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Have a written lesson plan for each training session or practice. You cannot have a good practice if you do not have an idea of what you want to accomplish during that practice. The plan may be written out in detail on a practice planning form (see sample Lesson Plan Form). Writing down your plan will help you think through the equipment and setup you will need for the topics to be covered.

 Below are sample lesson plans written by various coaches involved in youth soccer.  No commercial reproduction, adaptation, distribution or transmission of any part or parts of lesson plan or any information contained, herein by any means whatsoever is permitted without the prior written permission of Indiana Soccer. 

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Age Appropriate Training Sessions

U6 Lessons

Principles of U6's Part I
Principles Of U6's Part II
Dribbling With The Head Up
Dribbling To "Get Away"
Dribbling In A Crowd
Dribbling-Sam Snow
Striking A Ball
U6 Variety Of Lesson Plans
U6-U8 Movement
"HD" Lesson for Responsibility

New-Video Lesson Plans
Dribbling Practice Plan
Dribbling With The Head Up (Warm-up)
Dribbling With The Head Up (First Activity)
Dribbling With The Head Up (Second Activity)
Dribbling With The Head Up (Final Game)

U8 Lessons
Principles of U8's
Dribbling To Keep Possession
Dribbling To Set Up The Pass
Cooperatively Competing
Making Connections
Striking A Ball
U8 Variety Of Lesson Plans
PE in the soccer environment

New-Video Lesson Plan
Striking The Ball Practice Plan
Striking The Ball (Warm Up)
Striking The Ball (First Activity)
Striking The Ball (First Activity variation)
Striking The Ball (Second Activity)
Striking The Ball (Third Activity)
Striking The Ball (Final 4v4 Game)

U10 Lessons
Dribbling-Taking Players On
Dribbling To Beat An Opponent using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Dribbling-Finding Space
Dribbling To Keep Possession
Improving Individual Possession
Dribbling-Keeping The Head Up
Dribbling To Keep Possession using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Ball Wizards
Passing and Receiving using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Turning and Receiving using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Attack Oriented Training
Spatial Awareness
Striking A Ball-Finishing (Academy Style)
Winning The Ball Back
Sample U9-10 Academy Curriculum
Circuit Training for U9-10 Academy
Considerations for the U10-12 Player (6 week program)

U12 Lessons
"Managing The Game" (U10 and up)
Laps Not Required (U8 and U12 Lesson Plan)
When To Dribble-When To Pass
Running With The Ball
Passing using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Spatial Awareness
Spatial Awareness-Sam Snow
Movement Without The Ball
Passing To Keep Possession
Finishing (GABOO)
Finishing-Sam Snow
Shooting To Score
Combination Play
Block Tackling
First Defender
Defending Principles (Pressure and Cover)
Goalkeeper Included (session for finishing and goalkeepers)

U13 and Up 
Current Trends and how to apply them in the youth environment
Getting Ready For 11v11 (pre-season training)
Passing using the Whole-Part-Whole Method
Passing To Penetrate-Sam Snow
Vision and Support Play
Changing The Point Of Attack
Speed of Play
Combination Play
Teaching the Overlap and Takeover
Volleying Techniques
Team Building Sessions
First Defender for U14 and up
Wing Play
High Pressure Defending
Introduction to Zonal Defending
Zonal Defending
Training Three Central Midfielders Defensively
"Smart" Pressure
Going from the Defensive 1/3 to the Middle 1/3
Transition from Attack to Defense
Incorporating the GK Into The Attack
Goalkeeping-"Distribution and Attack Play"
Goalkeeping-Dealing With Crosses
Goalkeeping-U16 Developmental Academy
Goalkeeping-U18 Developmental Academy

Sessions from International Clubs, Conventions, and Workshops
Manchester United 4v4
The Everton Way
Scottish FA Developmental 4's Program
Scottish FA Youth Lesson Plans 12-18
Houllier Session from NSCAA Convention
Condition To Transition-George Perry
MLS Training Session-Kansas City Wizards from NSCAA Convention
New Trends for Warming Up and Cooling Down
Possession Activities from Dr. Lew Atkinson
Ross County Fitness and Technical Session
US Women's National Team Field Testing of Fitness
Newcastle United First Team Training
Sunderland U17's
UEFA Small Sided Games

ODP Sessions
District Training-Dribbling With The Head Up
District Training-Passing To Keep Possession
Pool Training 11-14 age groups Combination Play
Pool Training 11-14 age groups Defending
Pool Training 95 Boys November 2009-Possession to penetrate
Pool Training 96 Girls November 2009-Possession with a purpose
Pool Training 97 Boys-November 2009-Possession with a purpose
Region 2 Defending Training Session
Region 2 Speed of Play Training Session
Region 2 Training Sessions-Disney Event 2007
Region 2 Training Sessions-Decatur, Alabama Event 2009
Region 2 96 Girls Camp Curriculum 2009
Region 2 98 Boys Camp Curriculum 2010

Warm Up Activities

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