What are the core or basic skills that youth soccer players should focus on during practice?
I am new to coaching a youth (8 year old) recreational soccer league in the Midwest, USA.
I have already started my training as a coach by brushing up on the rules of the game; discovering drills for the kids to practice; and generally just thinking through ways to make both practice and the game fun.
I need guidance in identifying what the core or basic skills are that the kids should be focusing on as opposed to more advanced skills which presumably build upon the basics. Some players will be new this season, other players have a season or two. None of them have played under an experienced coach, so their background is pretty light still.