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U8 - U10

Being Competitive

Fun keep away.

Area – 20 x 20. This exercise shows eight players. Two yellow defenders and six dark attackers. All the dark players have a soccer ball.

1. The exercise starts with the two defenders entering the area and attempting to kick all the balls out of the playing area.

2. The dark players dribble and shield their ball from the defenders.

3. If a dark players ball is kicked out, they now become a support player for the other dark players.

4. You will eventually end up with one soccer ball and a 6 v 2.

5. Switch defenders.

Coaching points:

When a player loses the ball, they must look around the area for the players that need help.

Dribbling and shielding. Communication and the use of space If the last ball gets kicked out, bring in another ball and coach spacing.

Area – Three 12 x 12 boxes with 4 players in boxes 1, 2 and 3 with one ball in each box.

1. Two players start at the cones on the end-line as shown.

2. The players that are in the 12 x 12 area pass the ball and move in their own area working on their technique.

3. On the coaches signal, the two players sprint round the cones to box one and enter the 12 x 12 area.

4. They attempt to win the ball while the 4 players play keep away.

5. Once they win the ball, they move into box two until they have won the ball and then into box three. Once they win the ball in box three, they sprint past the end line.

6. The coach times the players to see how long it takes.

Coaching points:

Praise the competitive actions

Team work.


Area: 30 x 40 with two goals. The teams are divided into defenders (Dark) and attackers (Red) with two goalkeepers. Attacking players are split into 3 groups, A, B and C, while defenders are in two groups either side of the goal, D & E.

1. 3 attackers get ready. Play starts from the coach who chips the ball to C.

2. As soon as the pass is played, players A & B run around the outer cones marked 1 & 2 and players D & E run around the cones marked 3 & 4.

3. Player C attacks the opposite goal and will be joined by team mates A & B.

4. A 3 v 2 is played. If the defenders win the ball they can attack the opposite goal.

Coaching points:

The support of A & B are crucial. They have to be quick to support player C.

Player C has to entice player D or E towards the ball to create space for their team mates.

Offside rule is in play.

  • Decision making
  • Team work
  • Players have to concentrate on the task
  • Team mates will verbally help a team mate
  • Playing numbers down
  • Fun
Psychological / Social
  • Competitive
  • Go, go , go
  • You need the coach to be enthusiastic
  • Short bursts of energy
  • 1 v 1 battles
  • 60 - 90 minute session
  • Close ball control
  • Dribbling
  • Turns
  • Using inside, outside and sole of the foot
  • Passing
  • Shielding
  • Shooting
  • Field awareness
  • Decision making
  • Pass to team mate or dribble
  • Find space
  • Defend - Pressure and cover
  • Movement
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