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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
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
Winter 2017 Indoor - Week 3 .PDF Document Dribbling, Ball Mastery, 1v1, 2v1 Jan 09, 2017
Results: 62 Record(s) Found.
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