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Soccer Player's Creed

Soccer Player’s Creed

The “Soccer Player’s Creed” is a great foundation for setting expectations and rules for a team. The original is from a website called Coaching American Soccer though I’ve made a couple changes (in blue).

Soccer Player's Creed
I will know where the ball is at all times and never turn my back to the ball.

I will keep my eyes on the ball, in bounds and out.

I will never make a preventable throw-in error.

I will always keep intelligent communication flowing between myself and my teammates.

I will always talk with my coach when I have a concern.

I will never put down a teammate.

I will never incite an opponent or be affected by an opponent’s “trash” talk.

I will never kick a ball out of bounds on a corner kick.

I will constantly move properly according to the flow of play.

I will always set up passing opportunities unless I have a better dribbling or shooting chance myself.

I will always know where opponents are when receiving a pass and never let the ball be “stolen.”

I will strive to get the “big picture” at all times and know what all players are doing.

I will strive to play hard and aggressively, giving 100% at all times, but not commit “stupid” fouls.

I will know what my options are with the ball before I receive it.

I will consistently move to the position that will best benefit my team.

I will never retaliate or show dissent after being fouled.

I will keep my vision on the ball during the performance of ball skills.


I will listen to my opponents to obtain strategic and tactical information.

I will never allow my opponents to do anything uncontested.

I will never anticipate a referee’s call. I will not stop playing until I hear the referee’s whistle.

I will never agonize over my mistakes, I will learn from them.

I will always play as part of the team.

I will know all the Laws of the Game and how they are applied.

I will honor the game, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanlike behavior both on and off the field.

Please feel free to comment with any additions or edits you’d recommend.

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  1. you should add I will always show respect to the opponents on the field and off

    • Hi Joseph,

      I believe that’s covered in the last line about showing sportsmanship on and off the field. Respect is a part of sportsmanship.

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