U9 & U10 Curriculum

7v7 Inclusive of U9 & U10 Age Groups

(School Years 4 & 5)


Attainment Targets


  1. Further development of 5v5 objectives.
  2. Development of the appreciation of space through the use of other players:
  • Diamond Shape at goal
  • kicks and throw-ins must be continually emphasized
  • Continued encouragement to use the “width”
  • both sides of field
  • Encourage the most advanced player to stretch the opposition by pushing toward opposition goal
  • Movement when own team is in possession.
  1. Encouragement in practices (and games) of the importance of team support
  • particularly in 3 v 3 and 4 v 4 games and practices.
  1. Encourage all players to be ‘two-way players.’ Suggest all players should recover to help defend after losing possession; all players should look to contribute to every attacking play (even where their “role” is as the “covering” rear-most defender).
  2. Development of a further understanding of the rules of the game and introduction to the offside rule for future precipitation in next stage.
  3. Development of the role of the goalkeeper:
  • Basic catching techniques
  • Coming out to narrow angle on shots
  • Distribution by throwing
  • Moving out to edge of goal area and beyond to support attack and using the feet
  1. Continued development of basic techniques such as dribbling (to keep possession and to beat opponents), accurate passing and ball control, introduction or reinforcement of longer passing.
  2. Cooperative attacking:
  • all players involved but with an awareness of cover (by the goalkeeper and at least one covering field player). Develop an understanding of the roles that players have in supporting the attack: player with ball, players providing immediate support of ball and other players who create length and unbalance the defence. All this needs to be shown in an environment with greater numbers of teammates and opponents on a larger playing field.
  1. 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 an 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. The introduction of light heading.
  2. Developing an 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 simple movement patterns
  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Apply cooperative 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
Cooperative defending
Cooperative attacking
Positional roles
Continued development of skills
Support play in attack & defence
Movement with & without the ball
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
Communication (verbal /non Verbal)
Team work
Further experience of different environments

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