Practices (Training Session): One hour
Warm-Up & Stretch: 10 minutes
Introducing a Technique: 15 minutes
Skill-Based Training Game: 20 minutes Activities and games that utilize the skills being taught are the most effective ways for players to improve their skills. Attempt to utilize at least two different activities or games.
Scrimmage: 15 minutes (A scrimmage is a friendly game between two halves of your own team.)
Players: Four per team on the field; no goalkeepers. No players are allowed to head the ball.
Equipment: Shirt, Shoes (can be tennis shoes or cleats), shin guards, socks that cover the shin guards completely, water. Size 3 ball
∙ Instep Kicking
∙ Inside of the foot-push pass
∙ Inside of the foot-ball control
∙ What is in and out of play
∙ Corner kick
∙ Goal kick
∙ Don’t kick or trip others
∙ Don’t hold or push others
∙ No handling of the ball
Objectives of the Game
Principles of Play
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Duration of Game: Four 10-minute periods. Halftime break of five to ten minutes.
There will be Four per team on field; no goalkeepers. Six maximum on roster.
Substitutions are between periods, at halftime and for injuries. The players will be separated by girls and boys teams at all levels of play. Playing time is a minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three. Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.
The Start of Play: The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.
The Kick-off: A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Opponents must be six yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.
Method of Scoring: See 8U Coaching Manual.
8U Officials: AYSO certified 8U Officials or higher are required for 8U games. The 8U Official should briefly explain any infringements to the player(s) and encourage proper play and sporting behavior. As with all games, every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.
Fouls & Misconduct: The coaches will assess direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball.
Direct free kicks for all fouls, with the opponents six yards away from the ball. Free kicks are awarded the attacking team inside the defending team’s goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal. There are no penalty kicks. Referees will work cooperatively with the coaches and eliminate the need for cautions and send-offs. Do not show yellow or red cards
Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen: If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.