A typical U8 soccer practice should always include lots of skill work and fun soccer games. The kids are still learning to play the game and becoming more aware of what is going on around them. I like to start the practice out with some fun coordination games.
The young soccer players are becoming more aware of their team mates and these games help foster a sense of team and working together.
Make it a competition and see who gets back first...
Once the players have gone through all the warm ups I like to play a fun tag game that really get the players going.
Tag games replicate soccer movements - quick stops and starts and changes of direction for U8 soccer practices.
Variation: The tagger keeps the scrimmage vest and the player that got tagged has to stand with his or her feet apart - like a gate - the other players have to free the player by crawling between the legs.
Add a soccer ball to this U8 soccer practice game.
The coach pairs the players up - each pair has two soccer balls...
Coaching points: Encourage the players to get their heads up when they dribble. Ask the player that is the tractor to throw some feints or moves in to see if he or she can get away from the trailer.
After a few games I like to work on some soccer moves like a step over or v-move for for 5-10 min.
Move the kids into a small sided games when the kids are finished having so much fun. My aim for the soccer practice is to get the players having fun and get as many touches on the ball as possible.