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Although the skills of 1st and 2nd graders are improving it is still important to remember that they are only 6-8 years old. As with the PreK and K age groups you do not need to teach them everything about soccer and should aim to create an environment based around fun. The best way to coach this age group is to create practices that include a lot of fun activities/ games. By doing this they will learn without even realizing it, find more enjoyment in the game, and your job as a coach will become much easier!

Here are some basic principles to remember:

  • The game is the best teacher

  • Focus on individual ball skills

  • Keep all the players moving as much as possible

  • Try not to include activities with lines

  • Encourage players to demonstrate to one another

  • Create a positive learning environment

    • Demonstrate what you are looking for

    • Use quick and simple explanations for activities

    • Support players with positive corrections and feedback

    • Continuously encourage everyone to do their best

Rules & Lesson Plans:

1st Grade Rules

2nd Grade Rules

US Youth Soccer Website Lesson Plans

1st/2nd G Lesson Plans 

Soccer Coach Weekly Practice Plans: 1st Grade and 2nd Grade

Soccer Drive Practice Plans

Additional K-3 Lesson Plan Ideas

Useful Links:

I volunteered to Coach, now what do I do?

US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Sam Snow’s Help Manual for Volunteer Coaches

US Soccer - Laws of the Game Made Easy

Soccer Coaching for Dummies

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

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