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Old 03-01-2012, 04:53 AM
 
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Hello all,

I was volunteered to coach two soccer teams. One is all four year olds and the other team is 6,7, and 8 year olds. All most all the players are new on both teams. My four year old team is 20 times better than my older team! The thing is we have been practicing both teams together and doing the same drills and games. One of the main things is that they're not aggressive! Please tell me what I can do. Do you know anything that can help? Are there any drills?

Thanks.
Alexis
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Strike First Strike Hard No Mercy Sir!
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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lol infiniti

There are plenty of youth football coaching clips on YouTube to look at. I know my old manager used to make us look at Dutch training videos when we were about 7 or 8.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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One of the main things is that they're not aggressive! Please tell me what I can do. Do you know anything that can help? Are there any drills?

Thanks.
Alexis
This is why I quit coaching. I got too frustrated. Little kids like that like to play tag, pull grass and do cartwheels - not line up and do structured activities.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I wouldnt mind coaching but they have to be 15 or older. I want to see some skill on the field!
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Hello all,

I was volunteered to coach two soccer teams. One is all four year olds and the other team is 6,7, and 8 year olds. All most all the players are new on both teams. My four year old team is 20 times better than my older team! The thing is we have been practicing both teams together and doing the same drills and games. One of the main things is that they're not aggressive! Please tell me what I can do. Do you know anything that can help? Are there any drills?

Thanks.
Alexis
There are a number of drills

biggest thing to remember is to do drills with a lot of movement/touches on the ball - kids can get sidetracked easily if they have to stand around

do a lot of 1v1 type drills
- have them line up about ten yards apart with one ball between them and on the whistle race to the ball to gain possession, and have them dribble, not pass, across a line with the other trying to steal and head the other way

-set up a 20x10 (approx, based upon # kids and size) grid with small goals along each short side. break up into two teams and line the up on opposite long sides even with the center. on the whistle one from each team races down the side, around the corner and through the goal - first one gets possession and needs to score in their assigned goal (have them race thru the same goal for more fun as they fight for position

- using the same grid, a nice cool down game is line soccer. assign a number to each player on one side, then assign the same numbers to the other team (but vary the order to make it interesting - instead of 1,2,3,4 count backward or start with 4,5,6). roll the ball to the middle and call out a number, and they play one-one-one (option, they can use their teammates to pass to if needed). depending on the age, instead of numbers use math questions, or use letters and call out words

- also, sharks vs. minnows forces kids to dribble away from pressure, and kids who might be shy seem to grow in this game and want to be the shark instead of the minnows

There are a bunch more out there - I've been coaching soccer for over 20 years, from pee-wee age through HS, so I've been in your cleats before.

Happy to help out if you have any questions, or I can send you links and other info if you are interested.

Good luck, and have fun!
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