U7 (2011) Age Group

Updated Sunday September 10, 2017 by Maggie Slater.

U7 (2011)

Gender specific - 4 v 4 on a micro-field with coaches on the field.

  • Micro soccer with 4 v. 4 with maximum 6 on a team in the fall, 4 v. 4 with maximum 8 on a team in the spring
  • Goalkeepers are added during the spring season
  • Skills and game day – Short skills warm-up with 2 x 20 minute game
  • Coach teaches skills
  • Coach on the field during the game, no referees
  • Start to instruct the rules of the game to get them ready for U8
  • Goalies may not punt
  • Weekday practices are recommended.  Practices still need to be fun.
  • Learn the “triangle”

Age group goal – Have more fun!

Objectives

  • Dribbling with all parts of the foot
  • Dribbling and avoiding others
  • Receiving the ball with foot, thigh, and chest
  • Turning with the ball with inside, outside, and sole of the foot
  • Kicking with the instep and outside of the foot
  • Throw-ins
  • Goalkeeper skills – catching, blocking, bowling the ball

Tactics

  • Spreading wide on goal kicks and on passes
  • Defensive positioning – Goal-side on corner kicks and throw-ins

Coach’s role: Chief learner and researcher of the game