Fundamental Youth Soccer

Four Practice Sessions for U6

First Practice Session

Theme: 9-Step Practice Routine

Before Practice

  • Arrive early with another adult and inspect the field (safety)
  • Get to know players by name and socialize
  • Encourage players to get to know each other and socialize
  • Teach them to play a FUN game

Step 1: BEGIN THE PRACTICE

  • Have an ‘official’ beginning (teach them a team cheer)
  • Cover practice session rules (concentration and discipline)
  • Tell them what they will learn (Theme – Explanation)
  • Show them what they will learn (Theme – Demonstration)

Step 2: WARM UP

  • Each player with a ball and two cones
  • Teach them the ‘Figure 8 Stretch Routine’

Step 3: 1 v 1: PLAYERS LEARN USING STOPPAGES (PLUS)

  • Cooperative time -
    • Let them know there will be stoppages
    • Teach them how to play the 1 1 and 1 v 1 games
      • Show & Tell them – What the field must look like
        • How to make a ‘goal at least 3 yd wide
        • How to step off the distance between goals – at least 10 yd apart
        • How to step off the distance between adjacent goals – at least 5 yd apart
      • Show and Tell them how to play the 1 v 1 game
        • ‘How to’ start the game – The Serve
        • ‘How to’ attack the opponents goal – 1st Attacker
        • ‘How to’ defend one’s own goal – 1st Defender
        • ‘How to’ continue playing after a goal is scored (no stoppages)
        • ‘How the game is stopped’ – The Signal
        • ‘How to’ report the score – Active or Inactive Rest
        • ‘How to’ rotate – Getting ready to face the next opponent

Step 4: 1 v 1: Coach is Verbally Silent

  • Competitive Game -
    • Let them know there will be NO stoppages
    • Players attempting to score against each other

Step 5: Half-Time Break

  • Teach them what will take place (rest, water, review of the first half of practice
  • Teach what what to expect in second half of practice (small sided games & scrimmage)

Step 6: Small Sided Games – Cooperative and Competitive

  • Cooperative – Give instructions while they are playing
  • Competitive – Be verbally silent and take notes

Step 7: Scrimmage – Cooperative and Competitive

  • Cooperative – Give instructions while they are playing
  • Competitive – Be verbally silent and take notes

Step 8: Cool Down

  • Stretch and give individual compliments

Step 9: End Practice

  • Compliment the Team and review what was learned
    • Assign them homework – play 1 v 1 at home

After Practice

  • Make sure all the players have a ride home
  • Leave the field cleaner than it was when you arrived
  • Be the last person to leave the facility
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