Coaches Guide to Coaching 5-7 Year Old Players
About the Coaches Guide to Coaching 5-7 Year Old Players
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America is pleased to present this collection of sessions and activities to use as you coach your young players. NSCAA staff coaches provide demonstrations of many different activities coaches can use to teach young players the skills they need to learn to play the game of soccer and have fun at the same time.
At this age the ball itself is the biggest opponent. The activities are heavily oriented towards dribbling, giving the players as many touches on the ball as possible in their early years. Sessions include:
- Dribbling moves
- Passing and spacing
- Small sided games
- Additional activities provided by American Youth Soccer Organization and Soccer Association For Youth
George Perry: Welcome to this National Soccer Coaches Association of America program. This program is designed for coaches of 5-7 year old players. Whether you're an experienced coach or this is your first time coaching, we hope to share with you activities that encourage multiple touches on the ball, creative individual play, and most importantly fun for the players ending in a four against four game.
Narrator: This DVD focuses on coaching players in the 5-7 year old age group. Coaches of very young children must have skills and use methods which challenge children and help them fall in love with the game of soccer. The NSCAA believes that coaches of players in this age group are very important and must have the knowledge and a personality which is appropriate for players who are just beginning their soccer journey. Due to the fact that many of them are being introduced to soccer for the very first time we call this stage of the players development the discovery period. We believe that coaches of this age group must have patience, be well organized, and have a multitude of soccer-like activities which are fun to play but also teach the players ballistic soccer movement and multiple touches on the ball.
George Perry: Alright great. Now this next activity that we are going to do is a game of freeze tag. Alright. And I am going to snag one and two . . You two come over here by me. Can you guys knock your soccer balls over there by that soccer ball there please. Good. Good. There we go. That's alright. It s off that s good. You are going to hold that in your hand for me and you are going to hold that in your hand for me. These two guys are it. Alright. They are it and they are going to try to tag you. . and if you get tagged you are going to put your foot on the ball frozen. Now, if I am not tagged and I am dribbling around . . Can you put your foot on the ball . . I am going to borrow your ball for a second. . Can you put your foot on the ball like you re frozen? If I come by and tag you or someone comes by and tags you while you re frozen, now you can put your foot down and you can start dribbling again and try to get away. Now you guys are going to try to tag everybody.
Ready, set, go! Go get somebody.