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Grassroots Session Plans - Designed to align with US Soccer 9v9 Course

Build up in the Defensive Half Defending in the Defensive 3rd
Build Up in the Midfield Defending in the Middle Third
Build Up in the Attacking Half Defending in the Attacking Third
Create Scoring Opportunities through Wide Play Defending Wide Play
Attacking Through the Middle Defending When in Transition



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

Mass Youth Soccer Monthly - Ian Blog

Spring 2017 Session Plans

10- Passing and Combining

Fall 2016 Sessions 

1- Dribbling for Penetration #8, #9, #10 6- Group Attacking #7, #8, #9, #11
2- Dribbling for the #7 and #11 7Individual Defending #2, #3, #4, #5
3- Passing and Combining #7, #8, #9, #11 8Small Group Defending #7, #9, #10, #11
4- Passing from Wide Areas #2, #3, #7,#11 9Shooting #7, #9, #10, #11
5-Individual Attacking #9 10- Shooting 2 - #7, #9, #10, #11


Click here to download all 10 Fall U12 Session plans in a single PDF file

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.


Please use the Document search below to download U12 plans from previous years.

5- Individual Attacking #9
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
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