SoccerHelp Home Page
7v7 soccer formations are discussed in this article. There are also articles on SoccerHelp about 6v6, 8v8, 9v9 and 11v11 soccer formations. SoccerHelp Premium has over 300 pages about soccer formations and soccer positions.
Following is part of correspondence with a U9 Travel Coach whose team about 7v7 soccer formations. My response and the full 9 pages are on SoccerHelp Premium. We recommended a different soccer formation and many topics are discussed.
I am coaching a boys under 9 travel team. It is a new team as of September. Many of the teams we have been playing were together the prior year, so the beginning was tough, but we have improved, as we started to tie games, then won our first game last Sunday.
We are allowed 6 + goalie on the field (7 v 7). I have been playing a 2-1-3 formation, calling the back two a sweeper and stopper, to help teach them to learn to cover each other, and give us more depth. The midfielder I call a "Trailer" and he trails the action and clears/distributes the ball to our forwards. This works well when I have a fast aggressive player playing trailer. The trailer does our throw ins.
I have been reading (and enjoying) your Premium site, and have incorporated your games and strategy as much as possible.
The marking, throw in suggestions, and short corners work fantastic when we can execute them well.
I have a mix of skills on the team: a couple fast all around players, a couple fast good defenders, a couple slow but tough players, a fast but weak foot skills, a good foot skills but timid, and a couple of smaller but decent (when aggressive) players.
We have had trouble maintaining possession on goal kicks and punts when playing better teams.
Most of our goals have been from a wing persevering and scoring, not the teamwork I would like to see. Last practice I instructed the wings to practice a "tap-stop" at speed, coming over the ball, turning, then pushing the ball to the middle, to try to drill in the idea ( most of our crosses have been poor, and into the penalty area where the goalie gets them first). The one player who did this last game was responsible for assisting 2 goals and several attempts, so I'd like to continue to emphasize this or something like it.
I would GREATLY appreciate any insight and suggestions you might have. Do you have any specifics for team position strategy when the goalie is distributing the ball? Also, I was wondering how you think a 2-2-2 might work for us.
Sincerely, Allen, Boys U-9 Travel Coach, New York, USA
Copyright 1999-2014, David and Kay Huddleston
Legal Notice - Allowed Uses and Copyright Protection. We allow anyone to link to this article or to www.SoccerHelp.com. You may also copy on paper for handouts up to 10 pages from SoccerHelp.com PROVIDED: you include "Source: SoccerHelp.com" at the top or bottom of the article. To copy our work without crediting us is stealing and we WILL protect our copyrights and Trademarks. We would rather be nice than mean, so please follow the guidelines in this paragraph. It is illegal to post any information from SoccerHelp on the internet without written permission from David or Kay Huddleston. If you want to share our information, simply post a link to that page of SoccerHelp. We will allow short quotes of up to 50 words to be posted PROVIDED you do not remove any references to SoccerHelp.com, do NOT disable links, do not copy any images, and provided you add a READABLE FUNCTIONING LINK on the TOP of the same page that goes to www.SoccerHelp.com and says "Copyright www.SoccerHelp.com, used with permission". The link MUST work for both visitors AND search engines and must be at least a size 12 font. We have to enforce this due to blatant theft and to protect our copyrights. We hire a service to look for copyright violations and report violations to the search engines. Taking our original material and making minor changes is still copyright violation and we WILL enforce our copyrights. Thanks for your cooperation.