Youth Soccer Formations – Which One Should I Use?

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By Nigel Reed

I am approaching the final year of coaching a team from the under 8’s through to Under 16’s, and during that time I have discovered the growth that players go through. both physically and also their mental approach and understanding of the game. It has been a great journey of discovery, and through substantial learning, both self help and formal education, I am now a firm believer in the “Principles of the Game” and how youth soccer formations fit in with the principles of the game. I will try to explain.

Lets say you have an 11 a side team and you decide on a 4-4-2 formation. So, our line up is:

One goalkeeper,

Four defenders (two central and two wide),

Four midfielders (again two central and two wide) and

Two strikers (mainly central).

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Soccer Drills for Coaches – Practice Makes Perfect

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By Matt Hick

Coaches have used soccer drills for years to teach a variety of moves and strategies to players. While many players argue that repetitive drills are boring, the benefits of practicing the same skill over and over again can make the difference between a team full of qualified players who are ready to go up against even the toughest team, and a team with little or no teamwork capabilities or soccer skill.

The goal of the coach is to find drill that not only teaches specific playing skills, but which are fun for players. Here are a few basic skills drills to get your team started:

Taking Control of the ball is vitally important in the game of soccer. One way to help players learn to gain control is by separating them into two teams in two single file lines facing each other. Serve the ball into the air while each player fights for control of it.
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Coaching the Youth Team Clip

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