What to Teach U-6 Players
The fascination for the ball, desire to play with it and thrill of scoring goals are mayor characteristic of U-6 age group. The joy and pleasure of the game are best nurtured by encouraging freedom of expression and organizing play in small groups.
The environment and activities are more important than technical coaching at this level. Coach is friendly helper, facilitator, organizer and motivator. The Coach should be patient, enthusiastic, and imaginative. The Coach should experiment with fun activities that include all players.
Recommended License: The U-6/U-8 State Youth Module is required. The National Youth License is recommended.
What to teach U6 Players (Game Components)
Keep the ball close (with toe and inside of foot) Moves …
stops & go and 1/2 turns.
Kicking the ball at the goal (with toe, inside of foot, and laces).
Toss to self and catch.
Where is the field; Moving in correct direction (which goal to kick at); Dealing with ball rolling away and toward.
Balance; Running; Jumping; Rolling; Hopping; Skipping
Sharing; Fair Play; Dealing with parental involvement(confusion); “How to play”; Emotional management
The Training Session (general information)
The training session should involve fun and imaginative game
Facilitate fun activities that draw out the skill in the player.
Small-sided games such as 1 v1, 2v 1, 2 v 2, should be
included as well.
Training should always conclude with a 3 v 3 game without
goalkeepers if possible.
The duration of the training session should be 45-60 minutes.
Game duration: four 8-minutes quarters. / Playing numbers:3v3
Possible Formation: 1-2; 2-1