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.
Still unable 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 U6 players.
Below are two full-season courses each with 10 Lesson Plans designed for the U7-U8 player. Simply click the link next to the soccer ball.
Weekly Lesson Plans Published by Massachusetts Youth Soccer
GRASS-ROOTS EDUCATION: PLAY-PRACTICE-PLAY
THE FOOTBALL SKILLS COACH Taught by Joe Flurry - UEFA qualified professional football coach. Step by step video tutorials for 1v1 Moves, Turns and Ball Mastery techniques taught by elite football clubs.
How to do Toe Taps on Top of Ball - Football Soccer Quick Feet Tutorial.