U6 soccer tactics should not be an area of emphasis at this age group. While the coach needs to be aware of the soccer formations and positions for this level of play, other than an introductory explanation of setting up the players on the soccer field. Players at this age are not mentally aware of concepts like time and space, which makes trying to teach tactics a futile endeavor. The important aspect is that all players should have the opportunity to play all positions.
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U6 soccer fitness and nutrition is important for a coach to understand. Players are not physically developed enough to make fitness a priority. There is no sense of pace, which means these players rocket around the field as hard as they can for as long as they can and then must stop. The implication is that players need to be substituted frequently and provided with ample water breaks during practice and matches. A ritual at this age is “End of Game Snacks” for the team. We think this is a great team bonding experience and should be encouraged.
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Developing soccer skills is where a U6 coach earns his stripes. You are setting the table to succeed at the game with this foundation. Almost all practice time and energy should go into developing comfort on the ball focusing on dribbling skills and agility exercises to create athletic players. At U6, players are marginally capable of playing a game that looks like soccer. Don’t let that frustrate you! Focus on the building blocks, having fun while experiencing ample success which will turn your players onto the game!
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U6 soccer players are fragile people. They constantly crave acceptance and approval. As a coach, this is important to know in forming groups, being careful to celebrate successes while minimizing social embarrassment. Players attention span is short, so you must keep players active and avoid lines at all cost. Frequent changes that present new challenges keep games fresh and players engaged. Players “not listening” at this age is an indication that the activity is not fun or engaging, so change it!
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Team Management at U6 breaks down into part coach, part administrator and all cheerleader! If we keep the player in focus, we’ll keep our sessions fun and interesting while on the building blocks of soccer success. Managing parent expectations and communicating with them is paramount to your success since players are not capable of having that interaction with you. Remember, parents are simply advocating for their child, so communicate, communicate, communicate. And, most of all, be the biggest most enthusiastic cheerleader for your team. This aspect trumps soccer knowledge – turn the kids onto the game!
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