We provide a positive environment for all children in East Lyme and Salem, CT, looking to play and enjoy the game of soccer.

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ELSA's Director of Coaching position is primarily there to assist the youth soccer recreation program in development of our coaches in order to further enhance our program.  Our DoC, Jeff Vennell, brings tremendous experience and is a great asset to our association. 

  • Men’s collegiate coach for Williams College (MA) and Kenyon College (OH)
  • Helped a high school boys' team in Fairport, NY where I was also director of coaching for their youth program and coached their U16/17 boys' team
  • Senior Staff Member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coaching Academy since 1994 
  • Coached all levels of NSCAA coaching education program and helped develop curricula for courses

During the Fall soccer season, ELSA offers a Coaching Clinic each week where coaches can learn coaching strategies and develop practice plans for U9-U14 soccer teams.  Below, you will find example practice plans developed by Jeff for specific coaching themes.

  1. Dribbling Session Plan (PDF)
  2. Defending Session Plan (PDF)
  3. Finishing Session Plan (PDF)