The aim of the game is for players to pass the ball to the opposite colour each time so it goes red to yellow, yellow to red. MORE
My 12-point grassroots coaching plan – U7s-U8s
I have been looking through my curriculum for the youngest age group Under7- Under 8 to help out some parent coaches that have come to me for advise as they had volunteered to take they younger age groups next season. A couple of them asked how I’d kick things off, and I thought I’d share with you what my plan will be. My immediate thoughts are that I want my players to be technically good. I’ll then mix that in with a few speed of movement skills. Initially I will use unopposed sessions until my players are up to speed. I can then put in opposition to make the task harder.
Here’s my 12-point technical plan. I will tell players to:
- 1. Use side of the foot and instep to kick the ball both along the ground and through the air with accuracy.
- 2. Use all parts of the body to keep the ball in the air… apart from the arms!
- 3. Control the ball with all parts of the body… apart from arms!
- 4. Concentrate on accuracy of passing when on the move.
- 5. Shoot at goal with accuracy, which takes priority over power.
- 6. Concentrate on crossing accuracy to near and far posts. This will take some time with the younger ones and therefore crossing will be initially about direction rather than power.
- 7. Try to gain confidence in defensive and attacking heading using the right technique (Check local rules on heading the ball).
- 8 Take on board 1v1 skills that give them the ability to get past an opponent using feints and stepovers.
- 9. Practice quick passing tactics to get past opponents with skills like wall passes.
- 10. Practice individual techniques like shielding, recovering, tackling.
- 11. Take notice of the correct technique and tactics for throw-ins.
- 12. Appreciate the art of set pieces, freekicks, corners and penalties.
This is my initial technical blueprint. Of course, as players develop you need to think about tactics, positional play and a code of conduct that comes outside of this, but as a pretty thorough technical game plan, I can’t wait to hear from the coaches about how they are progressing.