If you coach the Under 6, Under 8, or Under 10 year old age groups you have probably found yourself trying to explain to your kids what position they are going to play for a game, and where they are supposed to play. Likewise, if you have a child on the field you want them to have a basic understanding of what their role is in each game.
Usually what you end up with is a mass of kids running like a solid mass up and down the field.
I made these two diagrams for my U8 team last week and I have seen great improvement in just two practices and in the first game since implementation. Especially with my son who thought that a forward ran all over the field like a midfielder!
We labeled the defenders the “Red Zone”. The arrows represent the space on the field that the defenders will normally occupy during a game.
The Midfielders are the “Blue Zone” and the arrows likewise show were midfielders will shift for a game.
The Forwards are the “Green Zone” and this shows ideally where we want them positioned to take advantage of scoring opportunities.
You would be amazed how quickly our kids identified a position, and part of the field with a color.
(Keep in mind that the positions move horizontally and vertically on the field, too many arrows would be too confusing)
I sent each kid home with a copy to put on their refrigerator.
We saw overnight improvement in spacing and creation of scoring opportunities.
We had triple the scoring opportunities in this weeks game and we won 5-1.
Regardless of whether you are a parent or a coach, your child can learn from these diagrams, even though they are very simple.
Please leave me a comment below and let me know how your results are!
Here they are: (click to view or right click to download)
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