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U8

Spring 2016 Session Plans


Week 1 - Dribbling and 1v1's Week 6 - Dribbling, Passing and 2v1's
Week 2 - Dribbling and 1v1's Week 7 - Dribbling, Passing and 2v1's
Week 3 - Dribbling and Shielding Week 8 - Passing, 2v1's and 2v2's
Week 4 - Dribbling and Shooting Week 9 - Me and My Partner
Week 5 - Dribbling and Shooting Week 10 - Me and My Team

 

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. 


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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

 

Please use the Document search below to download our U8 plans from previous years. 

Document Description Post Date
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 10 - Me and My Team .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Capture the Balls Castle Combat Up and Down Numbers Get Outta There 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 9 - Me and My Partner .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Cops and Robbers Pairs Cops and Robbers 2v2 (More Passes, More Points) 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 8 - Passing, 2v1's and 2v2's .PDF Document Pairs Passing Competitions Pairs Passing with Defenders 2v1 to Goal 2v2 to Goals at Either End 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 7 - Dribbling, Passing and 2v1's .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Ball Tag Freeze Tag Combat 2v1 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 6 - Dribbling, Passing and 2v1's .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Dribbling gates with Defenders Gates Passing Get Outta There 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 5 - Dribbling and Shooting .PDF Document Angry Birds 1v1 Dribble Combat 4 Corner Shooting Get Outta There 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
U8 Spring 2016 - Week 4 - Dribbling and Shooting .PDF Document Pattern Dribble Danger Zone 2v1 Four Corners 2v2 4v4 Mar 21, 2016
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
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