U9 – Learning To Train Physical – This is an optimal window for trainability of speed, flexibility and individual technique. Technical – Building a greater repertoire of soccer related movements; technical skills are developed in training and within the context of basic soccer games to become a skill. Tactical – Developing environment (spatial) awareness and encouraging decision making: simple combinations, marking players and running into space. The players will gain understanding of the game through experience of playing situations which requires them to make decisions. Mental – Golden age of learning; intrinsic motivation is developed by the Fun and Enjoyment that foster desire to play; imagination, creativity, increased demands, discipline. The effect of the role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing.” Players move from self-centred to self-critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skills training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.