the referee makes a bad call?

You should respect the difficult job that referees have and recognize that the referee, according to the FIFA Laws of the Game, is the ultimate authority on the field. Whether a coach, spectator, player or parent, you should not vocally dispute a referee call (or even call out for an explanation) during the game.

The coach may speak privately with an adult referee at halftime or after the game to seek an explanation. Youth referees should NOT be approached at half time or after the game to discuss calls. If you have a question, it may be directed to the youth referee through the Referee Assignor or Director of Referees.

At no point in time, in the history or future of soccer, will a referee's decision be reversed.  You must consider this when deciding if you want to "argue" with the referee about a call or seek "clarification" as to why a call was made.  In the end, you still may not agree with the call, but you will at least know why the referee made the call.

Many of our referees are young.  They are some of the best kids around and have played soccer and respect adults.  Do not take advantage of that respect by "bullying" them after they have made a call.  It teaches your players bad sportsmanship and may get you removed from the game and/or coaching.

Many of our referees are also coaches.  This means they have been subjected to "bad calls" from other referees.  Understand that the referee cannot see everything and what they do see, they may see differently than you.  This is a part of the game and you must teach your players to adapt and overcome any obstacles to perceive are out there.


What league will my team play in?

After teams are formed, they are usually placed into a playing league.  The playing league is governed by the officials that run that specific league.  The rules of play and administrative requirements may vary, as will the locations the games are played.  Cleburne Soccer ASsociation teams participate in the following playing leagues:

CSA U4-U8 Recreational League
This league consist of Cleburne and Glen Rose U4-U8 teams.  Games will be played in Cleburne and Glen Rose.  Typically, U4 and U6 age levels only play Cleburne Teams, while the U8 teams will face some Glen Rose teams. 

Metroplex Soccer Alliance Recreational League 
This league consist of U9 and above teams. This is the default league that teams are assigned to. The Metroplex Soccer Alliance is made up of recreational soccer teams from Brownwood, Burleson, Cleburne, Crowley, Glen Rose, Granbury, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, and Weatherford.  Teams will play half their games at home and half of their games at an opponent's location. For more info, visit

Arlington Soccer Unlimited Recreational League
This league consist of U11 and above teams. Any U11 and above team may opt to play in this league instead of the Metroplex Soccer Alliance League as listed above.  The games are played in Cleburne as well as many areas in and surrounding Arlington. Teams will play half their games at home and half of their games at an opponent's location. For more info, visit  Coaches must notify the Registrar that they wish to play in this league before teams are made. 

Arlington Premier Invitational League (Competitive)
This league consist of U11 and above competitive teams. Any U11 and above team may opt to play in this league instead of the recreational leagues as listed above. The games are played in Arlington. There are several requirements to be met for a team to play competitive soccer, so it is imperative that coaches get with the Registrar in June or sooner to discuss the requirements and get the paperwork in order.  This is a full year committment starting in July of each year.

CSA Adult Recreational League 
This league consist of Coed Adult Players ages 18 and up.   Games will be played in Cleburne at the old sports complex on weekends.  There are two divisons; A Division is for faster paced play, and B Division is for slower paced play.


What happens to rained out games?

The ONLY OFFICIAL source of information concerning the soccer field status at the Cleburne Sports Complex is

We try to post to Facebook / Twitter and send out text messages to those of you subscribed to but that may not always happen. We will hardly ever send out emails to everyone unless it is some weird circumstance such as flooding shuts down the complex for two weeks.

The City of Cleburne and CSA work together to try to determine if the fields are playable. Ultimately, the City has the final say. If fields could be damaged or players hurt, we will close the complex. No amount of moaning, complaining, or wishing will change that. We have to protect our fields and players.

Decisions to close the fields are made as soon as possible. If we get 3-4 inches of rain on Friday, we may be able to call it a day early. If we are waiting to see what happens, we will wait until around 7:00 am Saturday to walk the fields and see if they are playable. In any case, no one is "waiting" to share the field status with you. The website is updated before we even leave the complex.

Some cities and associations have fields that can take a lot more water and/or abuse than the nice grass we have at CSC. This means that some associations may be open while others are not. Check to see other associations' field status.

In addition, Texas is a pretty big state. It may be raining hard in Mineral Wells but dry as a bone in Cleburne. Don't drive all the way to Mineral Wells to find out their fields are closed - look at the website first.

Games that have been rained out are automatically rescheduled over the a 72 hour period. It takes a lot of time and people to reschedule hundreds of games in multiple cities, so be patient but check the website several times. The closer we get to the end of the season, reschedules may be very quick or not at all.

We have heard in the past from individuals that teams did not get their full 10 games (as promised) and they want their money back. We (or our leagues) do not promise any amount of games. Depending on the division size, we try to give between 8 and 10 games each season. If that can't happen, there isn't much anyone can do about it. The seasons have set dates that they have to played in.

Check the website before you leave for your game. Not just this weekend, but every time you have a game.