5v5 Formations

By | July 21st, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Initial (<=8u)|Tags: , , , |

After reading about lineup creation, player positions, and basics of formations, you should have a solid grounding to select your formation for the season. Here are specific recommendations for 5v5 (no keeper) used in our 7u age group. 1-3-1 Pros: Provides good depth and great width Solid center provided by CM and CB Cons: Mids must [...]

4v4 Formations

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Initial (<=8u)|Tags: , , , |

After reading about lineup creation, player positions, and basics of formations, you should have a solid grounding to select your formation for the season. Here are specific recommendations for 4v4. 1-2-1 For 7u and above I recommend a basic diamond formation. It introduces the concept of a 3 tier system and promotes better spacing among players. [...]

Team Funds and Banner

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Fun, Initial (<=8u), Team Management|Tags: , |

Team Fund AYSO has a policy against collecting pooled funds as there have been cases of abuse. So you'll just need to do your best to get reinbursed for shared expenses. I recommend communicating upfront what that will be and collecting any banner funds right away. Typical expenses include: $15 per family to cover two parties and the occasional [...]

Template – Monthly Update to Parents

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Communication, Initial (<=8u), Team Management|Tags: , |

Continuing with our team communication plan: After your 3rd or 4th game your players will have hopefully made good progress towards your initial tactical/technical goals for the season. Now might be the time to highlight the progress the team has made and what new goals you’ll be working on for the next set of practices. The [...]

Player Development Initiatives

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Education and Certification, Initial (<=8u)|Tags: , , |

Player Development Initiatives (or PDIs) are meant to influence how soccer clubs (including AYSO) alter the implementation of soccer programs to accommodate younger players. Member clubs like AYSO take these initiatives and implement them at the division level. Each Section issues guidance to their respective regions about the implementation of these PDIs. PDIs cover a number of topics [...]