Organizing Activities for U5-U6 players can be broken down into 4 distinct sections.
First Part: “Warm-up”: (~ 10 minutes)
Focus: Physical and Psychological Training
Before a player can learn soccer skills, the child must first learn how to control the body’s movement.
Motor skills (physical movement/body mechanics) are refined from early, gross actions to highly coordinated and complex movements.
So, begin with a fun and enjoyable activity with or without the ball. This should prepare the players mentally and physically for the rest of the practice.
Sometimes parents cannot arrive on time so it is important to start your warm-up with something fun and simple to explain.
Second Part: “Fun Activities”: (~ 15 minutes)
Focus: Physical, Psychological and Technical Training
These activities are designed to be high energy.
So, provide fun activities that you could start without pressure and add the pressure afterward. Make sure that you reinforce the basic techniques (simple and easy to understand).
Remember, young children do not share the ball very well, so implementing “passing” would not be a good selection as your topic.
Kids love to compete, so it would be a great idea to implement activities that the players can compete in individually and as a group.
Be part of the activities as much as you can. Select 2 -3 activities maximum. per session.
Lastly, try to have all players involved in your session (defender and offense). Example:
- Defenders: “Chasers” - Sharks
- Offense: “Runners” - Minnows
Remember: NO Laps, NO Lectures, NO Lines!!!
Third Part: “ 3 v. 3 Games”: (~ 15 minutes)
Focus: Physical, Psychological, Technical and Tactical Training
Each practice should conclude with a small-sided game.
The size of the field should be about 30x20 and the teams should be 2 v. 2 /3 v. 3. Sometimes use different sizes of balls. Kids love variety.
Remember that the game is the best teacher of all. These games should be a positive experience for all, with the emphasis placed on having fun. Your main aim is to create a SAFE, FUN, EDUCATIONAL environment in which your players can develop.
The games should not have more than 3 players per team, so if necessary, set up more than one field. Make sure that you can watch both games at the same time.
Finding balanced teams, and/or creating an environment in which the games can be evenly matched will be essential.
Remember: NO Goalkeepers!
Fourth Part: “Cool Down”: (~ 5 minutes)
Focus: Physical, Psychological Training: Stretch and relax.
It is time to understand the importance of stretching after any activities.
You can provide fun moves that can get their body stretched and relaxed. Meanwhile you could be asking the players what they work on.
Example: Coach: What did we work on today?
Kids: Dribbling …
Coach: How we dribble the ball?
Kids: With our laces …
Coaches: Should we dribble the ball close or way from our body?
Kids: Close …
Did you guys have fun? I hope that they say yes!!!