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6U Coaching Guide

 Components of the Game for the 6U Age Group*

Fitness: Introduce the idea of how to warm-up and movement education. Begin education about nutrition with players and parents. Balance, walking, running, how to start and stop, jumping, hopping, rolling, skipping, changing direction, bending, twisting and reaching.

Technique: Dribbling (stop and start) and shooting. Experiment with the qualities of a rolling ball.

Psychology: Sharing, fair play, parental involvement, “how to play” and emotional management.

Tactics: Where is the field? The concept of boundary lines, at which goal to shoot and playing with the ball wherever it may go.

 *Please note that the components of the game are in a priority order for this age group.

Typical 6U Training Session

• Should not exceed 45 minutes.
• Every child should have a ball.
• Free play or a warm-up, including movement education challenges. -approximately 15 minutes-
• Game-like activities, mostly body awareness and maze games. -approximately 15 minutes-
• Finish with a 3v3 game with two goals, no goalkeepers -approximately 15 minutes-

Coaches should devote the end of each training session to playing 3v3 practice games. During these practice games is the best time for the coach to teach rules of the game to the players. Fun games involving small numbers can be played, especially 1v1, 2v1, 1v2 and 2v2 leading up to a final activity of 3v3. During the training session it is important to ensure each child has a ball and to focus on fun games. The benefit of the increased number of touches on the ball in those games is irreplaceable. Coaches should be well prepared and have a selection of game-like activities planned, while keeping in mind these young children have short attention spans.


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