Soccer Skills:

Coaching U8 Soccer

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Soccer

Tactical

As players progress from U6 soccer to U8, they are becoming aware of their surroundings and you’ll be surprised when they remember concepts taught in last practice and begin to use them in the new session. But, don’t expect your players to have this new found skill consistently. It has nothing to do with “paying more attention this time around,” but rather young players developing. Still, players at this age are not capable of executing the complex schemes that you’ve witnessed older teams play. Continue to focus on technical skill development.

U8 Soccer Tactics

 

Fitness

U8 soccer players still own immature bodies and can only be expected to do so much. They still have a high energy V8 engine, but only expect it to run for just a few miles before pooping out to the sidelines. Activities should be short to allow for ample water breaks. Keep a close eye on players as their will to want to please may overcome their common sense of overheating. Players at this age have naturally loose, limber bodies and generally do not need stretching. The notion of sprints, running or warm-up laps should be quickly erased from your mindset.

U8 Soccer Fitness

 

Technical

Fear is a key driver at this age. In short, social has become an important part of their being and players don’t want to mess up. Using this knowledge, we want to create players that are comfortable with the ball – on their own terms. Technical soccer skills should be a main focus for this age group. Continue to develop comfort on the ball by emphasizing drills that use a 1 to 1 ball to player ratio and more than 1 soccer goal. Coaching is all about helping players overcome their fear of the ball and their fear of messing up. You will have done well if players are willing to “try things” without hesitation – you will have helped overcome the fear.

U8 Soccer Skills

 

Psychological

Players at U8 have fragile egos and crave acceptance as they being to understand social ramifications. A great way to help players at this age grow and develop is to have older players come to practice to demonstrate. Simply by watching and providing role models, players will become more motivated and learn through osmosis. Unlike U6 players, U8’s begin to understand boundaries (time and space) and you can loosely introduce them, but don’t make it a focus and cause frequent stoppages of play.

U8 Soccer Psychology

 

Team Management

All soccer coaches should be positive and enthusiastic. Coaches of U8 players must keenly be aware of the psychology of this soccer age group: learning by watching is a key tenet as well as helping players overcome fear of ball and fear of failure. Players will develop at different paces, so find that balance between challenging advanced players and providing ample time on the ball for less developed ones. Players find joy and success in scoring goals at this age. Parents will still take an active interest in players – utilize these parents to help practices run smoothly. And, as always, communicate with your parents – don’t make them guess what’s going on!

U8 Team Management

 
 

Soccer Skills

Find Fun Soccer Drills that Will Challenge your Players

Soccer Coaching Blog
0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

RATED: 0.00
0 votes

Area of Soccer:
Team Management

Are you Facebook Friends with Your Players?

Missouri recently passed a law prohibiting teachers from friending their students or communicating with them in a private manner: text, email or social media platforms. While the teachers union is appealing the law, it brought to light a question for soccer coaches, “What is an appropriate relationship to have with your players?” and “How do you avoid the appearance of impropriety?”

[ Read More ]
1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
1 votes

Area of Soccer:
Technical

How to do a Throw in in Soccer

Learn how to do a throw in in soccer in this soccer training video. This Online Soccer Academy soccer coaching video is geared for soccer players ages 5-8 and their soccer coaches. It can of course be applied to players of all ages.

[ Read More ]
1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
1 votes

Area of Soccer:
Team Management

A Soccer Coach’s Cheat Sheet to Saying “Great Job!”

As soccer coaches, we’re always trying to provide inspiration and encouragement to our players. Unfortunately, we can end up sounding like a broken record. Finding the right words to individually and enthusiastically tell your players that they’re on the right track can be harder than you think. Here’s our cheat sheet to say, “Great Job!”

[ Read More ]
0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

RATED: 0.00
0 votes

Area of Soccer:
Technical

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.

[ Read More ]
3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 53 votes, average: 5.00 out of 53 votes, average: 5.00 out of 53 votes, average: 5.00 out of 53 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
3 votes

Area of Soccer:
Psychological

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?

[ Read More ]
1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
1 votes

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?

[ Read More ]
2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
2 votes

Area of Soccer:
Team Management

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!

[ Read More ]
0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

RATED: 0.00
0 votes

Area of Soccer:
Fitness

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?

[ Read More ]
0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

RATED: 0.00
0 votes

Area of Soccer:
Psychological

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.

[ Read More ]
1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

RATED: 5.00
1 votes

Area of Soccer:
Technical

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.

[ Read More ]
Page 2 of 3123