U11 (2007)/12 (2006) Age Group

Updated Wednesday July 19, 2017 by Maggie Slater.

U11 (2007) U12 (2006)

Co-Ed - 8 v 8 on a modified full-size field.

  • Modified soccer – 9 v. 9 with 16 maximum on a team
  • FIFA rules
  • Game day – 2 x 30 minute halves
  • Practice at least once a week
  • Penalty kicks and offsides

Age group goals – “Competition to learn”  This is the golden age of teaching and learning

Objectives

  • Dribbling in the defensive end
  • Feints
  • Receiving the ball out of the air
  • Receiving and turning under pressure
  • Three and two touch passing
  • Chipping and crossing under pressure
  • Shooting – side volleys and volleys
  • Heading – offensively and defensively over an opponent
  • Controlling and shooting difficult balls
  • Goalies – covering angles and parries
  • Communication with teammates
  • Three touch turn

Tactics

  • Combination play – wall passes, overlaps, drop passes, take overs (2 v. 1, 3 v. 1, 3 v. 2)
  • Positions – different thirds of the field (Offensive, Midfield, Defensive), switching positions
  • Defensive containment, recovery, and support
  • Moving out of your end
  • Running off of the ball, diagonal runs, bent runs

Coach’s role:  Understand the game so you can encourage growth and development.  Seek out answers.