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Characteristics of U8 Soccer Players Second & Third Grade Physical Development Mental Development Social Development Physical Development Skeletal system is still growing: growth plates are near the joints, thus injuries to those areas merit special consideration.

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characteristics of u8 soccer players second third grade

Characteristics of U8Soccer PlayersSecond & Third Grade

Physical Development

Mental Development

Social Development

physical development
Physical Development
  • Skeletal system is still growing: growth plates are near the joints, thus injuries to those areas merit special consideration.
  • Cardiovascular system is less efficient than an adults; a child’s heart rate peaks sooner and takes longer to recover.
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Physical Development
  • Temperature regulation system is less efficient than adults; children elevate their core temperature more quickly and take longer to cool than adults.
  • Improvement in pace and coordination from U6, however the immaturity of a U8’s physical abilities are obvious.
mental development
Mental Development
  • The limited ability to tend to more than one task at a time leaves little or no capacity for “tactical” decision making.
  • Concept of time and space relationship is just beginning to develop and will be limited by the capacity to attend to multiple tasks.
  • Limited experience with personal evaluation; effort is synonymous with performance.
social development
Social Development
  • Self-concept and body image are beginning to develop, but very fragile.
  • Great need for approval from adults such as parents, teachers, and coaches; like to show individual skills.
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Social Development
  • Easily bruised psychologically by adults; negative comments carry great weight.
  • Like to play soccer because it is “fun”; intrinsically motivated.
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Social Development
  • Their universe is expanded to the neighborhood.
  • True playmates emerge with the inclination toward small group activities.
  • There is a desire for social acceptance; they want everyone to like them.
general characteristics of children u8
General Characteristics of Children U8
  • Attention span a bit longer than U6, but still not at the “team at all costs” intensity.
  • Inclined more toward group activities.
  • Still in motion - twitching, jerking, scratching and blinking are all second nature physical movements.
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General Characteristics of Children U8

Still very sensitive…

Santa Claus is no longer a peer topic of discussion.

Dislike personal failure in front of peers.

  • Ridicule from the coach in front of
  • the group is very destructive.
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General Characteristics of Children U8
  • Boys and girls still quite similar in physical and psychological development.
  • Beginning to develop some physical confidence (most can ride a two-wheeler).
  • Still into running, jumping, climbing and rolling.
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General Characteristics of Children U8
  • More into imitation of the big guys (sports heroes becoming important). Unfortunately few are soccer players.
  • STILL LACK SENSE OF PACE - GO FLAT OUT . Will chase the ball until they drop.
typical u8 training session
Typical U8 Training Session
  • Should not exceed 1 hour.
  • Warm-up, each player with a ball, stretching and soccernastics, (15 min.)
  • Introduce partner activities.
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Typical U8 Training Session
  • A mixture of individual and partner activities. Add more maze-type games, introduce target games. (25 min.)
  • Conclude with small-sided game 4v4 to two goals, no GK’s. (20 min.)
u8 tactical sign
U8 Tactical Sign

Change of Direction

coaching activities checklist
Coaching Activities Checklist
  • Are the activities fun?
  • Are the activities organized?
  • Are the players involved in the activities?
  • Is creativity and decision making being used?
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Coaching Activities Checklist
  • Are the spaces used appropriate?
  • Is the coach’s feedback appropriate?
  • Is the coach guiding or controlling the players in the activity?
  • Are there implications for the game?