Practice Plans

Included here are weekly lesson plans for you to use at practices each week. Each plan provides you with focused activities for your players, coaching points or goals for each activity to help you measure the effectiveness, and a way to build up your players’ skills from start to finish at practice.

Youth Soccer in America – How Do We Measure Success
Technical and Tactical Coaching Points
US Youth Soccer Player Development Model – Spatial_Awareness

U5 and U6 8 Week Lesson Plan

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Week 7
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Week 10

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Week 1: Ball Manipulation – This session improves the player’s ability to manipulate the ball with all parts of the foot.
Ball Manipulation: Dribbling Grids
Ball Manipulation: 3v3 to Attacking Zones
Ball Manipulation: 5v5 Small-Sided Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 2: Running With The Ball – This session improves the player’s ability to dribble and run with the soccer ball.
Running With The Ball: Technical Warm Up
Running With The Ball: 1v1 Four Goal Game
Running With The Ball: 4v4 Dribbling Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 3: Dribbling and Turning – This session improves the player’s ability to dribble against opponents and turn when under pressure.
Dribbling and Turning: Technical Warm Up
Dribbling and Turning: 2v2 Skill Practice
Dribbling and Turning: 4v4 Four Goal Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 4: Build Up From The Back – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to retain possession of the ball in, and play out from, the defensive third.
Build Up From The Back: Technical Warm Up
Build Up From The Back: 6v3 Game
Build Up From The Back: 8v5 Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 5: Build Up Through The Midfield – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to possess the ball and penetrate through the midfield third.
Build Up Through Thirds: Pass and Move in 3’s
Build Up Through Thirds: 2v2 Four Goal Game
Build Up Through Thirds: 4v4 Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 6: Combining To Play In The Final Third – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to pass, receive and combine in the final third.
Final Third Combinations: Warm-Up
Final Third Combinations: 2v2 Skill Practice
Final Third Combinations: Small-Sided Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 7: Small Group Defending – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to work together to regain possession of the ball.
Team Defending: Technical Practice
Team Defending: Small-Sided Game
Team Defending: Expanded Small-Sided Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 8: Team Defending – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to defend in a block and regain the ball.
Team Defending: Communication
Team Defending: Four Goal Game
Team Defending: 6v6 Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 9: Creating Chances From Wide Areas – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to create and finish goal-scoring chances from wide positions.
Creating Chances From Wide Areas: Warm-Up
Creating Chances From Wide Areas: Skill Practice
Creating Chances From Wide Areas: Small-Sided Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

Week 10: Creating Chances From Central Areas – This session improves the player’s and team’s ability to create and finish goal-scoring chances from central positions.
Creating Chances From Central Areas: Scoring Patterns
Creating Chances From Central Areas: Skill Practice
Creating Chances From Central Areas: Small-Sided Game
Small-Sided Game : 6v6 / 7v7

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