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
Below are 8 Lesson Plans designed specifically for the U8 player. Simply click on the soccer ball.
U8 WEEK 1 U8 WEEK 2
U8 WEEK 3 U8 WEEK 4
U8 WEEK 5 U8 WEEK 6
U8 WEEK 7 U8 WEEK 8
To access U8 Lesson Plans from the Spring of 2012
To access the U8 Lesson Plans from the Fall of 2012
To access the U8 Lesson Plans for 2011