Components of the Game
Physical: Agility, eye-foot and eye-hand coordination, balance, leaping, bounding, tumbling, catching, throwing, pulling, pushing, warm-up activities and movement education. Continue education on sports nutrition with players and parents.
Technical: Experiment with the qualities of a rolling or spinning ball. Introduce ball lifting, juggling, block tackle, receiving ground balls with the inside and sole of the foot, shooting with the inside of the foot, toe passing and shooting and dribbling while changing direction. Introduce the push pass.
Psycho-Social: Encourage working in pairs, sportsmanship, parental involvement, how to play, emotional management, creativity, dynamic activities, participation of all players and a safe and fun environment. There is still a short attention span unless the player has peaked (keep interest high). Like to show what they can do – encourage trying new things. Developing self-esteem – activities should foster positive feedback and attainable positive success.
Tactical: 1v1 attack and choosing to dribble or pass. Introduce the names of positions (fullbacks and forwards). Institute games of 2v1, 1v2 and 2v2, playing with the ball with a purpose and promote problem solving.
Typical Training Session
- Free play or a warm-up, each player with a ball, dynamic stretching and soccernastics.
(approximately 15 minutes)
- A mixture of individual and partner activities. Add more maze-type games. Introduce target games with a variety of player combinations: 1v1, 2v1, 1v2 and 2v2.
(approximately 25 minutes)
- Conclude with a small-sided practice game of 4v4, two goals and no goalkeepers.
(approximately 20 minutes)
- Field Size Ranges (yards): Length 25-35, Width 15-25
- Maximum Goal Size (feet): Height 4, Length 6
- Ball Size: 3
- Players: 4v4, (No Goal Keepers)
- Offside: No
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