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U9 Characteristics of Player Development

Characteristics of Player Development

The U9 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 U9 Player:

  • Becoming better-rounded; they have a sense of ‘me’ and ‘team’.
  • Lengthened attention span
  • Skeletal system is still growing
  • Prone to heat loss and related injuries.
  • Players should be given longer breaks so they can fully recoverBecoming more team orientated
  • They now understand the concept of space and time
  • They begin to think ahead. This allows for limited tactical instruction
  • Improved co-ordination in fine motor skills. Players should be challenged with more difficult techniques.
  • Enjoy uniforms and team association
  • Not always constantly in motion.
  • Will hold still long enough for short explanations
  • Psychologically becoming more firm and confident
  • Physical and psychological development differences between boys/girls
  • Some becoming serious about their play
  • More inclined to WANT to play rather than TOLD to play
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