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U11 Characteristics of Player Development

Characteristics of Player Development

The Under 11 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 U11 Player:

  •  Lengthened attention span
  •  Team oriented
  • ·Some are becoming serious about their play
  • Psychologically becoming more firm and confident
  • Boys and girls beginning to develop separately
  • Continued positive reinforcement needed
  • Greater diversity in playing ability, physical maturity (more, mature have stronger motor skills)
  • Starting to think ahead more
  • Starting to recognize fundamental tactical concepts such as changing direction of ball, when and when not to pass the ball and when to attack or defend
  • Gross and small motor skills becoming much more refined
  • Still in motion, but not as busy…Will hold still long enough for a short explanation

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