Please note, all Massachusetts Youth Soccer session plans are provided in good faith and must not be utilized forassignments for US Soccer or NSCAA coach education courses. We welcome coaches and organizations to share, use and build upon all Mass Youth Soccer Session plansas long as appropriate credit is given.
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.