The CYS Coaching Binder contains sample lesson plans developed by Mass Youth Soccer for U6, U8, U10 and U12 teams. Please use these lesson plans as guidelines.
As coaches, we should be spending about 15-30 minutes to plan out each of our practice sessions. A couple of key points to keep in mind when creating our lesson plans:
- We should focus on one topic per practice young players can't internalize more than 2-3 key points at one practice. So all the activities we choose for our lesson plan should be related one specific topic (e.g. passing, dribbling, shooting).
- We should always have a warm up activity, usually with a ball for each player (e.g. Ball Tag). We should not make our youth players run laps to warm up.
- The main body of our practice should contain a number of activities related to the topic. We should try to progress from simple activities to complex ones.
- We should ALWAYS end practice in a scrimmage with goalkeepers. During the scrimmage, we should just let the children play no coaching during the scrimmage!!
- We should try to make sure that each player has lots of touches on the ball think at least 500-1,000 touches per player per practice good coaches can get players to touch the ball up to 2,000 times in a 1.5 hour practice.
- All the games and activities we plan won't always work, so we need to be flexible, make adjustments and move on to other activities if things don't seem to be working.
- We should also keep a log of activities and games that seem to work with our teams, and we can reuse favorites.
- For more ideas on games and activities and to become better coaches for our kids, it is highly recommended that we continue to take coaching courses. Please refer to the "Coaching License Courses" section. (CYS reimburses the cost of most courses)
- There are also games and activities in some of the websites in the "Links To Useful Youth Soccer Coaching Websites" section.
Please don't hesitate to contact Roni Mansur (firstname.lastname@example.org), CYS Director of Coaching, if you need more ideas on games or activities that are appropriate for your team, or if you'd like some suggestions on how to create or improve lesson plans for your practices.