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8u Coed Curriculum

Week 1 

Practice 1 - Passing

(ADJUST TIME OF WARMUP OR FINAL GAME BASED ON LENGTH OF THE FIRST SECTION)
15 mins - Parent Meeting, Team Introductions, and Uniform Distribution - Parents will have a 5-10 min meeting while coaches meet their team and distribute uniforms to the players. Make sure you pass a snack signup to parents (tip: ask parent to handle this for you)
ASK PARENTS NOT TO SIT TOO CLOSE TO SIDELINES. THE FINAL GAME USES SIDELINES FOR GOALS
(PLAY)
15 mins Warmup  - 8v1 (7v1) - Players form a circle within a 10x10 grid. Place one player in the middle of the circle as a defender. The players pass a ball quickly while the defending player attempts to steal the ball. When the defender steals the ball he/she will swap with the person who made the pass. If the drill becomes to easy add a defender.
2 MIN - Water Break
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Pass the ball 2 yards to a team mate
5 mins - ACTIVITY 1: PASSING PAIRS  - click to view     
Use 3s if you have an odd number with players following their pass (2 players will be in the starting line)
5 mins - GAME: GUARD OF HONOUR - click to view
2 min Water Break - Coach Set up two gates* marked out with cones 2 yards apart. (each team has 10 cones)
Receive and control the ball
5 mins - ACTIVITY: CUSHION AND STOP - click to view   (*NOTE: use 2 gates instead of a square)
5 mins - GAME: EMPTY THE TANK - click to view

1 min Water Break
(PLAY)
(2) 6 min Games with 1 min break
Set up 2 goals with cones approximately 3 yards from either sideline of our field. (the cones for goals should be 4-5 yards wide)
Use the midfield and end line as the sideline for the game
Set up two teams. In order to score players must pass to a team who is in the goal and controls the pass. If the pass is not controlled the goal does not count. Players will have to be accurate in order not to kick the ball into the parents
TIP: If odd number of players 5v4 for one game then switch the advantage for the second game.


Practice 2 - Dribbling

5 min - Meet with team to learn each others names and introduce the dribbling session. Make sure players understand the will need to concentrate on keeping close control of the ball.
(PLAY)
10 mins - Box of Chaos - Setup a 12x12 box and spread the players each with a ball evenly around the outside of the box. When the coach says "GO" players dribble back and forth from side to side at the same time. Players need to concentrate on keeping the ball close, avoiding other players, changing pace, dribbling into open space, and making FAST turns (make sure players are not resting on the sides). Players continue for 1 minute with 1 minute rest. (4 REPS)  Make it competitive by having players keep track of how many times they make it down and back.
2 min - Water Break
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Dribble with a ball 5 yards in a straight line
5 min - ACTIVITY: DRIBBLE RELAYS - click to view
5 min - GAME: DRIBBLE RACE - click to view
2 min - Water Break
Dribble 5 yards, stopping half way
5 min - ACTIVITY: DRIBBLE AND STOP - click to view
5 min - GAME: COLOURED CONES - click to view
1 min - Water Break
(PLAY)
(2) 8 min Games with 1 min break
Set up 2 goals with cones approximately 3 yards from either sideline of our field. (the cones for goals should be 4-5 yards wide)
Use the midfield and end line as the sideline for the game
Set up two teams. In order to score players must try to try into the opponents goal.

TIP: If odd number of players 5v4 for one game then switch the advantage for the second game.

Week 2

Practice 3 - Defense - download/print 

10 min warmup - Full group large circle Defensive Rondo with 2 defenders. Create a large circle inside a grid about 15x15. Place 3 defenders inside the grid. The players on the outside pass the ball around the outside. Defenders work hard to win the ball. If a defender wins the ball they swap spots with the player who last touched the ball. 
5 min -  Explain proper defensive technique - one foot in front of the other about should width. Slightly bent knees. On balls of the feet. Try to direct defender to defensive help or to the sidelines (left up to coaches philosophies). Pressure, Cover, Balance (team). Meaning the player closest to the ball steps to pressure the ball. The teammates behind them will take positions in semi-tight angles approximately 5-10 yards behind them (closer to goal = closer defensive support). Players farther away and behind the pressuring defender will balance themselves with the cover man to allow enough time to get to longer passed balls and keep backside offensive players from getting past them while being onside. The team concept will be worked on later. If players are not understand right away do not worry about it. Concentrate more on the 1v1 defending
10 min - 1v1 continuous - see pdf - concentrate on the defending aspects only
1 min - Water Break
10 min - 1v1 continuous no tackle - see pdf - concentrate on the defending aspects only
1 min - Water Break
10 min - Repeat Full group large circle Defensive Rondo with 3 defenders. Create a large circle inside a grid about 15x15. Place 3 defenders inside the grid. The players on the outside pass the ball around the outside. Defenders work together with one pressuring the ball the other two covering behind their partner on either side. Make sure Defenders are all very active and using proper defending shape as described above. Defenders must all talk to help each other out. Call out "I Got Pressure", "I Have Cover", or Ball Ball Ball, or Cover, Cover, Cover. Anything to help each other communicate.
10 min - End with full scrimmage with either the other team or split your team and go to sideline goals. Concentrate on reminding them about proper defensive body shape and positioning (pressure, cover, balance).


Practice 4 - Restarts - download/print 

  5 min - Quick discussion about how you would like to set up the kick off. Note The ball does not need to go forward first. It just needs to be passed to a teammate in any direction. DO NOT USE the first 2 kickoff drills in the pdf download. It is not needed.
5 min - Throw-Ins - (See PDF on proper technique) In groups of 2 place one player with the ball on the sideline and the other 5-8 yds away. Have the player with the ball do a proper throw-in with both feet touching the ground, both hands on the ball, and throw from behind the head to front (over the top). Make sure the throw is going to partners feet (not head - no heading). Switch every 5 throws. 10 each. May add a bit of movement for the partner.
10 min - Corner Kicks - ACTIVITY: THE LAW - see pdf - do 3 kicks per player quickly rotating players. I suggest one player in the middle as a target. Please remember in this division ONLY the Goalie is allowed in the arc. That means you will need to adjust a bit for the corner kick drills.
10 min - Corner Kicks - GAME: CORNER KICK BATTLE - see pdf - Please remember in this division ONLY the Goalie is allowed in the arc. That means you will need to adjust a bit for the corner kick drills.
1 min - water break
10 min - Goal Kicks - Defense Must Go Back to The Mid-line when the ball is in the goalie's hands. Place the ball on the goal arc for a goal kick place your kicking team players in the half of the field. Place a team of defenders at the midfield. Have the goalie kick to a open teammate. Make sure the teammate receives the ball with their back to the sidelines so they can quickly pass the ball down the field to the next open player. 
10 min - Full Scrimmage with other team on the field.