Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2018

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Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2017

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Click here to read Mass Youth Soccer Technical Director - Ian Mulliner's article on our New Session Plans

Mass Youth Soccer Monthly - Ian Blog

Please use the Document search below to download our U6 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 United Soccer Coaches 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 6 player.

  • Focused on themselves – reality to them is based on what they see and feel
  • Unable to see the world from another’s perspective 
  • Everything is in the here and now
  • Cooling systems are less efficient - need frequent water breaks 
  • Enjoy playing, not watching. Every player should have a ball in practice
  • Limited attention span - keep directions concise and to the point
  • Effort is performance – if they try hard, they are doing well
  • Active imaginations – utilize their imagination in activities, and they will love practice!
  • Look for adult approval – be encouraging when they say “Coach, look what I can do!”
  • Unable to think abstractly – spatial relationships are a mystery 
  • Typically have 2 speeds -- extremely fast and stopped
  • Usually unaware of game scores – keep it that way
Document Description Post Date
U6 Fall 2016- Full Session Plan .PDF Document Week 1 Through week 10 session plans --U6 Jul 31, 2017
U6 Fall 2016 - Week 1 - Dribbling .PDF Document Dribbling Small Sided Games Jul 27, 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
U6 Spring 2016 - Week 10 - Numbers .PDF Document 10 Touches x 2 to Goal 3 Strikes You're Out 4 Corner Shootout All 5 Wins 4v4 Mar 17, 2016
U6 Spring 2016 - Week 9 - Video Games .PDF Document Super Mario Brothers Pacman/Mrs Pacman Wreck it Ralph Sonic v Tails 4v4 Mar 17, 2016
U6 Spring 2016 - Week 8 - Ice Age .PDF Document Continental Drift Saber Tooth Squirrels Mammoths v Pirates Collision Course 4v4 Mar 17, 2016
U6 Spring 2016 - Week 7 - Disney .PDF Document Big Hero 6 Surfaces Frozen Tag Bruce the Shark and Nemo Pirates of the Caribean 4v4 Mar 17, 2016
U6 Spring 2016 - Week 6 - Space .PDF Document Explore the Planets Galaxy Hoppers Space Invaders Battle Star Destoryers 4v4 Mar 17, 2016
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