Grassroots Active Start U4-U6
Active Start is the introductory stage, and the objective of playing soccer is to have the players moving and staying active. Practices at this level should focus on the ABC’s- agility, balance and coordination, and should include a lot celebrating.
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Grassroots FUNdamentals U7-U8
The FUNdamental stage still incorporates the ABC’s of soccer, and now coaches will begin to teach their players running with the ball and change of direction. Coaches may now begin to incorporate some soccer technique into their practice sessions. Every practice must finish with a small-sided game.
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Grassroots Learn to Train U9-U12
Learn to Train practice sessions should contain as many small-sided games as possible. Coaches should create game like scenarios at this stage to force players to make game like decisions and problem solve. All small-sided games should include direction, targets and an opposition.
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