Vernon Soccer Club

U8 Coaching Curriculum

8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2019

U8 Week 1 U8 Week 2 U8 Week 3 U8 Week 4
U8 Week 5 U8 Week 6 U8 Week 7 U8 Week 8

8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2018

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Week 10 Week 11 Week 12

8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2018

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Week 10 Week 11 Week 12

8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2017

Week 1 - Dribbling Week 2 - Passing Week 3 - Defending
Week 4 - Dribbling Week 5 - Shooting Week 6 - Defending
Week 7 - Passing Week 8 - Shooting Week 9 - Defending
Week 10 - Passing

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 8 player:

  • Enjoy playing in pairs
  • Are now able to take another's perspective.
  • Still unable to think abstractly - be patient.
  • Cooling system still less efficient than adults - still make sure to give frequent water breaks.
  • Still prefer playing to watching - keep everyone active during practice.
  • Limited attention span
  • Have an understanding of time and sequence - "if I do this, then that happens".
  • Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.
  • Very aware of adult reactions - be very aware of your reactions.
  • Seek out adult approval and need reassurance - be supportive.
  • Begin to become aware of peer perception - a social order is beginning to develop.
  • Wide range of abilities between children at this age
  • Beginning to develop motor memories
  • Some become more competitive
  • Less active imaginations than U6 players