Soccer Formations

Over 50 soccer formations for youth soccer - U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, 4v4, 5v5, 6v6, 7v7, 8v8, 9v9, 10v10 and 11v11 soccer formations.

Soccer formations, soccer positions and tactics for both Rec and Travel select soccer teams.

Choosing the right soccer formation can make a great difference in how well your soccer team plays. The right soccer formation can allow a team to play to the best of their ability but the wrong soccer formation can doom a team to failure. Fortunately, choosing the right soccer formation is one of the easiest things a coach can do to help his team play better and have more fun. Every soccer team is different, and the soccer formation that is best for one team might not be the best for another team. You should choose the formation that works best for your players and NOT try to force your team to play a formation that they can't be successful with. The soccer formation you choose should be based on your team's speed, ability, endurance, field size and the speed and ability of your opponents.

The link below will take you to a great deal of information about soccer formations, how to choose a soccer formation, how to assign soccer positions, and how to coach soccer formations.

Soccer Formations for Youth Soccer

There are over 300 pages of information on SoccerHelp and SoccerHelp Premium about how to teach and how to coach soccer formations and positions. For example:

  • When is "Depth" more important than "Width"?
  • What types of teams need a formation that has Width?
  • Which formations work best for slow players?
  • Which work best if you have unskilled players?
  • Where should you play your best players?
  • Why it is more important to be defensively strong in the Center of the field (between the 2 goals) than it is to defend the "wings".
  • What is the best position for a player who is a great athlete but lacks soccer skills?
  • How to decide the best formation for your team?

Below is a Diagram that shows a 2-1-3-1 soccer formation when the team is attacking with the ball inside their opponent's Penalty Box. This diagram assumes a recreational team that is U10 or older and has slow fullbacks who are staying deep because if they push up to support the attack they aren't fast enough to recover to defensive positions if the ball is lost. Click the above link to see more diagrams.

Soccer Formations Diagrams

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