U11-U12, 9 V 9 Format

The U12 age division enforces all soccer rules with the modifications of being played as 9 V 9 and intentional heading being treated as a minor infraction.  Below is excellent description of the offside rule from Soccer For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Thomas Dunmore and Scott Murray.

9 V 9 Standards of Play

What is the Offside Rule in Soccer?

ORL Policies and Procedures (These are OSA’s rules that all clubs must follow – effective Fall 2018.)

Below are a few coaching lesson plans from the US Youth Soccer that you may find helpful.

U12 Penetration Drills & Games

U12 Defense Drills & Games

U12 Receiving & Passing Drills & Games

We suggest all U12 coaches take the 9 V 9 grassroots course offered by US Soccer. All courses can be accessed through the Digital Coaching Center by clicking here. This link will take you to the schedule for 9 V 9 in-person classes in Oklahoma, as well as some online courses. The Digital Coaching Center also has some great resources for coaches at all levels. Check back often – more courses are added throughout the year.