Soccer drills for U10’s will focus on really refining what
they learned in the previous age group; 1v1’s situations and individual
techniques and be able to apply them effectively and efficiently. You’ll also
look to increase the amount of players in small sided games from 5v5 to 6v6 and
even start working within a 7v7 setup.
At this age group you’ll also start to see an improved
standard in agility, speed, coordination and balance.
While boys and girls do develop at a slightly different pace
it’s important to note that as this age some of your group will be starting to
show signs of puberty. Keep this in mind when developing your practices and how
you intend to manage your team.
In regards to their long-term ‘education’ – your warm up
talks and topics should include the important of eating right and sleeping
Remember, while you ARE their soccer coach you are also
someone they look up to. Use this to their advantage and develop soccer players
that not only become better players – but better humans.
What to Expect from Under 10’s
Like I mentioned above you’ll really start to see quality in
their agility, speed, coordination and balance. This will allow you to start
introducing soccer drills that are more difficult and challenging to complete.
Your Priorities Coaching Under 10’s
Your priorities coaching under 10’s will primarily focus on
developing their individual technique. You’ll like start to see the more
talented players become a lot more ‘selfish’ at this age group.
This is a unique situation that will require you to find a
balance between developing those individuals and letting them express
themselves fully without them having a negative effect on the other players in
Main Topics of Focus for Under 10’s
U10 soccer drills should focus around the following topics:
Heading (Defensive vs Attacking)
sided games (4v4 / 5v5)
U10 Soccer Drills, Games and Activities
Feel free to take the drills from the U9’s Guide and the drills from the U11’s guide to regress and progress you training appropriately
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