12U

12U (Grade 5/6) Grassroots Session Plans - Fall 2017

Building up in the Defensive Half Building up in the Defensive Half
Building up in the Attacking Half Building up in the Attacking Half
Scoring Goals from Central Areas Scoring Goals from Wide Areas
Disrupting Build up in the Attacking Half Disrupting Build up in the Defensive Half
Prevent Scoring from Central Areas Prevent Scoring from Wide Areas
 

Click here to read Ian Mulliner's article on our New Session Plans

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Please use the Document search below to download 12U plans from previous years.


Please note, all Massachusetts Youth Soccer session plans are provided in good faith and must not be utilized for assignments for US Soccer or NSCAA coach education courses. We welcome coaches and organizations to share, use and build upon all Mass Youth Soccer Session plans as long as appropriate credit is given. 


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In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 12 player:

  • All children are maturing at different rates and are sensitive to that fact.
  • Need to warm-up and stretch as muscle pulls and other nagging injuries tend to become more common.
  • Typically understand elemental abstract concepts and hypothetical situations.
  • They like to solve problems.
  • Peer evaluation is a constant.
  • Egos are sensitive.
  • Coordination may depend on whether or not they are in a growth spurt.
  • Technique still needs to be reinforced constantly.
  • Playing too much can lead to overuse injuries.
  • Playing too much and not feeling like they have a choice in the matter can lead to burnout and drop-out.
  • This is the dawn of tactics!
  • Keep asking the players to be creative and to take risks. 
  • Ask for feedback from them. They will tell you how things are going.
  • Try to hand over leadership and ownership of the team to them. They will enjoy leading and it will add to the learning environment.
Document Description Post Date
U12 Spring 2017- Week 1 - Defensive Third Build up .PDF Document 5v4 Spread out wide to make the pitch bigger. Recognize when to play forward and when to keep the ball. Unbalance opposition by keeping the ball then playing forward. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 2 - Building through the midfield .PDF Document 6v4 Spread out, Play forward when possible. Create 2v1, 1v1. Using combination to penetrate past defensive line. Vary the running to get behind defensive line "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 3 - Attacking third build up .PDF Document 5v5 Make runs behind defensive lines to create chances to shoot. Keep possession to draw defenders out of position. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 4 - Create scoring opportunities through wide play .PDF Document 1 regulation goal and 3 counter goals. play 5v5. Accurate passing, Beating players 1v1. Long passing. Spread out to create 1v1 opportunities in wide areas. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 5 - Creating scoring chances through the middle .PDF Document 4v4 Accurate short passing, Dribbling, receiving. varying the runs to confuse and unbalance back line. Diagonal run, checked run. Set pass then run behind defensive. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 6 - Defending in the defensive half .PDF Document 5v4 Press the player with the ball quickly. Wait for attacker to make a mistake. Back line make the middle of the field compact only showing space in wide areas. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 7 - Defending in the middle third .PDF Document 5v5 Closest player to the ball presses. Hips facing the way you the attacker to go. Pressure cover balance. Stay organized forcing opponent to play wide or backwards. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 8 - Defending in the attacking third .PDF Document 5v6 Press the player with the ball. Patient when trying to recover the ball. Try to outnumber team with the ball allowing more opportunity to intercept. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 9 - Defending against wide play .PDF Document 6v6 Press the player with the ball. Stay close to attacker but do not tackle unless they make a mistake. Keep the back line compact not allowing any space in the middle and press immediately when out wide. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Spring 2017- Week 10 - Defending in transition .PDF Document Play 2v1 in end zones and 2v2 in middle zones Deny player on the ball time to think about their next decision and force play backwards. Get organized into defensive positions when possession is lost. "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Full Session Plan .PDF Document Week 1 through week 10 session plans U12 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- week 1- Dribbling .PDF Document Dribbling Lanes 4 v 3 to Goal w/Counter Goals 7 v 7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 2- Dribbling .PDF Document 4v1 to Goal (Patterns) 4v4 to Goal & Counters 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 3- Passing .PDF Document Pass, Move and Split 4v4: 3 Plus Passes 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 4- Passing .PDF Document 3 v 1 to Goal 6 v 4 to Goal with Counter Goals 8 v 7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 5- Individual Attacking .PDF Document 4v0 to Goal 4v4 to Goal 7v7 to Goal and Small Counter Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 6- Group Attacking .PDF Document Through, Over, Around 4v4 to 4 Small Goals 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 7- Individual Defending .PDF Document 4v4 to Targets 5 v 5 to Goal & Counters 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 8- Group Defending .PDF Document 4v4 Intercepting Passes 4v4 to Goal & Counters 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 9- Shooting .PDF Document Shooting Competition 4v4 - Power Shooting 7v7 to Goal 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
U12 Fall 2016- Week 10- Shooting .PDF Document Shooting Competition 4v4 - Romarios' Game 7v7 Finesse 9v9 Jul 31, 2017
US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Manual 2017 .PDF Document Feb 21, 2017
US Youth Soccer PDI Age Group Matrix- Feb 2017 .PDF Document Feb 21, 2017
US Soccer Player Development Initiatives 2017 .PDF Document Feb 21, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor Training - Booklet for All Sessions .PDF Document 8 Field Player and 8 GK Sessions to utilize for indoor training Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 7 .PDF Document Passing and Receiving Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 8 .PDF Document Conditioned Games 3v3, 4v4 Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 5 .PDF Document When to Dribble, When to Pass - 1v1, 2v1 Dribbling, Passing Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 6 .PDF Document Turning Back to Go Forward, Dribbling, Turning, 1v1 Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 4 Conditioned Games .PDF Document 3v3, 4v4 Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 3 .PDF Document Dribbling, Ball Mastery, 1v1, 2v1 Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 2 .PDF Document Dribbling, Ball Master, 1v1 Jan 09, 2017
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 1 .PDF Document Dribbling, Ball Master, 1v1 Jan 09, 2017
U12 Spring 2016 - Dribbling for the #7 and #11 .PDF Document #7, #11 Dribbling Running with the Ball Flanks Wings Penetrate and Create Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Passing from Wide Areas .PDF Document #2, #3, #7, #11 Passing, Receiving, Shooting, Finishing Flanks Wings Penetrate and Create Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Passing and Combining .PDF Document #7, #8, #9, #11 Passing and Receiving Penetrate and Create Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Individual Attacking of the #9 .PDF Document #7, #11 Passing, Receiving, Shooting Create more scoring chances in shooting range Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Group Attacking #7, #8, #9, #11 .PDF Document #7, #8, #9, #11 Dribbling Passing, Receiving, Shooting Penetrate and Create Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Individual Defending .PDF Document #4, #5, #6, #8 Pressure, Tackling, Delay Stop opposition from Penetrating and Creating Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Shooting I .PDF Document #7, #8, #9, #11 Shooting Goal Scoring Mentality Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Shooting II - Finishing Inside the Box .PDF Document #7, #8, #9, #11 Shooting Goal Scoring Mentality Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Small Group Defending .PDF Document #4, #5, #6, Pressure, Tackling, Delay Stop opposition from Penetrating and Creating Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
U12 Spring 2016 - Dribbling for Penetration .PDF Document #8, #9, #10 Dribbling Penetrate and Create Goal Scoring Opportunities Mar 29, 2016
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 9 .PDF Document US Soccer Technical Testing Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 8 .PDF Document Passing and Receiving III Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 7 .PDF Document Passing and Receiving II Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 6 .PDF Document Passing and Receiving I Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 5 .PDF Document Conditioned Games 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 4 .PDF Document Dribbling to Avoid Pressure II Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 3 .PDF Document Dribbling to Avoid Pressure Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 2 .PDF Document 1v1's and 2v2's II Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - U12/14 - Week 1 .PDF Document 1v1's and 2v2's Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 10 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 8 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 9 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 7 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 6 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 5 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 4 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 3 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 2 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Winter 2016 - GK - Week 1 - Indoor .PDF Document Dec 28, 2015
Technical Development Center Booklet 2016 .PDF Document Indoor U8 U10 U12 GK Dec 28, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 10 - Soccer Festival .PDF Document U12 5v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 9 - Shooting II .PDF Document U12 Shooting Striking the Ball Attacking Finishing 4v3 6v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 8 - Individual Defending .PDF Document U12 Defending Tackling 1v1 Footwork Body Position Approach Pressure Delay 2v2 4v4 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 7 - Passing from Wide Areas .PDF Document U12 Crossing Passing Receiving Finishing Attacking Half 3v3 5v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 6 - Passing Aerial Serves .PDF Document U12 Passing Crossing Aerial Passing Finishing 3v3 5v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 5 - Passing and Combining .PDF Document U12 Passing Receiving Combination Play Overlap 4v4 5v5 Attacking Half Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015- Week 4- Dribbling to Set up a Pass .PDF Document U12 Dribbling Passing and Receiving Attacking Half Color Passing 3v2 5v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 3 - Dribbling to Penetrate .PDF Document U12 Dribbling Shooting Penetration 1v1 Fakes Moves 4v3 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 2 - Goalkeeping .PDF Document U12 Goalkeeping Scoop Catch Body Position Footwork 4v4+1 5v5 Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2015 - Week 1 - When to Dribble, Pass or Shoot .PDF Document U12 Passing Receiving Dribbling Shooting Attacking Attacking Half Passing Windows 3v2 to 4 golas 5v4 to Goal and 2 Counters Dec 14, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 10 - Fantastic Fours .PDF Document U12 Shooting Passing Receiving Dribbling 4v4 Attacking Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 9 - Striking on Goal .PDF Document U12 Shooting Attacking Receiving 3v3 4v4 6v6 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 8 - Individual Defending .PDF Document U12 Defending 1v1 Tackling Pressure Delay 3v3 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 7 - Passing from Wide Areas (Crossing) .PDF Document U12 Passing Receiving Crossing Finishing Shooting 3v3 5v5 7v7 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 6 - Passing Aerial Serves .PDF Document U12 Passing Receiving Long Passing Aerial PAssing Golf 3v3 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 5 - Passing and Combining .PDF Document U12 Passing Receiving Turning Combination Play First Touch Attacking Attacking Half 4v4 5v5 7v7 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 4 - Dribbling to Set up a Pass .PDF Document U12 Dribbling Passing Receiving 2v1 3v2 5v5 7v7 Attacking Attacking Half Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 3 - Dribbling to Penetrate .PDF Document U12 Dribbling 1v1 Beat an Opponent Penetration Attacking Third Attacking Half 3v3 5v5 7v7 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 2 - Goalkeeping - Collecting the Ball .PDF Document U12 Goalkeeping Handling Footwork Angle Play Catching Scoop 3v3+1 5v5 7v7 Dec 03, 2015
U12 Fall 2014 - Week 1 - When to Dribble, Pass or Shoot .PDF Document U12 Dribbling Passing Receiving Shooting Attacking Attacking 3rd Middle 3rd Dec 03, 2015
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