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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.

Week  3

Practice 5 - Passing/Game #1
5 min - Soccer Ball Smash
10 min - Pass the ball 3 yds to a teammate (if you have 9 players add an extra player to one of the pairs and have them follow their pass. If you have 10 add an extra player to two pairs on the same side and have them follow their pass. This will also add a bit more awareness practice)
10 min - Pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate - add "no entry" zones based on the number of cones you have. Zones can also be triangles.
Practice 6 - Attacking/Game #2
10 min - You and Me
10 min - 1v1 Attacking and Defending
5 min - 2v2 Attacking and Defending (same as 1v1 above but 2v2)

Week 4 

Practice 7 - Defending/Game #3
5 min - Where The Defenders Should Be?
10 min - Get Back!
10 min - Pass and Press
Practice 8 - Restarts/Game #4
5 min – For warmup setup a 10x10 grid. Space all the players evenly around the grid. If the team has 10 players you will have
3 on two sides and 2 on the other two sides. On your call, have all the players dribble back and forth across the box at good pace. The players should try to
avoid other players by practicing different moves, dribbling into space, adjusting their speed, and keeping their head up. Make sure they
are practicing turns has the get to each side. The drill should be done a high pace. The players should count how many times they make
it back to the side they started at. Go for 1-minute rest for 30 seconds. The focus is dribbling technique, awareness, and conditioning.
10 min - Score From Throw Ins
10 min - Corner Kick Battle

Week 5

Practice 9 - Ball Control/Game #5 - download/print

10 min – Dribbling Warmup – see pdf. Can be setup in a 15x15 square also.

5 min – 1v1 continuous – have 2 setups of 10x10

5 min – 1v1 continuous with no tackle - have 2 setups of 10x10

5 min – 2v1 to goal – not on pdf – have 3 lines. One line starting on one goal post. Other two lines starting near mid field. Balls start from the line near the goal post and is played out to one of the two other lines. Both attack players located near the mid field line attack the goal against the defender who passed the ball out in a 2v1. Use a goalie.


Practice 10 - Attacking/Game #6 - download/print
5 min – Dynamic Warmup – High Knees, Heel Kick Ups, Carioca, Soldier Kicks, Bounding, Power Skips, Open The Gate, Close The Gate,
Backward run, Arm Windmills (forward/backward), jog to sprint runs
10 min – Fun, Competitive Keep Away Game – see pdf – You may need to make minor adjustments in order to include all players. This may
include a number of players participating and/or grid size
10 min – 5v2 Keep Away – Drill #1 – see pdf – You may need to make minor adjustments in order to include all players. This may include
number of players participating and/or grid size Game

Week 6

Practice 11 - Game #7 - no pdf
5 min – Dynamic Warmup – High Knees, Heel Kick Ups, Carioca, Soldier Kicks, Bounding, Power Skips, Open The Gate, Close The Gate,
Backward run, Arm Windmills (forward/backward), jog to sprint runs
10 min - 2v2 Continuous - Have 2 lines of attackers near the mid line about 10 yds apart. Balls in one line. Start with 2 defenders in front of a goalie. Play begins with the first two attackers (one from each line) attacking the defenders trying to score a goal. Once a shot has been taken the next pair of attackers goes. The first two attackers turn and play defense. After playing defense the players rotate to the back of the attack lines. Make sure the players are focused and ready to go as soon as the shot is taken so that it keeps play moving quickly.
10 min - 3v2 min 4 passes before a shot - start with 3 lines of attackers near the mid line and two lines of defenders on either side of the goal. Balls start in one of the defensive lines. Play starts by the defender passing the ball out to one of the attackers. The three attackers go to goal against the pair of defenders. A shot can not be taken until 4 passes have been made without the defensive stealing the ball. Once a shot has been taken or the defense wins the ball the next group begins.

Practice 12 - Game #8 - no pdf
5 mins – Dynamic Warmup – High Knees, Heel Kick Ups, Carioca, Soldier Kicks, Bounding, Power Skips, Open The Gate, Close The Gate, 
Backward run, Arm Windmills (forward/backward), jog to sprint runs
15 mins - Basic Rondo - Circle your team and place 2 defenders in the circle. The players in the circle pass the ball around trying to keep it away from the defenders. Start with no more than 3 touches per player. Then try 2 touch and if you have time try 1 touch.
5 mins - 2 v 1 with a goalie - Start with 2 lines of attackers around the midline. Have one line of defenders start to one side of the goal behind the touchline with balls. Use a goalie. To start have the defenders pass the ball out to one of the attackers. The attackers try to beat the defender and shoot on goal.

Week 7

Practice 13 - Game #9  - no pdf
5 min – For warmup setup a 10x10 grid. Space all the players evenly around the grid. If the team has 10 players you will have
3 on two sides and 2 on the other two sides. On your call, have all the players dribble back and forth across the box at good pace. The players should try to
avoid other players by practicing different moves, dribbling into space, adjusting their speed, and keeping their head up. Make sure they
are practicing turns has the get to each side. The drill should be done a high pace. The players should count how many times they make
it back to the side they started at. Go for 1-minute rest for 30 seconds. The focus is dribbling technique, awareness, and conditioning.
5 min - The Shadow - Skill: Dribbling - Number Of Players Required: Full U-8 Team - Equipment: 1 soccer ball per player and 4 or more cones to mark the grid. - Grid Requirement: A 30 X 30 yard grid
Organization: Using cones layout a 30 X 30 yard grid. Divide the team into pairs. All players are within the grid, with one ball per player.
How The Game Is Played: Players begin to move in any direction throughout the grid one partner leading and the other closely following. The trailing player tries to imitate the dribbling movements of the lead player. Coach will blow his or her whistle after about 20 to 30 seconds, the leader then becomes the follower.
10 min - 1v1 to goal - divide the team in to two groups. Place one group with balls next to one of the goal posts (defenders). Place the other group near the mid-line (attackers). Have the first player in the defender's line pass the ball out to the first player in the attackers line. The attacker trys to score a goal 1v1 against the defender. Make sure you coach both the offense and defensive techniques while do this drill.


Practice 14 - Defending/Game #10

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