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U7-U8 Coaching Resources

The skill list below is based on recommendations from the US Soccer Grass Roots program for player development at this age level. Help us add to this list of resources. If you find a video or activity online that works well for this age group please email [email protected].




Instructional Videos



Biomechanics of Kicking

Basic Shooting Technique

U8 Shooting Drills

Shooting Technique

Pass & Receive

Receiving off the Front Foot

Push Pass




Passing Technique

Passing Technique 2

Push Pass


5 Moves for Kids

Dribble: Outside of the Foot

Dribbling Cone Drills

Lane Dribbling

First Touch Training

Dribble or Pass

Dribble or Run

Spread Out

4V4 Principles of Play

Create Passing Options

Positioning and Movement

Support the Attack

Lose your Mark

Attack as Quickly as Possible



Instructional Videos


Protect the Goal

4V4 Principles of Play Defending

Steal the Ball

1V1 Defending

Poke Tackle

Block Tackle

Make it Compact

Keep It Compact

Defend as Quickly as Possible

U7-U8 Coaching Techniques and Advice

U8 Activities


Corner Kicks U8 Corner Kick Example

Goal Kicks

Direct Free Kick Example Indirect Kicks

4V4 Basic Tasks

4V4 Conflicts in Basic Tasks

4V4 Four Main Moments

17 Soccer Laws

Additional Online Resources: In addition to the training sessions and Player Guides there are many resources online for youth soccer coaches. Here's some great places to get started.

NCYSA Procedure & Rules of Competition for Recreational Play

FIFA Laws of the Game:

Age Appropriate Training Sessions

US Soccer Coaching Curriculum

US Youth Soccer Player Development Model

US Women's Youth National Team Program Technical Tests


SoccerHelp Dictionary

Positive Coaching Alliance

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