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Curriculum

The Bay Soccer Club training curriculum is overseen by the BSC Directors of Player Development and the BSC Travel Committee.

BSC Player Development Curriculum

BAY SOCCER CLUB – PLAYER DEVELOPMENT


BSC U4-U6 Suggested Coaching Curriculum | Socialize and Discover


During the “introductory years” these young players are attempting to:

Have fun and be excited about their next soccer get-together

Learn and improve their basic individual techniques; dribbling & shooting

Develop their coordination and basic motor skills with and without the ball

Become more comfortable and confident with the ball, sharing the ball and playing fairly

Score lots of goals and celebrate their successes


Skill Priorities:

Dribbling with ALL sides of the feet

Dribble out of, and away from, pressure (the pack)

Dribble past someone

Soft touches while dribbling to keep the ball close

No kicking just to kick, unless shooting on goal.

Proper throw-ins; hands behind head, keeping both feet on the ground.

It’s mainly about dribbling at this age.  Please discourage random kicking as it can become a bad habit that will need breaking in later years.


By the end of the U6 age group, players should be capable of the following:

Handling the ball with at least one foot and both hands

Occupying their original starting position during the game once an action is finished

Running, jumping and stopping with and without the ball

Purposefully kick the ball, reasonably straight, for 8-10 yards

Shoot the ball with the inside or top of the foot (laces) and not only with their toe

Perform an appropriate and legal throw-in consistently



BSC U7-U8 Suggested Coaching Curriculum | Embracing the Basics


During the “fundamental phase” these young players are attempting to:

Have fun and be excited about their next soccer get-together

Rotate through ALL of the positions, including the goalkeeper, to avoid the desire for early position specialization

Experiment with the qualities of a rolling or spinning ball

Lift the ball with their feet with intent to juggle

Receive balls passed on the ground with the inside and sole of the foot

Develop their shooting ability with the inside of the foot

Enhance and apply their basic individual techniques; dribbling while changing direction

Further develop their coordination and basic motor skills like walking, running or jumping combined with ball handling and ball control

Understand the rules of the game pertaining to goal boxes and offside

Learning the roles of each position on the field

Show you what they can do while excitedly trying new things


Skill Priorities:

Dribbling with ALL sides of  BOTH feet

Dribble out of, and away from, pressure (the pack)

Dribble past someone, intentionally and purposefully

Soft touches while dribbling to keep the ball close

Soft first touch when receiving (trapping) a pass from a teammate

Introduce the inside of the foot pass to the players who can dribble out of trouble

Introduce proper shooting technique (head steady, shoulders &  hips square to target and follow through)

Proper throw-ins; hands behind head, keeping both feet on the ground 


These young players love to “play”, therefore all practices should be based on fun and games.  Players must spend the maximum time possible in contact with the ball and experiment by themselves.  Give different responsibilities to the players in order to develop a sense of team.


By the end of the U8 age group, players should be capable of the following:

Dribbling skills including:

Dribble with all sides of both feet

Dribble out of trouble

Dribble past someone, intentionally

Stopping and running with the ball at speed

Shield the ball from another player with their own body

Demonstrate a soft first touch (including trapping)

Demonstrate the basics of proper shooting technique

Demonstrate the basics of proper passing with reasonable accuracy at 8-12 yards

Very basic tactical skills such as:

Maintaining position but moving with play (not chasing the ball everywhere it goes)

Moving forward and spreading out when attacking

Retreating and become more compact when defending

Basic quick, coordinated movements with and without the ball


Special Topics (mix in as needed):

Throw-ins – Throw it up the sideline towards the opposing team’s goal.

Goal Kicks – Kick it toward one side. Don’t kick it across your goal or to the other team.



BSC U9-U10 Suggested Coaching Curriculum | Igniting the Passion


During the “team-oriented” phase these young players are attempting to:

Have fun, compete, and be excited about their next soccer get-together

Understand how to create space to receive the ball and keep possession

Embracing the opportunity to move AWAY from the ball to open up space

Occupy the correct space in relation to the ball and to their teammates

Become more accurate with their individual soccer techniques

Show improvement in collective team related soccer techniques

Develop speed, coordination, and balance with and without the ball

Interact positively with their teammates during the game and feel confident within the group


Skill Priorities:

Dribbling with ALL sides of  BOTH feet (continued from U8/U9)

Dribble out of, and away from, pressure (the pack)

Dribble past someone, intentionally and purposefully

Soft touches while dribbling to keep the ball close

Receiving (trapping) the ball with all parts of the body (feet, thighs, and chest)

Passing with the insides and outsides of both feet

Shooting the ball with both feet – using the laces as well as the insides of both feet

Proper throw-ins; hands behind head, keeping both feet on the ground 


Developing good technique is essential at this age. Create an environment where you can achieve the maximum repetition of technical skills for each player. Speed, coordination, balance, and agility are the main physical aspects to improve during this stage of development.


By the end of the U10 age group, players should be capable of the following:

Attacking and defending basic skills in 1v1 situations.

Application of basic attacking tactics

Recognizing when they are under pressure

Wall passes and give-and-go’s

Movement without the ball to support a player or create space

Understanding the offside rule

Application of basic defending tactics

Staying between an attacker and our goal when we do not have possession – even if that attacker does not currently have the ball (getting “goal-side”)

Compressing space when we lose possession

Basics of the roles of pressuring and covering

Basic techniques on tackling

Coordinated movements at speed

Able to change speed and direction with the ball

Faints and simple moves to beat opponents

Accurate ground passes at 15-20 yards

Receive ball while moving and set up next move (dribble, pass, shot) with a good first touch


Special Topics (mix in as needed):

Throw-ins – Throw it up the sideline towards the opposing team’s goal.

Goal Kicks – Kick it toward one side. Don’t kick it across your goal or to the other team.

Free kicks – Setting up the team offensively and defensively for corner kicks, walls or indirect kicks



BSC U11-U12 Suggested Coaching Curriculum | Learning to Train


During the “critical transition period” these young players are attempting to:

Have fun, compete, and be excited about their next soccer get-together

Develop attacking/defending principles and combination play

Attacking: penetration, support, mobility, width, depth and creativity on the ball

Defending: recovery, cover, pressure, balance, compactness and counter attack

Increase accuracy and speed in individual and collective soccer techniques

Focus on the quality of passing and receiving technique as well as individual ball control within game situations

Push oneself to increase speed, coordination, and balance within competitive game situations

Cooperate with their teammates in collective tasks while increasing self-confidence with their peers


Skill Priorities:

Changing speed and direction to beat an opponent

Playing accurate ground and air passes at 20 yards

Short passing with appropriate touch

Passing with the insides and outsides of both feet

Passing to pace with intent so players can run onto the ball

Shooting the ball with both feet with accuracy – using the laces as well as the insides of both feet

Proper throw-ins; hands behind head, keeping both feet on the ground 


Between U12 and U14, roughly 75% of players will quit playing soccer. These players need to be allowed to have fun and soccer should be enjoyable above all else.


By the end of the U12 age group, players should be capable of the following:

Attacking and defending skills in 1v1 situations.

Application of attacking tactics

Recognizing when they are under pressure and protecting the ball

Recognizing no pressure and moving the ball up the field (penetrating)

Able to change the point of attack when needed including switching the field

Wall passes and give-and-go’s to move the ball forward and penetrate defenses

Movement without the ball to support a player or create space

Understanding the offside rule

Application of defending tactics

Staying between an attacker and our goal when we do not have possession – even if that attacker does not currently have the ball (getting “goal-side”)

Compressing space when we lose possession

Understanding the roles of pressuring and covering (1st and 2nd defender)

Recognition of opportunities for and support of counter attacks

Moving around the field as a team in reaction to the play of the game

Active communication with teammates in game situations

Understanding the different thirds of the field (defending third, midfield third and attacking third)


Special Topics (mix in as needed):

Volley kicks – proper technique

Heading – Practice safe and proper technique (not too often, limit heading when can)

Free kicks – Setting up the team offensively and defensively for corner kicks, defensive walls or indirect kicks



BSC U13-U14 Suggested Coaching Curriculum | For the Love of the Game


During the “maturation phase” these young players are attempting to:

Have fun, compete, and be excited about their next soccer get-together

Apply the attacking/defending principles to create combination play and zonal defending

Attacking: creating space, giving support, creating width and depth, performing overlaps and diagonal runs, playing the ball forward, switching position and
maintaining possession

Defending: recovery, cover, pressure, balance, compactness and counter attack

Focus on the quality of passing and receiving techniques, ball control and finishing in big and small spaces

Continue development of endurance, speed, and strength

Willing to compete in individual and team situations while maintaining a high level of focus in training


Between U12 and U14, roughly 75% of players will quit playing soccer. These players need to be allowed to have fun and soccer should be enjoyable above all else.


By the end of the U14 age group, players should be capable of the following:

Demonstrate technical competence:

Passing the ball at speed in reduced spaces while under pressure

Short and long accurate passes - Passing on the ground accurate at 20 yards. In the air at 25 yards

Ability to head ball up or down, heading after jumping

Shooting consistently on target

Sharp, quick turns

Strong shielding

Solid tackling

Application of attacking tactics

Accurate driven crosses

First touch finishing

Makes good choices about passing, shooting or dribbling

Knows several ways to work with a teammate to beat an opponent (wall pass, 1-2, overlap, takeover) and move the ball forward, how to deliver a ball to a teammate
to maximize their chances of making something positive happen

Deciding when to attack directly versus when to attack through the build-up

When to switch fields and when to take advantage of numbers up situations

Application of defensive tactics

Understanding of the roles of pressure, cover, and balance – thorough knowledge of 3rd and 4th defenders

Able to initiate and support counter attacks from the back

Compressing space when we lose possession

Ability to work as a line to deny space to the opponent (using offside rule to advantage)

Combination play and communications with teammates

Switches position with teammates as gameplay dictates in-order to maintain formation (defensive covering/recovering and offense diagonal runs, take-overs and
overlaps)

Understands the roles of players in the thirds of the field: defenders (backs), midfielders, forwards

Active communication with teammates


Additional Special Topics (mix in as needed):

Penalty kicks – proper technique



Boys Director of Player Development  Jeff Jameson
Girls Director of Player Development Brandon Wulf

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