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Rec Coaching Extras

The Boot Room


The Boot Room at Anfield – home to Liverpool F.C. – for nearly four decades was an area where Liverpool’s coaching staff would meet after training and games, sip tea (and sometimes beverages a bit stronger), and discuss the team, tactics, performances, and scouting reports.

It was a small room near the locker room housing the players’ cleats (boots), and converted by then manager Bill Shankly into an informal coaches’ meeting room, with a relaxing atmosphere that paid dividends for a Liverpool side who were rebuilding at the time.

Over time the Boot Room came to symbolize a tradition within Liverpool of building from within. It’s where younger members of the coaching staff were provided on-the-job training, and many managers expanded their knowledge. From Shankly through Roy Evans, the tradition of collective institutional knowledge helped guide Liverpool to success after success, making it one of the most accomplished and recognized clubs of the 20th century.

The spirit of the Boot Room lives with the launch of Loudoun Soccer’s seasonal educational series The Boot Room, an opportunity for coaches in the community to gather to share knowledge and to develop friendships and bonds off the field (regardless of which EPL club you support).

Coaches who plan to attend all Boot Room sessions should consider enrolling in the Coaching School of Excellence (see below).


The Boot Room consists of several sessions scheduled throughout the Fall 2018 season. Each consists of an educational portion – an interactive discussion on the theme of the night – followed by a general question-and-answer session, and an opportunity for all attendees to socialize and network.

All sessions are led by Dan Raben, Director of Player Development. Guest speakers from members of the club’s Technical Staff may also present.These events are geared toward the Recreational/volunteer coach, but coaches of all levels and experience are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There is no cost to attend, although registration is required. Interested attendees are encouraged to register online as soon as possible, as space is limited. Information on upcoming Boot Room sessions will be updated on this page.

For additional Boot Room informations or questions, please contact Director of Player Development, Daryn Patricio.

Coaching School of Excellence

Coaching School of Excellence

Loudoun Soccer proudly announces its Coaching School of Excellence, a continuing education program for registered coaches in the Recreational (Grades 1-8 Rec, Challenge and Classic, and SFL) and Travel programs.

The program consists of a combination of interactive classroom lectures and discussions, on-field demonstrations, and other experiences. This program is designed for coaches of all levels of experience who possess the desire to improve their knowledge of the game and teaching abilities. Sessions will be led by Dan Raben (Director of Player Development), as well as members of the club’s Technical Staff.

The program is free to all registered coaches (those who are registered to coach in this season); however, interested candidates must apply and be selected to participate. Those selected are expected to attend every session.

The Loudoun Soccer Coaching School of Excellence began in August 2018, and included several subjects, such as:

  • Methods of Coaching
  • Systems of Play
  • Match Analysis
  • Organizing and Managing a Training Session
  • Practice Coaching
  • Player Identification and Evaluation

For the Rec All Star sessions: coaches will participate in one of the two dates for approximately 3 hrs (e.g. 2-5 PM), although attendance at both sessions is encouraged.

Selected candidates will receive the following items:

  • Loudoun Soccer Coaching School of Excellence gear (polo, training top, pullover, and backpack)
  • Equipment Package (cones and vests)
  • Reimbursement of one US Soccer Grassroots coaching course via VYSA (up to $70)
  • 1-on-1 session (phone, Skype, in-person, etc.) with Tech Staff member, on topic of your choosing (tactics, formations, philosophy, etc.)
  • Opportunities to join Loudoun Soccer’s professional coaching staff when appropriate.

Individuals unable to make the full commitment to the Coaching School of Excellence are welcome and encouraged to enroll in individual sessions via The Boot Room (see above.

For questions or additional information, please contact Daryn Patricio.

Junior Coaching School of Excellence

Junior Coaching School of Excellence

Loudoun Soccer is proud to announce the launch of its Junior Coaching School of Excellence.  The JCSE is designed for High School aged students interested in coaching in our Recreation program.

Interested candidates attend a one-day clinic on coaching, led by members of Loudoun Soccer’s Technical Staff, in addition to attending their program’s regularly scheduled pre-season coach clinic. Information on Junior Coaching School of Excellence sessions will be posted here.

Sample schedule:

  • 11 AM-12 PM: Welcome, Introduction, Coach Expectations (working lunch)
  • 12-1:15 PM: Age Group Characteristics and Appropriate Training Topics
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Leading a Training Session
  • 2:30-3:15 PM: Communicating with your Team
  • 3:30-4:30 PM: Coaching the Game
  • 4:45-5 PM: Closing Remarks

Those who attend this clinic may be placed as a volunteer coach within the Recreation program, and may receive employment opportunities in future years. Coaches will also receive the following:

  • Loudoun Soccer JCSE top
  • Coach Equipment (cones, vests, ball, etc.) – distributed at pre-season coach clinics
  • Access to Loudoun Soccer’s Coaching Education Resource Center

Participation as a volunteer Recreation coach is a great opportunity to earn community service hours, bolster a college resume, and give back to your community. For additional details, contact Daryn Patricio, Director of Player Development.

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