HOWARD FIRE FC 8U CURRICULUM
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 8U AGE GROUP
Although 8U children may begin to be far more physically and maturationally advanced than 6U children, we must remain patient and not try to force them to develop too quickly. Dribbling still needs to be the primary focus of our efforts, though passing and shooting should be introduced at this age as well. U8 players tend to work best when in pairs and we should allow them to work in pairs (coach selected) often. Similar to the 6U children, we need to make sure that fun is a central theme in practice. Player development will occur most appropriately and expeditiously if all players are enjoying themselves.
This is the age where players can begin to understand the concept of working with a teammate. The notion, or willingness, to intentionally pass the ball to someone is just beginning to take hold. Coaches will have more success encouraging players to pass the ball in the seven to eight year old age group. In this age group, the player begins to think beyond their personal needs and actively begins to cooperate with a teammate. However, players in this age group must continue individual ball work.
Below are a series of lesson plans designed for the 8U age group, as provided from WYSA's Craig Carlson from his Y1 Course.
ROLE OF THE 8U COACH
The role of the coach in the 8U age group is to be a sensitive and patient teacher with an enthusiastic and imaginative approach. It is helpful if they have the ability to demonstrate and very important that they understand technique.
8U SEASON OBJECTIVES & GOALS
- USYS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM
- MASSACHUSETTES YOUTH SOCCER CURRICULUM
- US SOCCER CURRICULUM