U7 & U8 Curriculum

5 v 5 Inclusive of U7 & U8 Age Groups

(School Years 1, 2 & 3)


Attainment Targets

  1. Players should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
  2. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  3. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  4. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  5. Developing a general understanding of the basic rules of the game
  • Goal-Kick
  • Corner-Kick
  • Kick-Off
  • Throw-In
  • Ball In and Out of Play
  • Retreat Line (10 metres)
  1. Be taught the correct method of the throw-in; encourage players to kick the ball with either foot; how to dribble the ball; how to stop/trap the ball. Show players that passing is another option to dribbling.
  2. Encourage the players to cooperate – examples through passing; helping to defend by running back towards goal.
  3. Receive opportunities to play without defined positions, a fair rotation of goalkeepers is also essential to allow all to gain experience, with positive encouragement.
  4. Players should 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 simple tactics for attacking and defending;
  • Perform skills using simple movement patterns;
  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination;
  • Apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending;
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance;
  • Use a range of 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
Ball In and Out of Play
“Goal” and no goal”
Engage in competitive play
Recognise their own success
Compare their performances
Use of Imagination
Greater experience of different environments
Physical Social
Speed of Movement
Range of movement patterns
Communication (verbal /non Verbal)
Team work
Greater experience of different environments

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