8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2018

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Week 10 Week 11 Week 12

8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2017

Week 1 - Dribbling Week 2 - Passing Week 3 - Defending
Week 4 - Dribbling Week 5 - Shooting Week 6 - Defending
Week 7 - Passing Week 8 - Shooting Week 9 - Defending
Week 10 - Passing    


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 our U8 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 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 8 player:

  • Enjoy playing in pairs
  • Are now able to take another’s perspective.
  • Still unable to think abstractly – be patient.
  • Cooling system still less efficient than adults – still make sure to give frequent water breaks.
  • Still prefer playing to watching – keep everyone active during practice.
  • Limited attention span
  • Have an understanding of time and sequence – “if I do this, then that happens”.
  • Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.
  • Very aware of adult reactions – be very aware of your reactions.
  • Seek out adult approval and need reassurance – be supportive.
  • Begin to become aware of peer perception – a social order is beginning to develop.
  • Wide range of abilities between children at this age
  • Beginning to develop motor memories
  • Some become more competitive
  • Less active imaginations than U6 players
Document Description Post Date
U8 Fall 2016- Week 1- Dribbling .PDF Document 4 Surfaces - Dribbling Crocs in the River Score in Any Goal 2v2 Combat 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
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