U7 and U8 Section
The U7/8 section has a total of 55 activities broken into 11 practice sessions. Each session has five activities. We still recommend a practice time of one hour, but with the player’s growing attention span, only five activities are needed to maintain the player’s enthusiasm.
Each training session begins with a warm-up activity that introduces each player to the topic of the session. The session progresses with age appropriate activities that challenge the player on the topic. Topics include passing, receiving, dribbling, shooting, and the diamond shape. Every practice ends with a small sided game that shows the coach how to adapt this game so the skill learned during practice is reviewed and performed in repetition.
All activities are explained with text and include coaching points. The U7/8 section also has numerous observations of U7/8 practices and games with additional suggestions on how coaches can improve their player’s performances.