The Official Sporting Goods Retailer of Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Braintree, MA

250 Grossman Drive, Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: (781) 380-3380

 Danvers, MA
100 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: (978) 750-0060

 Framingham, MA
Shopper's World, Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 620-2271

 Holyoke, MA
50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 493-7091

 Hyannis, MA
790 Route 13,  Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 771-2103

 Mansfield, MA
280 School Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: (508) 339-3010

 Marlborough, MA
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: (508) 229-0343

 Milford, MA
101 Cedar Street, Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 634-4060

 Plymouth, MA
90 Shops At 5 Way, The Shops at 5
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: (508) 747-9719

 Somerville, MA
133 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: (617) 629-0102

 Watertown, MA
485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 926-0706

296 Mishawum Road, Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 935-5388


Amherst, NH
123 State Route 101A, Amherst, NH 03031
Phone: (603) 594-3041

 Manchester, NH
1051 S Willow Street, Manchester, NH 03103
Phone: (603) 624-6200

 Nashua, NH
213 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: (603) 891-1174

 Salem, NH
290 S Broadway, Salem, NH 03079
Phone: (603) 890-3791


Middletown, RI
1315 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 848-9170

Narragansett, RI
91 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: (401) 782-1211

 Warwick, RI
Warwick Mall, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 732-0389

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 characteristerics 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 

Mass Youth Soccer uses ASC Session Template
software to develop our coaching curriculums. ASC
is used by coaches at every level of the game, and
it has become an essential resource for players,
coaches, and others who work in soccer education!

Below are 8 Practice Plans designed specifically for the U8 player:

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