I've read through all of the information on the site, but none of it quite matches my kids. I have Two very strong girls who have scored the majority of goals this year. I also have 4-5 girls who can run fast and hard, but have failed to pick up dribbling, passing, etc.
After that the drop off is fairly steep. I have one girl with a cognitive disability who really can only think about one direction at a time and HATES running. I have one should-be bruiser who is petrified of the ball. Then I have 2 girls who are thin as rails and shy away from any and all contact.
So...when I look at possibilities for Soccer Saturday, I'm stumped.
We are 3-5-1 this year, and considering the weird mix of kids, that's OK. Our recent losses have all been close and our top goal scorer just missed some shots or perhaps we have a 5-3-1 record.
I have used the 3-2-2-3 for most of the year, and when it works, it works well. The problem is that certain combinations of kids severely weaken us, but we are committed to following club policy by playing each girl 50% of each half. That means some weak combinations at times.
Forwards: 2 Strong; one with a strong leg but has missed so much practice that she has no idea of formation, space, and responsibilities.
Offensive Midfielders: Very strong Center midfielder; two solid midfielders; one girl who can't seem to stay on her feet; one waif petrified of the ball.
Defensive midfielders: 2 excellent; one petrified of the ball and one who I like better at offensive midfielder, but she is brave and I can count on her as a sub here.
Defense: Two very brave, strong girls, a potential bruiser who swings like a fence gate because she is afraid of the ball, and a cognitively disabled girl who can play OK if she doesn't have to change direction and has a clear sightline to the sideline to clear the ball.
How do I work this? We have had lots of fun so far this year and I have used many of the games recommended on the sight, but they just can' function together because there are SO many different abilities.
What age are the girls (example: U-12?)
Your situation is typical and why I think it's harder to coach Rec than Travel.
Obviously, you've read my feelings about how important it is to put brave players at Fullback. Your problem is where to hide the weak players.
Here are some possibilities:
Hope these ideas help. Please let me know if they do, or if you have any better ideas.