U9 Coaching Resources | Mars Area Soccer Club

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U9 Practice Session Plans

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us 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.
  • Are starting 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 U7 players.

Below are 10 Lesson Plans designed for the U8-U9 player. Simply click on the soccer ball.

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Weekly Lesson Plans Published by Massachusetts Youth Soccer





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