Postsecondary soccer coaches lead soccer teams in higher education environments, providing skill development and training for male and/or female soccer players. Prior to the soccer season, the coach holds tryouts to select players for the team; they may also conduct recruitment. They also schedule practices, which may involve researching facilities' availability.
During practices and soccer matches, postsecondary coaches provide feedback on player performance and how their skills can be improved. When players are not performing as they should or they are not meeting minimum academic standards, the coach may attempt to correct their behavior using motivational techniques and/or disciplinary actions. University head coaches may be held to a certain standard of quality regarding the performance of team members. Players must be coached on a team and individual basis, and the coach may be given a budget that must be monitored and managed.
Requirements for postsecondary soccer coaches vary depending on the institution and position. Many soccer coaches were soccer players themselves, and coaching experience is typically required or preferred. Coaches generally must be able to demonstrate soccer techniques, and they need to have excellent leadership and motivational skills.