U9 (2009)/10 (2008) Age Group

Updated Wednesday July 19, 2017 by Maggie Slater.

U9 (2009) U10 (2008)

Gender specific - 6 v 6 on a mid-sized field.

  • Modified soccer – 7 v. 7 with maximum 12 on a team
  • Game day – 2 x 25 minute halves
  • Practice at least once a week
  • FIFA substitution rules
  • Offsides will be called, but no penalty kicks
  • Goalies may punt the ball, but encourage them to throw and bowl the ball
  • Encourage the goalie to support the players on the field, not just stand in goal

Age group goal – Have fun with competition, establish combinations

Objectives

  • Dribbling and lifting the ball
  • Pulling the “V”
  • Step over turns
  • Dribbling under pressure to the goal
  • Receiving and changing direction with the ball without stopping
  • Chipping the ball to pass
  • Receiving under pressure (3 looks)
  • Passing and pace of passes
  • Crosses and long passes
  • Shooting with power
  • Shooting under pressure
  • Offensive heading – jump to head.  Defensive heading – high, wide, and far
  • Goalkeeping skills – diving, catching high balls, blocking, punching
  • Communicating

Tactics

  • Offensive combination play – wall passes, overlaps, drop passes (2 v. 1)
  • Width and depth – running without the ball