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  1. SuperSoccerFanatic
    October 13, 2010

    I just wanted to point you to this interesting soccer video on 6v6 soccer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV_-HtTa2fg

  2. Bob
    October 13, 2010

    While you certainly did quite a bit of analysis, I’m concerned that all the tactical discussion missed the point at this age group.

    u10 is non-competitive and records/standings are not supposed to be kept except for aggregate purposes (at the league level to check for blowouts, etc.).

    If you have a kid “chase the ball all over the field” or pack the defense, you are not teaching (IMO) proper concepts of balance, cover, and spacing. Tactics at the U10 level should be simple — most kids at that age still don’t do 1 v 1 defending well so play a simple 2-3, 2-1-2, or 3-2 and emphasize more the things you said — everyone plays offense and defense, the game is about making good decisions (shoot, dribble, pass, shield) with the ball and putting yourself in a good position to support (attack or defend) when you don’t have the ball.

    I get if you are up a goal with 5 minutes to go that you put your stronger players in the back; however, I think the general rule should be to put like players together as much as possible for matches so the stronger players just don’t take over when they have weaker players with them, especially when there are only 5 field players.

    Curious your perspectives after 4 years…

  3. Tim
    November 20, 2010

    With U10 6v6 I have been playing them as 2-2-1. I am considering 1-3-1. With the 2 defenders I am trying to have them play 1st and 2nd defender more so than left & right, so the thought is I could move one of them up into a defensive central mid role to encourage them to participate more in the attack. The striker is the only player who would stay up as a target player for the counter attack, although that has not necessarily worked out with my 8 year olds. The mids are supposed to come back and they do, and the weak side mid naturally slides to the middle (and beyond unless I remind them). I have the defenders push up on the attack and they are free to overlap up the side if they have space, and a couple are able to do this. The idea here is to try to prepare them to play in more complicated formations as they go up, and to create situations where they can work together in diamond and triangle shapes. I too would be interested to hear how the tactical evolution went.

  4. mark feaver
    February 24, 2012

    i am a coach of an u9 6v6 team and i am going to change my formation to the 1-3-1.The reason i am going to do this is to encourage better attacking play.With the single defender covering this allows 4 out of my 5 outfield players to pressure the opposition higher up the field ,preferably in their own half.All the midfielders support in attack and pressure the ball when defending.My lone attacking midfielder will chase and close down any ball in the oppositions half.Whilst im aware a lone defender may be exposed to counter attacking , this can be overcome by instructing the players to get back as quick as they can behind the ball to slow down the attack giving us time to regroup and defend.My moto is “wide when you have it-tight when you dont”,this is something i hope to perfect during the rest of the season.One more point, a 1-3-1 is basically the same diamond formation they play in 4v4 so the change for the kids is minimal.When they come to playing 8v8 all that is needed is to add a defender and striker making the transition from 6v6 smoother.The same with 11v11,adding 1 extra player to defence,midfield and attack is easier for the kids to adapt to.

  5. Carl
    September 5, 2012

    I coach a 7v7 league (6 outfield players). I will use a 3-1-2, having a very good defender as my centreback that will be the last man while the wing defenders can push up 3/4 field.

  6. Phillip Weirich
    September 15, 2012

    I am a coach of a 8v8 girls team and have been utilizing the 3-3-1 for the last 2 years. I utilize a strong center midfielder whom we call a rover and who is an intricate part of our offensive strategy. She is the point of all of our triangles of offense and is the setting point as well. LM and RM are contained to the high point of the circle, yet remain outside to keep the ball wide. We use our striker in the middle, a central wing, so to speak, to “clean up the trash” and that keeps the goalie in check. Our Sweeper is a strong FB that is used in our offensive strategy as a defensive midfielder and with speed can drop back to become the Center FB. This allows us at any one time to have 5 on the offensive side, 4 to control the midfield and 6 defensively. Grant it, it does involve a great deal of movement but the movement is not as such that we do not have at least 4 players in position with the ball at all times. I like the flexibility of the 3-3-1 as it can be switched into a 2-1-3-1 or a 2-3-2 at any time, depending on the need.

  7. Steven
    October 24, 2012

    I am a coach with a USSF National Youth License. You are correct and should play players in every position. That is the whole point at this age, soccer IQ. To get them to understand the triangle, you must run a 2-1-2. Forget winning and 2-3 and 3-2. This way you teach them about mid-field before they get to 8v8. Just give up on winning and focus on them getting smarter and loving the game. Don’t over coach as well. Be the glide on the side and not the sage on the stage. Winning is not everything but trying to is. Training them to win doesn’t happen until they are 18. 9-12 males is all about learning fundamental soccer skills.

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