Football Coaching Resources

Session Plans

The National Curriculum for Football from the FFA has a good selection of session plans for training players involved in both junior and youth football. These session plans have instructions, diagrams, and some also have a short video of the activity being undertaken live.

Junior Football - Skill Acquisition Phase (U8-U12)

The focus of training at this stage is on the four core skills of football, with a focus on skills required when you and/or your team are in possession of the ball: Each session is organised into three parts: skill introduction, skill training, and skill game. The sections below provide a short description and then a link to the FFA session plan.
Session One

This would work well with seven or eight players, but would need some small adjustments for more.

1 v 1 session one plan
Session Two

The activities in this session are more complex then the other two sessions, and the skill game is designed for 8 players.

1 v 1 session two plan
Session Three

This would work well with any number of players - the activities are quite flexible.

1 v 1 session three plan

 

Session One

This would work well with ten players, but could be reasonably well adjusted for 8.

First Touch session one plan
Session Two

The skill game has been designed for 12 players, could be easily adjusted for 10, but would need more significant modifications to work with fewer.

First Touch session two plan
Session Three

The skill game is fairly flexible with player numbers, with the skill training activity designed for 10, but fairly easily adjusted for fewer or greater numbers.

First Touch session three plan

 

Session One

This would work well with ten players, but could be reasonably well adjusted for 8.

Running with the Ball session one plan
Session Two

The skill game has been designed for 12 players, could be easily adjusted for 10, but would need more significant modifications to work with fewer.

Running with the Ball session two plan
Session Three

The skill game is fairly flexible with player numbers, with the skill training activity designed for 10, but fairly easily adjusted for fewer or greater numbers.

Running with the Ball session three plan

 

Session One

The focus of this session is on short passing. The skill game is designed for 12 players, but would work effectively with 9 as well.

Striking the Ball session one plan
Session Two

The focus of this session is the 'killer pass', which means to make a long pass to your teammate through/past an opposition player(s). The skill game is designed for 12, but could work with fewer numbers with some small adjustments.

Striking the Ball session two plan
Session Three

The focus of this session is on shooting at goal. Skill game is designed for 8 players, but could be modified relatively easily to suit larger or smaller numbers of players.

Striking the Ball session three plan