U6-U8 Soccer Drills – Full Season Plan

Calling All New Soccer Coaches, Volunteer, and Parent Coaches

Maybe your daughter or son started playing soccer, and their club needs coaches for U6 and U8. Awesome, you said yes!

Or you are volunteering at your local club, and you’ve never coached soccer before.

Now what?

You could spend each weekend Googling: 

  • “soccer drills”
  • “u6 soccer drills” 

If your team’s kids are a bit older:

  • “U8 soccer drills”
  • “Youth soccer drills”
googling u8 soccer drills

You’ll probably find some good information. You might have found us that way, too.

But… How do you know what is good and what is not? Youtube has great soccer drill videos, but again do they really help the young players that you are coaching? Plus, wouldn’t you rather be spending that time with your family, and friends or playing yourself? That lawn also isn’t going to mow itself!

We Can Be Your One Stop for U6 and U8 Soccer Drills for the Whole Season!

We have licensed coaches with deep experience and they are here to help you. 

  • Todd Hoffard – He has been more than 20 years coaching soccer in both the men’s and women’s games at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels. Including the US Girls Youth National Teams, Real Salt Lake (MLS), NY Red Bulls) MLS, as well as the youth camp and clinic company ONE on ONE Soccer.
  • Lawrence Leith – He has experience coaching players from the age of 2 to high school. He has his USSF B License and currently coaches at Steel United in Pennsylvania.

*Learn more about our team on our About Us page.

We’ve Created the Handbook for Coaching U6-U8 Soccer Teams

It seems appropriate that a company called Soccer Handbook should create a U6-U8 Coaching Handbook, right? We think so! Here’s the low down on what you’ll get.

The Handbook – What You Get

This handbook/guide is meant to help both the new or less-experienced coach, the volunteer, or the parent with a full-time job that goes straight to practice after work. Or anyone that needs a ready-made, tried, and tested guide to coaching soccer at the U6-U8 age group.

It can be used however you want but it is a comprehensive guide to an 8-week U6-U8 program. It gives a coach the tools, knowledge, and understanding of the basics of coaching this age group, plus lesson plans in developmentally chronological order.

The guide can be used within an organization to help the club with their coaching development and ensure they’re providing the coaches with the education and help alongside their own guidance.

Essentially, you can take what you want from the guide. It’s not exhaustive, but it is comprehensive, especially with the principles of play, formations, and coaching basics.

The Practice Sessions

You can just use the diagrams and run with the session, I know a volunteer coach doesn’t have a great deal of time. But there’s also the ‘how’ and ‘why’, which if you have time, are worth a look, to get an idea of the thinking behind the session.

This may also help you understand and relate the importance of the drills to the players. Your comments don’t need to be a lecture, just simple things like, “This will help us score more goals.”, “This will make playing more fun.” Or in Sir Alex Ferguson’s words, “The two most important words in football (soccer) are ‘well done’.” 

We hope you find this guide helpful and time-saving, as it was created to be. We believe it will also help bring you the joy that comes with coaching youth players as they start their love affair with the beautiful game.

Fun, Respect & Integrity, Confidence, Teamwork, Courage, Competitiveness, Hard work, and Positivity

U8 soccer coach with his team

These are the philosophies that are ingrained in our coaches and our organization and this goes into every drill and exercise we create.

Good coaching is such a powerful gift and an important role to be a positive figure in a young person’s life. It can help nurture and form a young person with skills they will take with them throughout their life, but in the wrong way, poor coaching can negatively affect a child.

This is why it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Everything you do is seen by the young mind and the parent. Therefore every minute you’re coaching or teaching is vitally important and takes dedication. That’s not to say it’s difficult, fun, and rewarding.

At the U6-U8 level, we believe it’s very much about individual growth, developing character, and getting them to fall in love with the game. Soccer is the vehicle for their development.

“During the process of creating this guide, I saw first-hand as a parent, the power of making sure the players had fun. My own son, aged 5 was in a practice session where the coach was teaching the kids for 35 minutes of the hour, how to take a throw-in and where to stand. Physically moving the kids around like toy soldiers.

It took everything in me not to get involved because the children were standing, sitting, and lying around, talking to each other. My son didn’t enjoy the sessions and his interest wavered because of this.

At this age it’s about energy, kicking a ball, and letting them discover the game by playing. There has to be a plan and that plan should involve a lot of time on the ball.”

-Lawrence

Get the U6-U8 Soccer Coaching Guide

A guide for coaching U6-U8 teams from SoccerHandbook.com
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