UpdatedSunday August 20, 2017 byDave Benson.

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 8 player:

  • Enjoy playing in pairs
  • Are now able to take another’s perspective.
  • Still unable to think abstractly – be patient.
  • Cooling system still less efficient than adults – still make sure to give frequent water breaks.
  • Still prefer playing to watching – keep everyone active during practice.
  • Limited attention span
  • Have an understanding of time and sequence – “if I do this, then that happens”.
  • Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.
  • Very aware of adult reactions – be very aware of your reactions.
  • Seek out adult approval and need reassurance – be supportive.
  • Begin to become aware of peer perception – a social order is beginning to develop.
  • Wide range of abilities between children at this age
  • Beginning to develop motor memories
  • Some become more competitive
  • Less active imaginations than U6 players


8U Week 1.pdf
8U Week 2.pdf
8U Week 3.pdf
8U Week 4.pdf
8U Week 5.pdf
8U Week 6.pdf
8U Week 7.pdf
8U Week 8.pdf
8U Week 9.pdf
10 Principals of Goalkeeping.pdf
Goalkeeper Training Activities.pdf