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Developing Skills

OYSA’s Developmental Leagues is for youths U8-U10.

Below is the American Development Model age-appropriate playing recommendations for age groups U8-U10. The only real difference in playing objectives and strategies within these developmental age groups is the time on the ball, and the size of the ball. The objective of making sure players have fun and can express their creativeness are essential to development.

U8 Guidelines

  • Long-Term Athlete Development: Discover, Learn, and Play
  • Program Priorities: 1. Enjoyment, 2. Physical Activity, 3. Social, 4. Technical, 5. Fundamentals
  • Season Length/Sessions per week: 10-12 Weeks, 2 session per week, 1 game per week
  • Session Length/Format: 60-75 minutes, Play, Practice, Play Model
  • Game Length/Format: 4v4 games, 4–10 minute quarters
  • Activity Priorities: Fun, Physical Movement, Time on the Ball, Engagement, Creativity
  • Player:Coach Ratio: 6:1 is recommended, may be adjusted as needed but work towards ideal
  • Water Break: Not necessary unless needed based on weather/activities, 2 minute break between activities/quarters
  • Team Roster Make-Up and Size: Teams/Groups are formed by: Chronological age, Sign-ups, grade, school, friends
  • Playing Time: Everyone plays at least 50% of each game with a goal of 75%
  • Ball Size: Size 3 ball
  • Coach Certificate: Introduction to Grassroots Coaching and 4v4 Online Course Recommended
  • Coaching Philosophy: Player Centered, High Energy, Engaging, Asks Questions
  • Style of Play: Soccer Decisions, Creativity, Experimental Coaches
  • Toolkit Preferences: Positive Feedback, Guided Questions, Key Words

U9/10 Guidelines (changes from U8)

  • Season Length/Sessions per week:10-14 Weeks, 2 session per week, 1 game per week
  • Game Length/Format: 7v7games, Formal League Play, 2-25 Minute Halves
  • Player:Coach Ratio: 9:1 is recommended, 10:1 maximum, may be adjusted as needed but work towards recommended
  • Water Break: Not necessary unless needed based on weather/activities, 5-minute break between activities/quarters
  • Playing Time: Everyone plays at least 50% of each game with a goal of 75%
  • Ball Size: Size 4 ball
  • Coach Certificate: Introduction to Grassroots Coaching and 7v7 Online or In-Person Course Recommended

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