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Under 5 Lesson 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 5 player.

  • Focused on themselves – reality to them is based on what they see and feel
  • Unable to see the world from another’s perspective
  • Everything is in the here and now
  • Cooling systems are less efficient - need frequent water breaks
  • Enjoy playing, not watching. Every player should have a ball in practice
  • Limited attention span - keep directions concise and to the point
  • Effort is performance – if they try hard, they are doing well
  • Active imaginations – utilize their imaginations in activities, they will love practice!
  • Look for adult approval – be encouraging when they say “Coach, look what I can do!”
  • Unable to think abstractly – spatial relationships are a mystery
  • Typically have 2 speeds -- extremely fast and stopped
  • Usually unaware of game scores – keep it that way

Below are 8 Lesson Plans designed specifically for the U5 player. Simply click on the soccer ball.

 
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Weekly U5 Lesson Plans developed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer