U8 Competitive Training

Freedom and Fun


At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun.”

• Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.

• Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.

• Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.

• Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.




Alicia Luciani, Technical Staff, has been playing soccer since the age of 8, and played competitively in the OWSL with Vaughan Azzurri. She now plays competitively with the Islington Rangers at the Premier level in the TSA’s Women’s Division Soccer League. She began coaching with SC Toronto in 2014, where she discovered her love and passion for coaching young girls. She also enjoys helping grassroots soccer organizations like Toronto Soccer Connection with their community development projects that aim to break down barriers to sport participation for youth. She studied Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences at McMaster University and recently completed her M.Sc. at the University of Toronto.

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U8 Indoor Training Session

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