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Coaching U10 Players

As players get older, their cognitive and their physical abilities develop. While most U10 players still look to soccer as a source or fun and social activity, some will increasingly look to get more out of the game. Coaches must continue to focus on the development of technical skills, but now their players are beginning to understand tactical concepts. It remains critical to understand where players are in their personal growth and to coach with an eye toward the common characteristics of 10-year old children.
  • Lengthened attention span
  • Starting to appreciate sequence of actions
  • Beginning to enjoy the game, not just playing
  • Players beginning to develop self-responsibility – give them homework.
  • Still in motion, but not as busy. Can tolerate short interruptions in play.
  • Psychologically becoming more firm. Peer pressure begins to develop.
  • Boys and girls beginning to develop separately, girls at a faster pace
  • Overall and small motor skills becoming much more refined
  • This is a crucial age for technical skill development.
  • Prefer balls and equipment with team identification
  • Pace factor becoming developed - beginning to think ahead.
  • Are far more team oriented and begin to identify with their team and their coach
  • Starting – for the first time – to recognize very basic tactical concepts
Below are links to Sample Training Sessions designed specifically for the U6 Player.
Under the guidance of Technical Director, Ian Mulliner, the full-time coaching staff of Massachusetts Youth Soccer publishes a series of youth soccer lesson plans each season. These lesson plans take the developmental stages of children into account and are organized by age group.  These lesson plans are the results of years of developing curricula and hundreds of hours of practical coaching experience. We are presenting these Lesson plans with the permission of Massachusetts Youth Soccer and with extreme gratitude for their dedication and commitment to teaching the game in a fun and safe environment.


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