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U8 - U10


  • 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

Area – 15 x 15. This exercise shows 9 players. Two players have a soccer ball.

The exercise starts with the two players with a ball dribbling around the area and trying to hit the other players below the knee.

1. This has to be done with a side foot pass.

2. If a player is hit below the knee they go and collect a ball from the coach and become a tagger.

3. Play until all players have been hit.

4. Change starting taggers.

Coaching points:

The players with the ball must show energy, movement with the ball and quick turning reactions while chasing players. Do not allow this to get out of hand. Emphasize the importance of the pass. Pass with the side of your foot. The contact made on the ball is in the middle, not on the bottom. Aim for the legs. If players kick their ball out, they have to retrieve it.

Area: 25 x 20 with two goals. This exercise shows 12 players. Designate two defenders. All other players have a ball each are are spread out equally on the 4 corners.

1. One defender is on the middle cone while the other one rests.

2. Two outside players attacks the goal they are facing. These players must be diagonal from each other, as shown in the diagram.

3. The defender chooses which attacker they want to tackle.

4. The two attacking players options - One has to dribble round the defender while the other player can run with the ball to goal.

5. When the exercise is over the coach adds the next defender while the other defender rests. The coach now calls out for the attackers to start.


If the defender wins the ball, they can go and score.

Once the attackers get passed the halfway point, another defender can go in.

Coaching points:

Opposed you will dribble. Unopposed you will run with the ball.

Quick attack, drive forward.

1v1 - Area 25 x 35. 4 v 4 plus goalkeepers. One player from each teams acts as a ‘sweeper’ (S) while the others form three 1v1’s.

1. Players can only attack / defend against their direct marker.

2. The sweeper is allowed to support a team mate who is defending a 1v1 to create a 1v2 (Cover)

3. The attacker can decide to beat both or can pass to a team mate who is in a better position to do something with the ball.

4. If the sweeper ever receives the ball they must quickly pass it to a team mate.

Coaching points:

Close ball control and protection

Close 1v1 defending

Accurate passing and shooting

Decision making

Movement off the ball to receive a pass.

  • Close ball control
  • Dribbling
  • Turns
  • Using inside, outside and sole of the foot
  • Passing
  • Shielding
  • Shootin
  • Field awareness
  • Decision making
  • Pass to team mate or dribble
  • Find space
  • Defend - Pressure and cover
  • Movement
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