U9/U10 Curriculum

Updated Tuesday July 12, 2016 by Ben Craigo.

Our club is working together with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (EPYSA) to standardize on their training plans for our Intramural training curriculum.  The link to the plan is below.

Development Stage for U9/U10

When coaching U9/U10 players, it is important to understand where they are developmentally.  Massachusettes Youth Soccer sums it up nicely:

"In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 10 player:

  • Attention span lengthens and they start to show the ability to sequence thoughts and actions.
  • Players start to think ahead and think “If this, then that”
  • Players are more inclined towards wanting to play soccer rather than being told to play
  • Demonstrate increased self-responsibility
  • Players start to recognize fundamental tactical concepts
  • Begin to become aware of peer pressure.
  • Players affiliate with their team or their coach
  • There is a wide continuum of maturity evident on most teams.
  • U10 is still a crucial age for technical skill development."

The U9/U10 Curriculum

The U9 and U10 age groups will use the U10 training plan from the EPYSA.  A couple of notes to go with the developmental goals of the season:

  1. Developing comfort on the ball through dribbling is still a primary focus.  Use of all parts of the foot and both feet are important.
  2. In addition to the moves introduced in the U6 and U8 plans, start introducing the following:
  3. Heading should not be taught
  4. ...More to come...

Rules of the Game for U9/U10

  • 7v7
  • Goal keepers
  • No heading allowed
  • No offside
  • Throw-ins 
  • During goal kicks, opposing team retreats to about mid field
  • Enforce touchlines and goal lines
  • Only call fouls, and give free kicks, on:
    • Deliberate handling - obviously grabbing for ball with hand or making themselves "big".  If the arms/hands are close to the body and the ball hits it that is NOT handling.
    • Tripping or pushing