U8 | U9 – Elites Soccer Youth Development academy

U8 | U9

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What to Teach U-8 Players


This is age where players can begin to understand the concept of working with a teammate. Willingness to intentionally pass the ball to someone is just beginning to take hold. In this age group, the player begins to think beyond their personal needs and actively begins to cooperate with a teammate. Still, continuous individual ball work is highly important.


  1.   COACHThe role of the coach in the U-8 age group is to be sensitive
    and patient teacher with an enthusiastic and imaginative  approach. It is helpful to have the ability to demonstrate and understand technique.

Recommended License: The U6/U8 State Youth Module is required. The National Youth License is recommended.


What to teach U-8 Players (Game Components)

  1.   TECHNIQUES (skills)


With outside of the foot; Change of speed and direction; Moves…, fakes one way go the other way


Ground balls with inside, outside, and sole of the foot; bouncing balls with various body parts; Ball lifting and juggling


With toe, inside of foot and laces

With toe, inside of foot and laces



From self and from partner; Rolling, bouncing, and air balls


  1. TACTICS (decisions)

Being exposed to all positions; 1 v1 attacking; 1 v 1 defending; 2 v 1 attacking; introduce the names of positions; shape (triangles, diamonds, box)


  1. FITNESS (basic movement education)

Introduce the idea of warm-up; Agility; Leaping; Tumbling; Eye/foot & Eye/hand coordination


  1. PSYCHOLOGY (mental and social)

Working in pairs; Sportsmanship; Dealing with parental involvement: “How to play” (social cooperation); Emotional management


The Training Session (general information)

Light coaching on simple technique is appropriate (dribbling,
passing, and receiving)

Small-sided directional games such as 1 v 1, 2 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 2,
and 3 v 3 should be included as well. Simple explanations
regarding shape and position.

Training should always conclude with a 4 v 4 game without

The duration of the training session should be 60-75 minutes.

Game duration: four 12- minutes’ quarters. / Playing numbers:
4 v 4 (No goalkeepers)

Possible Formation: 2-2 (square); 1-2-1 (diamond)

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