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U7/8 Age Group -- 4v4 Play Format

A series of training sessions from US Soccer have been uploaded to assist the novice coach with this age group. Feel free to click on the link and download them. These training sessions follow the Play-Practice-Play format.

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.

Characteristics of the U8 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


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