Coaching 6U Players

Your personality as a coach of 6-year old players is as important as your knowledge of the game. To make soccer fun and enjoyable will keep your players coming back. We all learn faster and better when we are doing something fun and this is never more true than with our youngest players.
Be organized and imaginative. Tell stories with your activities and bring their favorite characters to life.  have a vivid imagination, patience and a true understanding of the kids you coach. The mental, emotional and physical developmental stage of a 6-year old poses unique challenges and brings great rewards for a coach. They have far different cognitive abilities than even players just two years older.  Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 6 player.
  • Short attention span – directions should be simple and concise.
  • Most are individually-oriented – reality is what they can see and feel.
  • Little or no concern for team activities – Unable to see the world from another’s perspective.
  • Activities should be based on individual play.
  • Active imagination – be creative. Your activities should be stories.
  • Constantly in motion – enjoy playing, not watching. Everyone should have a ball at their feet.
  • Two speeds – All out or stopped.
  • Psychologically easily bruised. To them EFFORT = PERFORMANCE. They look for approval.
  • Physical and psychological development for boys and girls quite similar.
  • Physical coordination is undeveloped - Technique, technique, technique…
  • Unable to think in the abstract – the concept of space is a mystery.


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