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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

Mass Youth Soccer Monthly - Ian Blog

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. 


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 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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