For the best introduction to competitive Club soccer, we are proud to offer the Placer United Soccer Club 8 and Under Junior Program specifically designed for players age 8 and under. We believe this is the best option for young soccer players in the area and parallels the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) training program which places a larger emphasis on player development than winning.
Our age-appropriate curriculum focuses on individual technical development, building confidence in young soccer players, improving cognitive development, and increasing imagination by allowing players to learn the game gradually in a fun, exciting and competitive environment.
The U8 age group is in Stage 1 Development which is described as Mastery of the Ball (skills) and Dominating the 1v1. The main emphasis will be when “we” have the ball (offense). There will be little emphasis on coaching when “they” have the ball (defense) with the main goal being to get the ball back.
The main objective within the curriculum is to develop soccer personalities:
Teach and develop juggling, dribbling, running with the ball, 1v1 turns, 1v1 attacking moves, short passing, and scoring with both sides of the body.
Teach 1v1 offense and a basic understanding of roles and positions. Strategy and tactics will be based on the individual and very basic in both “we” have the ball (offense) and “they” have the ball (defense).
Emphasize having fun, but playing 100% while developing players who have respect toward the sport, teammates, coaches, and opponents. Players will be encouraged to have “confidence” with the ball and to make things happen with skill — “not be afraid to make mistakes.”
Teach psychomotor skills and general coordination both with and without the ball and teach all necessary movements needed for technical skill development.
The following split season format with a summer break makes training the perfect setting for families new to competitive soccer or with multiple soccer players. Also, for those who want the professional training and Club culture often absent from recreational options, without a huge time and financial commitment.
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