Brian coaches GU-9. He had written to ask what I thought about switching from a 2-1-2-2 to a 2-3-2. I suggested a 2-1-3-1 because 6 of his 11 players are slow and unskilled. He mentioned that his biggest problem was getting girls to want to play FB. Below are some ideas I had about how to get players to want to play FB.
Thanks for the advice. I have thought about using the 2-1-3-1. Just so you know, I have been very happy with the 2-1-2-2 formation. We are currently undefeated. The biggest problems I have are getting girls to be happy at FB and getting weak side support from the MF and FB. Our 4 better players generally dominate the ball among each other and the FBs get pretty bored. Then when we are attacked, they do not perform. It has been fun learning some of the nuances of soccer and girls Rec soccer. I grew up playing basketball and football, so I have to learn as I go.
I'm just experimenting to see what happens. I can always switch back to the 2-1-2-2 if needed. I'll let you know how it turns out.
The problem you are having with the FB's is normal. Here are 4 ideas about it:
Hope these help.
David at SoccerHelp