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U7 Characteristics of Player Development

Characteristics of Player Development

The U7 age group

The purpose of this curriculum is to help trainers and coaches understand the characteristics of this age group and then use age appropriate training sessions. Each weekly link is not a progression to the last one but will give you lots of ideas to make your training sessions enjoyable and fun.

The curriculum guidelines are meant to be flexible as all players of the same age are certainly not at the same developmental level. It is important we challenge all players at a level that befits their ability

The information is not solely based on observation and experience in soccer, but also on research and practice in psychology, child development, physiology, child education, and learning theory.

The MLU Technical Dept. hopes you will all use this curriculum to guide your teams and to help insure our players are being provided the best soccer environment possible.

Characteristics of the U7 Players:

  •  Start to play better in pairs – Try to set up the pairs yourself to control the games and manage the personalities
  • ·Still prefer playing to watching – Keep everyone active during practice and remember to limit lines.
  •  Do not have players knocked out of activities where they then sit and watch
  •  Have limited attention span – Keep your directions concise and to the point
  • ·Have an understanding of time and sequence
  • ·Some now understand “if I do this, then that happens”.
  • ·Some have incorporated a third or fourth speed into play – Not all players, but many players now have incorporated a speed or two between stop and as fast as possible
  •  Look for adult approval – Watch how often players look to you for approval or to see if you are looking
  • ·Always encourage the players. Be supportive when they ask about their performance or try to show you skills
  • ·Have wide range of abilities – Children all develop at varying paces. You may have one child who seems older and one that seems younger on the same team. Your challenge is to manage this range in a way that challenges each player at a level that is reasonable for them
  • ·Have active imaginations
  • ·Let them utilize their imaginations in practice activities, it will make it more fun for them!

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