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 2- Dribbling .PDF Document 6 Surfaces - Dribbling Dribble Tag Dribble Combat 2v2 Numbers Game Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 3- Dribbling .PDF Document Math Dribble Steal and Shield Four Goals Game 2v2 to Four Goals Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 4- Dribbling .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Danger Zone 2v1 Dribble Score 4 Corner Game Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 5- Dribbling .PDF Document Angry Birds Dribble Combat 4 Corner Shooting Get Outta There! Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 6- Dribbling .PDF Document Pattern Dribbling Dribbling Gates with Defenders Gates Passing Get Outta There! with Passes Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 7- Dribbling .PDF Document Pattern Dribbling Ball Tag Freeze Tag Combat 2v1 Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 8- Passing .PDF Document Pairs Passing Competitions Pairs Passing with Defenders 2v1 to Goal 2v2 to Goals at Either End Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 9- Passing/Dribbling .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Cops and Robbers Pairs Cops and Robbers 2 v 2 to Goal (More Passes, More Points) Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Week 10- Passing .PDF Document Pairs Passing Competitions Capture the Balls 2v2 Castle Combat Up and Down Numbers "Get Outta There" Jul 31, 2017
U8 Fall 2016- Full Session Plan .PDF Document Week 1 through week 10 session plans U8 Jul 31, 2017
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