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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 Spring 2016 - Week 3 - Dribbling and Shielding .PDF Document Math Dribble Steal Shield 1v1 to 4 Goals 2v2 to 4 Goals 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 2 - Dribbling and 1v1's .PDF Document 6 Surfaces Dribble Tag 1v1 Dribble Combat 2v2 Numbers 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 1 - Dribbling and 1v1's .PDF Document 4 Surfaces Crocs in the River 1v1 to Any Goal 2v2 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 10 - Soccer Festival .PDF Document U8 4v4 Team Ouch Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 9 .PDF Document U8 Passing Passing Gates Shooting Receiving 2v2 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 8 .PDF Document U8 Passing Receiving Paint the Field Bandits 2v1 3v2 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 7 .PDF Document U8 Passing Dribbling Capture the Balls 2v1 to Goal 4 Corner Dribbling Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 5 .PDF Document U8 Dribbling Turning Shielding 2v1 2v2 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 6 .PDF Document U8 Passing Pairs Passing Soccer Dodgeball 2v2 Get Outta There 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
U8 Fall 2015 - Week 4 .PDF Document U8 Dribbling Passing Freeze Tag Combat 2v1 2v2 to 4 Goals 4v4 Dec 03, 2015
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