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U6/U8 Program Objectives

Ball Mastery

By the end of U8s, players should be more comfortable with the ball, and be able to achieve most of the following:

  • Walk and run slowly (dribble) while keeping the ball close and STOP on demand
  • Maneuver successfully around marker cones with both feet
  • Move within a crowded grid while using their eyes to avoid collisions
  • Foundation taps / Shuffles between feet
  • Sole Taps/Roll, moving forward and backward
  • Inside & outside cut with one foot

Speed/Stamina/Balance & Coordination

By the end of U8s, players should show improved concentration and reaction speed in the different practice activities and games played:

  • Improved reaction speed
  • Increased ability to concentrate
  • Quicker with and without the ball
  • Ability to play until called off by coach
  • Improved Balance (Movement knowledge) including:
    • Stand/hop on one leg at a time
    • Skip
    • Jump off two feet
    • Forward rolls (be safe)

Shooting/Passing

By the end of U8s, players should be able to:

  • Kick /Shoot the ball (at least 5yd) with left and right foot
  • Shoot mainly with the instep, rather than the toe or inside of the foot
  • Kick the ball through a target gate from 5yd with some consistency
  • Strike a ball rolling towards them
  • Lift the ball (a little bit) into the air as they shoot

Small Sided Games

By the end of U8s, players should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of a game – attacking a goal, defending the other
  • Play 2v2 with some examples of passing to a teammate
  • Understand the basic shapes of soccer
    • 3 players = Triangle
    • 4 players = Diamond
  • Restart the game after a foul or ball going out of play
    • Throw-In
    • Corner Kick
    • Goal Kick
    • Indirect Kick

Mentality

By the end of U8s, players should show improvement in the following “life-skills” that will help with learning and socialization, on and off the field:

  • Ability to focus attention on the coaches when they explain an activity
  • Understanding a drill/game set up and rules
  • Stamina: the ability to keep going until the end of a drill or game
  • Communicating with other players
  • Cooperation with other players
  • Understanding of the basics of healthy eating
  • Enthusiasm for soccer!

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