Types of soccer formations, advantages and disadvantages, how to choose and teach them, and how to assign positions to youth soccer players are discussed below.
Soccer formations for 8v8, 11v11, 10v10, 9v9, 7v7, 6v6, 5v5 and 4v4.
Access to hundreds of pages of information about soccer formations and positions for Rec and select soccer.
The critical factors you should consider when choosing a formation and how to choose the formation that will give your team the best chance for success..
The soccer formation you choose, and how you assign positions, can greatly affect your team's success.
Soccer Formations - There are hundreds of pages and dozens of tips about soccer formations on SoccerHelp at www.soccerhelp.com/Soccer_Formation_Basics.shtml. Soccer formations for teams playing 8v8, 11v11, 9v9, 10v10 and 5v5. Diagrams for 11v11 and 8v8. Excerpts from SoccerHelp are below.
Some soccer formations are better suited for Rec teams than others. One of the easiest things you can do to make a BIG difference in your team's play is to choose a soccer formation and style of play that fits your team. The soccer formations that work for Select or Travel teams usually don't work well for Rec teams. Rec coaches usually don't have the time to teach complex systems of play, and complex formations and styles of play can cause players to become hesitant and frustrated. The easiest thing you can do to cause a fast improvement in your team's play is to change to a simplified, easy-to-teach formation and style of play that gives your team the best chance for success. How to choose the best soccer formation and how to teach that formation to your players is explained in detail on SoccerHelp.
The soccer formation you choose should be based on:
Keep in mind that in any soccer formation your players will need to shift with the ball on both offense and defense (to provide support), recover to defensive positions when the ball is lost, and push forward some on the attack. I find it helpful to give my players some clear rules to follow so they understand their responsibilities. For example, if a Rec team is playing a 2-1-3-1 soccer formation (NOTE- this applies to Rec teams and not necessarily to Travel teams):
Below is a diagram that of a 11 vs. 11 soccer formation. It shows a 3-2-3-2 formation with the team attacking and the ball inside the opposing team's Penalty Box. Notice that in this example the Center Fullback and 2 Stoppers have Pushed Up to support the attack, but that 2 Fullbacks have stayed deep. You can read the reasoning for this and the circumstances when this is a good approach by clicking the above link.
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