Teaching attacking soccer concepts to young players is a lot of fun. Young players are like sponges, picking up skills and soccer concepts very quickly.
At the younger ages the players have a harder time keeping possession of the soccer ball because of the skill factor. The players will lose the soccer ball because they have not developed any touch and chase the soccer ball everywhere. It is vital that the young players get a lot of touches on the ball to improve skill and decision making.
Skill development is obviously an on going process for the kids as they move up the ranks. Once the players can perform the basics very well, ball possession will be a lot easier and this will lead to more attacking soccer opportunities.
The more the players can get their heads and eyes up, looking away from the soccer ball, the more they will see space to dribble into, 1v1 chances, passing lanes and shooting opportunities.
Young players should be encouraged to learn attacking play at younger ages so these skills are developed and ingrained into their game.
These skills will be harder to develop at the older ages and tactics will be hard to teach. This will help the young player as he or she is introduced to more advanced tactics.
So, lets move into how to teach attacking soccer concepts to young players...