"Coaching U8 soccer"

What U8 soccer players should learn?

Coaching at the U8 soccer age group should build on what kids have learned at the U6 level.

Now, in saying that coaches will always get players of varying levels and this is the art if coaching.The coach must be able to cater to players that have some skills and players that are less experienced.

So here is what the coach should introduced to the players...

Restarts like corners, goal-kicks and indirect kicks begin to come into play at this age.

The players should be introduced to the soccer restarts, but in my opinion the restarts should not be a point of emphasis, but soccer skills and small sided soccer games should be pushed in the soccer practices...

  • Basic soccer restarts kick off and drop ball.
  • Additional soccer fouls of pushing,
    holding and tripping.
  • Basic sportsmanship.
  • Team bonding and fun.

These fundamentals will set up a good foundation for the young U8 player.

What soccer skills should be introduced?

Start out by teaching...

The basic dribbling, passing and receiving, ball control and shooting skills are very important. This takes time for the coach to develop and requires some patience.

Once the player is comfortable with the soccer ball this will allow them to lift their head to look around the field...presto, you have a player that can make decisions - well it's not that easy but you get the drift.

Check out this dribbling and turning

Dribbling the soccer ball

Soccer tactics

How does the player triangle relate to small sided games and the relationship between the player and everyone else on the field? The kids start to figure out they can share the soccer ball.

I like to teach in 3v3 or 4v4 games because the triangles show up all over the field, and the kids get lots of touches on the soccer ball.

Check out a 4v4 games here with good coaching.

Once the player receives the soccer ball they have to make a decision to pass or dribble the soccer ball. Here is sample soccer practice the soccer coaches can use in their soccer practices.



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