U8 (2010) Age Group

Updated Wednesday July 19, 2017 by Maggie Slater.

U8 (2010)

Gender specific - 4 v 4 on a micro field with a goalkeeper and coaches are replaced on the field with referees.

  • Modified soccer – 4 v. 4 with maximum of 8 on a team
  • Game day – 2 x 25 minute halves with referee controlling and timing substitutions
  • Play 3 field players and goalkeeper
  • All players play offense and defense.  Encourage goalkeepers to enter field and be a “sweeper keeper”
  • Teach supportive play, not positions
  • One practice per week
  • Referees help teach the rules during the game
  • All goal kicks are taken from the goal box line.  Encourage keeper to run up to the ball to distribute the ball.  NO PUNTING
  • No penalty kicks or offsides

Age group goal – Have fun with skill!  Learn complex triangle (diamond).  Support teammates both offensively and defensively.

Objective

  • Dribbling with change of pace
  • Stepping over the ball and turning
  • Cutting the with speed
  • Shielding under pressure
  • Receiving and not stopping the ball
  • Receiving and looking for teammates
  • Passing with inside, outside, and instep of the foot
  • Lifting the ball for passing
  • Heading with proper technique
  • Shooting with the instep
  • Finishing with the inside and outside of the foot
  • Tackling
  • Throw-ins with step and toe drag
  • Goalkeeping – throwing, bowling, catching, beginning to dive

Tactics

  • Spreading wide on offense – getting width
  • Goal-side defense – shrinking the field
  • Support offense and defense
  • Passing and moving to space
  • Using body space (arms)

Coach’s role: Increase your knowledge of the game, continue to have fun