Know Your U-6 Player Copy 2017-06-21T09:17:56-08:00

“Our parents bring us to you to play a game.  Even though we may look like pros in our uniforms, we’re not mini-adults; we’re children!

“We don’t have a soccer background. We need to learn from others by seeing and imitating. You are our role model and you must teach us.

“We have a very difficult time cooperating with others. Self-centeredness and boastfulness are beginning to decline, but we enjoy group play, showing a preference for small groups.

“We are interested in learning. Many of us know our right from our left, and playing soccer is stimulating for us. We like structure and are willing to apply rules. We’re aware of the rules governing cooperative play, but it’s best to use simple rules only.

“Remember, we had to crawl, walk, run, jump, and hop in that order, so we will develop our soccer skills the same way.

“In general, we will ‘play at’ soccer by imitating rather than actually ‘playing’ soccer. The fun lies in us just kicking the ball rather than passing to a teammate or shooting at the goal.

“The opportunity to experiment with techniques is more important to us than success in the technique. We do not understand the concept of winning/losing, and will therefore believe everyone is a winner!”


Your U-6 Player

Work with the ball to:

  • develop eye/foot coordination

  • develop soccer technique

  • build ball control confidence

Large field of Play to:

  • keep the ball in continuous play

  • provide more space in which to perform

  • create more opportunities to recover after a mistake

 Fewer opposing players to:

  • assure an increased number of touches with the ball

  • create more opportunities to succeed against opposition

First attacker KYP Headers

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  • They will attack both goals. They will release the ball too early – they may not release the ball at all.

  • They think that the game ball is their own ‘toy.’ Most children will want to get possession of the ball to score.

  • They’ll react too quickly to the flight of the ball.

  • They may shoot toward both goals.

  • Don’t expect any fakes or feints.

  • They can’t find teammates to pass to.

  • They will ‘bunch’ around the ball and run in the direction the ball is traveling!

  • They will not understand the concept of space, so any encouragement to ‘spread out’ is absolutely pointless.

  • They will happily chase after the ball while attacking and defending.

  • They will run and change direction in short bursts until they get tired.

  • They cannot, and will not, look for space to run into.

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  • They will defend both goals.  They will kick at the ball with all their might – they may not kick the ball at all.

  • They think that since the game ball is their own ‘toy’, they must get it back.

  • They will chase after the ball because adults are telling them to “get the ball!”

  • During the game it is more like ‘finding’ the ball.

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  • They are not defending a goal but happily chasing after the ball.

  • They may simply watch the ball, or chase after it in the same way, as if attacking.

  • They will happily chase after the ball while attacking and defending.

  • They will run and change direction in short bursts until they get tired.

At this age interest in playing soccer needs to be developed in an enjoyable way, so that the children will eventually end up loving to play the game.

It is a fact that coaching younger players can be especially challenging.  Keep in mind that U-6 players can be impatient and easily distracted. This should be expected.  Don’t get frustrated. You can reach and teach all players with the right approach.

The FUNdamental SOCCER Practice is a youth soccer coaching approach that has been proven to work with children. No More: Drills, Eye-foot coordination games, Soccer related games, Lines, Laps and Lectures. It uses a methodology that is often at odds with the traditional methods, but really works with children.

Learn about the FUNdamental SOCCER Practice
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