When coaching U11’s, your soccer drills need to focus on everything you’ve done at under 10’s but at an improved:
Performing skills and techniques at speed with a direction or purpose as
opposed to performing the skill just because they can.
e.g: Doing a set of step
overs when no opposition player is near VS performing two step overs to side
step an on-coming player
Performing skills and techniques in the best possible way within the least
amount of time and effort
e.g: Passing for the sake
of just passing the ball VS passing to penetrate the defensive line
Learning to select the right skills and techniques for the right moments.
e.g: Dribbling and
beating a defender VS playing a one-two with a teammate to get round the
You’ll focus on improving these areas while also introducing
and developing their ability to:
Play counter attacking soccer
Develop sound defensive responsibilities in
And, SSG’s to reinforce important defensive and
At U11’s you’ll really start to notice the players who will
continue playing football for the next few years as opposed to those who have
chosen another sporting path (or none at all…PS4 anyone?).
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What to Expect from Under 11’s
U11’s will be really starting to hit their puberty years so
there might be awkwardness in certain physical activities while they grow into
their new bodies. So with that in mind, while focusing on the specific soccer
techniques, always remember to incorporate some fundamental development work as
well e.g: Jumping, hopping, balance, hand-eye coordination and bodyweight
It’s also important to understand, that at this age group
their social awareness will start to change. The idea of ‘group-identity’ will
start to take shape and this may, or may not have some effect on your training
Your Priorities Coaching Under 11’s
Your priorities coaching U11’s will focus on
taking individual technique and refining it so your players can perform certain
skills and techniques and perform them at an improved; velocity, efficiency and
You’ll also start to introduce other team-based
topics such as defending in groups and counter attacking.
Finally, you’ll want to start working your group
in bigger, small-sided-games, progressing from 7v7 up to 9v9. These SSG’s will
help you develop both their defending and attacking play
Main Topics of Focus
U11’s soccer drills should focus around the following
Remember to have browse through our; U9, U10, U12 drill guides for more soccer drills, games and ideas for your under 11’s group. Just because a drill is listed in a lower or higher age group doesn’t mean you can’t still use them for inspiration and adapt them to suit the needs of your players.