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Coaching U10 Soccer

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Soccer

Tactical

As players start to reach the “Golden Age of Learning”, we are able to continue to layer lessons on top of each other. They will remember from  one training session to the next concepts and ideas that you introduced. While spatial awareness is only starting in on the awareness radar, players will begin to understand their role on the field. Instead of providing specific direction to a player, the opportunity to define roles is more important. Players at this age are still playing small-sided games and should be exposed to playing all positions. Soccer skill development should be the focus as opposed to tactics.

U10 Tactics

 

Fitness

Players at U9 and U10 still possess immature bodies and their work rates need to be monitored closely. Due to the lack of physical maturity, fitness should not be a focus at these ages. This means that fitness work – outside of warm-ups or cool-downs – like laps, sprints and pushups are for naught. Their bodies are not ready to receive this type of attention. Fitness can be naturally developed through the intensity of the work completed during your training sessions. This is enough fitness for players at this age.

U10 Fitness

 

Technical

Skills, skills and more skills. As player’s fine motor skills develop, you have an awesome opportunity to layer on top additional, more complex skills. For instance, players should have the capacity to dribble with both feet (although reluctantly) and should use that foundation to develop moves to beat a defender. Step overs are always a great opportunity to start as a “first” move that works at all levels of the game. The continued focus should be on skill development at this age.

U10 Technical

 

Psychological

A fragile ego and a development of self awareness mark U9 and U10 soccer. Players will want to wear the “right” gear to practice and social acceptance is central to keeping players interested. Maintaining a positive team environment is a key role for a soccer coach at this age due to the subgroups that can develop. Keep a keen eye to how you form pairs and groups to ensure that players have opportunities to pair with different players – otherwise, you’ll have the same pairs for each group.

U10 Psychology

 

Team Management

At U9 and U10 soccer, you are bridging the gap from U8 players dependent upon their parents between U12 players who are wholly trying to assert themselves in the world. Since kids develop at different rates, some players will need more coddling and direction compared to more independent players finding their way. It is appropriate to consider tournaments for your team (which adds to your responsibility) and finding a level of play that works with your skill development and commitment of your team.

U10 Team Management

 
 

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How to Increase your Speed of Play – Turn – Soccer Training Videos

Learn how to increase your speed of play in this soccer training video. This is one soccer exercise in the Montz Exercise Series. Soccer videos like this one will help you think faster on the ball.

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Area of Soccer:
Psychological

Psychology of a Penalty Kick [Player Perspective]

One of the most mentally tough situations in the game of soccer is taking a penalty kick. When you step up to the line, your heart is probably pounding and a million thoughts are going through your mind. What can you do to calm your nerves and assure that you hit the back of the net?

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Soccer Moves: How to do a Step Over in Soccer [OSA Video]

Learn how to do a step over in soccer in this Online Soccer Academy soccer training video. The Step Over is a great attacking move in soccer to escape a defender when dribbling a soccer ball.

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Creativity in Soccer; It is Child’s Play Really

I’ve been reading about the current lack of creativity in soccer players in the press. Coaching, it seems, has focussed heavily on the technical, tactical and physical development of players for the last few years. However there seems to have been little done to enhance creativity, innovation and flair. Where’s the flair?

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Area of Soccer:
Fitness

Fitness Insider: Nutrition Rules to Live By [LA Galaxy]

Player fitness isn’t just about cardio. Nutrition is a key component to player fitness. Eating the “right” foods will fuel the tank and prepare you for optimum performance on a soccer field. But, what should you be eating? How can you prepare yourself to play soccer from a nutritional standpoint?

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How to Deliver A Proper Soccer Training Session

The core responsibility of a soccer coach lies in delivering amazing soccer training sessions that develop the individual players and team. Taking the time to prepare is one thing, but knowing how to prepare is another. Learn how to deliver a proper training session!

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Soccer Warm-up Essentials – What, Why & How

What is the purpose of the soccer warm-up? Why do we warm-up? How do we warm-up? The majority of coaches and players will perform some form of warm-up prior to training or competition but how often do we actually take the time to think about the most important aspects?

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Area of Soccer:
Technical

30 Minute Soccer Training Session #4 [OSA Video]

The 30 minute soccer training session #4 is an Online Soccer Academy soccer training session you can do in your backyard on your own time outside of team soccer practice. This session combines agility training, dribbling and juggling for a complete session.

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Why Goal Setting and Self Evaluation Works for Athletes

The one thing that separates the successful athletes who reach their highest potential level from those who don’t are the ones who lack focus. Focus defined is the concentration of attention or energy on something: i.e. a goal. As an athlete looking to make it in their respective sport, whether its high school, collegiate, professional or Olympic level, having a focused and clear goal-oriented mindset is what will propel the athlete towards success.

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Area of Soccer:
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Soccer Move: How to do a Cruyff Turn [OSA Video]

Learn how to do a Cruyff turn in soccer in this week’s Online Soccer Academy soccer training video. A Cruyff turn, sometimes misspelled Croyth, is a classic soccer move used to escape defenders when dribbling a soccer ball.

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