soccer coaching practice plans
a good selection
of football (soccer) practice plans from
graded by age group.
In general, activities that are designed
for younger teams can be used for an older team as well. However, it
would not be a good idea to take a practice designed for a U12 team and
try to make it work for a U6 team.
Often, activities for the younger children
can be manipulated or changed to make them more complicated and more
appropriate for an older age level. The game Ball Retrieval is a good
example. With 8 year olds, many of the tasks that the children are asked
to do are not directly soccer related (bring the ball back with your
In addition, the activities are done
individually or possibly in pairs. For 12 year olds, the activities
require more soccer skill (bring the ball back in six passes) and are
done in groups of four rather than individually. Something as simple as
placing a restriction on the activity like, “You can only dribble with
your right foot”, would make the activity more challenging and
appropriate for an older team as well.