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 [...]

9v9 Formations

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Basic (9u-12u), Coaching|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 9v9. 3-2-3 Pros: 4 spots to put less developed players (wings and fullbacks) Very strong center Excellent width Provides good passing and clearing options Tends to isolate your forward with [...]

7v7 Formations

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Basic (9u-12u), Coaching|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 7v7. 2-3-1 Pros: Good width and field coverage Less physically demanding Cons: Creates a hole in the middle of defense (fullbacks unsure who covers a drive up the middle) Only [...]

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. [...]

Choosing Player Positions

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Advanced (15u-18u), Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Intermediate (13u-14u)|Tags: , , , , , |

During your initial 2-3 practices for 10u and above, your most important job (other than Creating A Successful Culture) is to inventory your players' skill sets so that you can start building your formation early. Since you know The Importance of Scrimmages, you'll need to be able to educate your players on your system early. For 8u and [...]

Soccer Formations

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Player Development|Tags: , , , |

A soccer formation (also called a “system”) is simply how you structure the different positions on the field. Formations are always notated the same way starting with the number of fullbacks, then midfielders, then forwards. Goalkeepers are always ignored because there is always one and it’s the only mandatory position on the field. So if you [...]

Game Time Coaching

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Communication, Player Development|Tags: , , , |

The biggest difference you already made for your team for this game was the lineup. Still, a coach can have a big (and positive) impact on the game provided they are doing the correct things. There other areas where you have influence: Pregame warmup Pregame review Providing on the field instruction The last bullet is the [...]

Creating the Lineup

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Player Development|Tags: , , |

The single biggest difference you as a coach make on game day is the line up. Recognizing that Player Development is a core philosophy, that means that all players should get exposure to all positions over the course of a season. That doesn't mean that you randomly distribute and rotate players through, you indeed want to [...]