Lakelands Toros Soccer Club

9v9 Recreation Curriculum

Principles of Age Appropriate Development


  • 8-12 year olds have a special ability to learn. Therefore, this is the right age to work on specific soccer techniques and skills. Developing good technique is essential at this age.

  • 1v1 and 2v1 attacking and defending situations are important to develop individual skills as well as passing techniques to develop the necessary team game.

  • Using Small Sided Games to develop basic attacking and defending principles.

9v9 Practice Set Up

Warm Up - 15 minutes

Technical Game - 20 minutes

Scrimmage - 25 minutes


60 minutes


9v9 Recreation Schedule

Practice 1
Practice 2
Practice 3
Practice 4

Video Tutorial - Hiding the ball (Practice 1)
Video Tutorial - Moving the Ball (Practice 1)
Video Tutorial - Changing Speed 1v1 (Practice 2)
Video Tutorial - Home Stadium (Practice 2)
Video Tutorial - End Game with Official Rules (there are no throw-ins or goalkeepers in 4v4)
Video Tutorial - New Balls (Practice 4 - no goalkeepers at this age)

Game Format

  • Number of Players: 9v9
  • Field Size: 75x50 yards
  • Playing Time: 2 x 30 minute halves
  • Break Time: 5 minutes
  • Ball Size: Size 4

Complete Rules of 9v9 Soccer