|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.