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U8 Curriculum

Basic Concepts:

Offense – we are all on offense when our team has the ball

If we are the player with the ball we should be looking to dibble, pass or shoot. If we do not have the ball we should be looking to help by getting open.

Terminology: “Support”, “Go to Goal”, “Make a Pass”, “Take a Shot”

Defense – we are all on defense when the other team has the ball

If we are the player closest to the player with the ball we should try and take it away. Defenders further away should stay “Goal Side of the Ball”

Terminology: “Get Goal Side”, “Stay in front”, “Clear the ball”

Drills – See S-1, S-2, S-3

Basic Skills:

Dribbling – moving with the soccer ball by using rapid touches in successionl

Proper Technique – using the 4 different parts of the foot (inside, outside, top/laces, & bottom/sole) to move the ball no more than 1 to 3 feet away.

Terminology: “Toe-Taps”, “Push-Pulls”, “Tick-Tocks”, “Draw-Backs”

Drills – See W-1 and D-1 through D-8

Passing – striking the ball in the direction of a teammate

Proper Technique – make an “L” with feet, the plant foot points in the intended direction of the pass. The swing leg uses the motion from the hip to strike the ball with the inside of the foot right at the equator/midpoint of the ball.

Terminology: “To the feet”, “NO to the TOE”

Drills – See P-1 through P-4

Shooting – striking the ball in the direction of the goal

Proper Technique – plant foot just back from ball using hips and leg to muscle trough the ball striking it in on the equator with the top/laces part of the foot

Terminology: “Use the Laces”, “NO to the TOE”

Drills – See D-7through D-9

Trapping – controlling a ball by changing its direction

Proper Technique – catch the ball by moving foot first to the ball and then slowly with the ball. Also by creating a wedge with either the foot or shin.

Terminology: “Keep the Ball in Front”, “Wedge”

Drills – See P-1 through P-4

Shielding – keeping the body between the opposing player and the ball

Proper Technique – using the 4 different parts of the foot (inside, outside, top/laces, & bottom/sole) to move the ball no more than 1 to 3 feet away.

Terminology: “Stay Between”, “Posses the Ball”

Drills – See D-2 and D-3

Advanced Skills:

Juggling – keeping the soccer ball aloft using only feet, thighs, head and shoulders.

Proper Technique – allow the ball to almost hit your foot before trying to strike it. Foot with toe pulled back. Thigh level to the ground. Head using forehead looking up.

Terminology: “SpongeBob Square Pants”, “Around the World”

Drills – See W-2

Scissors – swinging the feet in front of the soccer ball to confuse the defender

Proper Technique – bring feet together on one side of the ball, then swing inside foot around the front of the ball stepping on the far side. Then repeating by bring the remaining foot together with the newly planted foot on the other side.

Terminology: “Plant foot”, “center of gravity over the ball”

Drills – See D-2

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