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U7-U8 Academy

This section of the website, will allow coaches and players to find helpful resources to improve the development of everyone within the U7-U8 Academy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gameday Rules

FIFA Laws of The Game are enforced with the following special rules...

  • Scores not recorded.
  • Field size is 40x30 yards, with a 6 foot arc around the goal, where only the GK can go.
  • 5v5 (with GK) - Leaves 4v4 on field.
  • Goalkeeper Arc (6 foot arc lined around goal) - Only the GK is allowed in the arc. If GK gets the ball, he must either roll the ball out, or put the ball down in the arc and pass out. NO PUNTING.
  • If another player enters the arc, play is restarted with a goal kick (offensive player inside the arc), or a corner kick (defending player inside the arc).
  • GK are allowed to leave the arc, but cannot handle the ball outside the arc.
  • New ball concept: If a ball goes out of bounds (sideline or goal line) coaches introduce a new ball into the game to keep the game going (same as for Grasshoppers U5/6)
  • Roll on/roll off substitutions during any stoppage.
  • Offside rule is not enforced.

Game day rules:

  • 2x 25 minute game (coaches can give two minute water break midway through if desired).
  • 10 Minute rest before second game begins.
  • Games to be started and finished by the coaches

COACHES ARE EXPECTED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THE GAMES RUN SMOOTHLY FOR ALL IN ATTENDANCE TO ENJOY. 'HONOR THE GAME'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Technique Guide

Here are some weblinks to just a few of the skills and techniques that the players are learning at the U7-U8 Academy. Players can watch the videos below and get extra practice at home...

Dribbling
Inside of the foot
Outside of the foot (1)   Outside of the foot (2)
Sole of the foot
Laces
One foot only

Feints & Disguises
Matthews Move (1)    Matthews Move (2)
Scissors
Reverse Scissors
Double Touch (1)     Double Touch (2)
Inside-Outside
Jay-Jay

Passing
Push Pass

Receiving
Inside of foot (1)    Inside of foot (2)

Turning
Pull back (1)    Pull back (2)
Inside hook
Outside hook
Cruyff turn (1)    Cruyff turn (2)
Stepover turn

Shooting
For power (1)     For power (2)

Goalkeeping
Balls on the ground
Balls into chest
Balls above head
Balls to the side (1)    Balls to the side (2)

Download the complete technical guide, with coaching points and step by step instructions breaking down each and every skill in the U7-U8 Academy Syllabus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016 Practice Dates

Practices are expected to be on Tuesdays and Thursday. Practice time and dates will be confirmed once the teams are formed.