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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]