In this week's Animated Drills Video I describe the different formations that are developmentally appropriate for the 9 and 10 year olds that play in this game model. I've discussed these ideas on the CoachingSoccerWeekly.com podcast but though a visual representation would be helpful. The diagram is being created with the Academy Soccer Coach software.Continue reading
In this week's Animated Drills Video I discuss the different formations that are developmentally appropriate for the 10, 11 and 12 year olds that play in this game model. There are obviously more options for teams playing in the 9 v 9 model. I've discussed these ideas on the CoachingSoccerWeekly.com podcast but thought a visualContinue reading
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By Alex Trukan Formations are often the first thing that comes to our mind when talking about tactics. We hear numerous TV commentators introducing a team starting with a formation they play: 4-5-1, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1. Formation are a big part of the team’s tactics as it is a tool which helps to fulfil team’s styleContinue reading
When the game isn't going our way and what we're trying to do just isn't working, I look for ways to change the game. There are a few things that I look at and will discuss here but there are countless ways that changes the coach and players make can alter the game.
The first thing I look at is tempo. Is the other team stopping us and creating attacks of their own because they are playing more quickly than we are? Are they putting us under pressure because they are keeping possession longer and building up against us? Are there one or two areas on the field where they are just quicker than we are and we need to change who is playing in those areas?
If the other team is just working harder than we are and investing more into the game we need to raise our game match their intensity. I don't believe this is often the whole problem. Coaches who justContinue reading
Last week I gave examples of formations that you can use in the 6v6 format that is used in many areas of the US for U9 and U10 teams. You don't have too much flexibility when there are only six players on your team. With the 8v8 format you can do a number of thingsContinue reading
There are many books and dvds that discuss the different formations that can be played in the 11v11 game but I haven't seen that much discussion about how coaches organize their players when playing 6v6 or 8v8. While there are some areas that use 7v7 and 9v9, the former are the two most common formatsContinue reading