U11 & U12 Curriculum

9v9 Inclusive of U11 & U12 Age Groups

(School Years 6 & 7)

Attainment Targets

  1. Further development of 7v7 objectives.
  2. Preparation for moving into 11-a-side play.
  3. Continued concentration at this stage on the more important developments of:
  • The Triangle in team play
  • The Diamond in team play
  • “Third Man running”
  • Appreciation of the team principles of play and their roles when the team is attacking or defending
  • High concentration on basic skills in cooperative play, i.e., passing, control, shooting and heading; goalkeeper techniques and role
  1. Complete understanding of the rules of the game including the offside rule.
  2. Development of the role of the goalkeeper:
  • Catching techniques
  • Positioning in various scenarios
  • Distribution by throwing
  • Distribution by kicking
  1. Continued development of the techniques (basic skills) with greater pressure in a challenging, motivating environment and involve transition.
  2. Continued emphasis on the principles of play; and the roles of players when attacking and defending introduced at 7v7. Players will need to fully understand their particular role on the team in supporting the attack and regaining possession of the ball when defending. The players will need guidance in the performance of these roles due to the greater number of players on the field and the increased size of the field.
  3. The players should have an understanding of how to interchange roles during the course of play.
  4. Cooperative defending
  • all players participating, even the most advanced players getting “goal side” of opposing players. Continue to develop the principles of defence so all players gain the understanding of all the roles when defending. The role of the players that delay and put pressure on the ball; the players that provide support (cover) and the players that provide balance (width).
  1. Continued development of skills: passing, dribbling, shooting, ball control, and goalkeeping and heading, both defensively and in attack.
  2. Understanding of team shape when attacking, and balance when defending.
  3. Players should continue to be taught to:
  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Participate in team games, developing tactics for attacking and defending
  • Perform skills using more complex movement patterns
  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Apply cooperative principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Maintain and enhance flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • Use a range of complex movement patterns
  • Take part in adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve intrinsic motivation


FA Four Corner Attainment Targets


Technical Psychological
Cooperative defending
Cooperative attacking
Positional roles
Continued development of skills
Support play in attack & defence
Movement with & without the ball
Complex movement patterns
Engage in competitive play
Recognise their own success
Compare their performances
Cooperative attacking
Cooperative defending
Use of Imagination
Further experience of different environments
Use of “third man”
Physical Social
Speed of Movement
Movement patterns individually and cooperatively
Cool down movements
Communication (verbal /non Verbal)
Team work
Further experience of different environments

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