Football - Ballyholland Harps GAC

Under 8 Football Training

This section of my website is aimed at soccer coaching drills for the U8 - U9 age group.

Although the U8 - U9 coaching practices still need to be fun, it is now time to move on to slightly more technical drills.The players by this age are beginning to understand more technical parts of soccer such as a better positional sense and spacial awareness. If you feel these drills are slightly too advanced for now, why not try out some of the U6-U7 drills and adapt them as required.

U8 Drills

U9 Drills

What I enjoy about the soccer drills for this age group is that we can start to include more 'coaching points'.

Each one of my exercises includes coaching points.

Look at these carefully and remember to keep asking your players questions on these coaching points.

This should then allow your players to start thinking for themselves.

If you would like to see soccer coaching drills for U6 - U7 age group - Click Here!

Are YOU respected as a coach? I was lucky that when coaching in America I had the 'luxury' of having a British accent.This seemed to help me come across more professional I was often told.

Also, I soon realised that many of my soccer exercises were not only original to the players but also exciting. (Please feel free to use as many of the drills as you like!)

If the players are having fun then they will naturally learn. Remember that! Just because the players get older, doesn't mean the fun has to stop.

If you ever see a Premier League team practice you will notice that they are frequently playing fun, soccer related games to keep the players motivated.