Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): U8 Introduction to skills

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Graham Maclean
Name: Graham Maclean
City: Virginia
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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U8 Introduction to rules


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Red Light/Green light

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Red Light/Green light (15 mins)

Each player has a ball. Have the players try to use the 4 surfaces of the foot in 1 fluid motion in this order: Inside, Outside, Laces and Bottom. Transfer the ball from the right to left foot after they stop the ball with the bottom (sole of the shoe) When the players display proficiency, challenge them to do it faster and in a smaller space.

Coaching Points:

What are the surfaces of the foot that a player can use to dribble?

Why is it important to keep the ball close during this activity?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical unopposed

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Technical unopposed (20 mins)

Red Light/Green Light:

All players are dribbling freely. When the coach says “red light” the players must stop and put their foot on the ball. When the coach says “yellow light” the players must dribble slowly, and when the coach says “green light” the players must dribble fast.

Coach: Control the frequency of light changes.

Variation: Now the colors are the surfaces: Yellow= outside of the foot, Blue= inside of the foot, Green= Laces push, Red= Stop.

Coaching Points/Questions:

What parts of the foot do players use to stop the ball?

When the light turns green, where do players want to try to dribble?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical with pressure

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Technical with pressure (20 mins)

Same as excercise above but with goals to dribble through. At signal "green light" the players must dribble to goals. How many can they score before "red light"?

Add in 1 or 2 defenders to increase pressure on the players.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game 4v4

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Game 4v4 (20 mins)

Game 4v4

When the ball goes out bounds on the sideline, please say RED LIGHT (all the players shall stop)

Place the soccer ball on the side line and allow the player to kick it in or dribble it into the field

When the ball goes out of bound on the end line, please say RED LIGHT (opposite team will regroup by the mid line)

The Kicking team will place the soccer ball about 1-2 yards in front of the goal and kick it to a teammate

Corners (optional)

When the defending team kicks the ball over the end line the other team will place the ball on the corner and kick it in. the defending team must be at least 4-5 yards away from the ball


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