In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for coaches 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 11 player.
Attention span lengthens and they start to show the ability to sequence thoughts and actions.
They start to think ahead and think “If this, then that”.
More inclined towards wanting to play soccer rather than being told to play.
Demonstrate increased self-responsibility.
They start to recognize fundamental tactical concepts.
Begin to become aware of peer pressure.
Players affiliate with their team or their coach.
There is a wide continuum of maturity evident on most teams.
This is still a crucial age for technical skill development.
Below are 10 Lesson Plans designed for the U11 player.