Soccer Devotional Handbook
Prepare by studying the lessons well before presenting them.
Pray and expect God to perform miracles because of His faithfulness, your obedience, and the needs of your players and their families.
Lessons will be taught as a part of every practice.
If you have 2 practices per week teach 2 different lessons that week.
After you have taught each lesson once, use the remaining practices to go through the lessons a second time.
Repetition is one of the keys to remembering.
This is also a good opportunity to review what your players retained from the first time it was taught.
Teaching lessons is not an option.
They are a responsibility and duty of the Coach.
The following format is used in the presentation of each lesson:
The main teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson.
The opening question and definition of the main teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson.
A Scripture, quote or saying intended to cause your players to think about and consider its meaning.
This will center on the teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson taken.
Ask your players what the scripture, quote or saying means to them.
Remember, there are no wrong answers because they are telling you what they believe it means.
A rewording of the scripture, quote or saying by the devotional editor in such a way that all players will clearly understand.
Pass or Shoot
Just as a soccer player handling the ball has to choose whether to pass or shoot, your players will have a choice as to how they will respond to the teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic.
This section of the lesson is worded in a way as to make the players realize they have a choice.
This will make it clear to the players that they have a responsibility, ownership of their own actions, in every life situation they encounter.
This may also include a life application such as an incident that may occur at home, school, or with friends.
An initial or additional scripture that deals with the main teaching, emphasis, characteristic or trait.
In soccer, a coach puts in a substitution when someone else is tired, weak, or can’t get the job done.
In this same manner, God knew that we could not atone for our sins, so He sent Christ, God in the flesh, to die for us.
The Final Whistle
Closing prayer that will center on the main teaching, emphasis, characteristic or trait and ask God to help the players to maintain a high standard for their lives.
Ask God to help the players to stand strong and make right decisions.
You can also ask the players if they have any special requests or needs to bring to the Lord during prayer.