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School Girl Hockey - Shape

HelloWhat would your view be on the shape to play for senior school girl hockey? What is the trend now? Any advice and tips will be awesome. :)

Formation usually comes down to personal preference. With a school side, it may be difficult to go into the depth that some formations require, so may be best to keep to some of the more standard shapes. Most importantly, pick a formation that you are comfortable with as it's you who will be drumming it into yor players.

Some simple set ups are a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3 depending on the number of midfielders and defenders you have available. 
To keep the 4-3-3 simple, you could play a flat midfield, and set players in particular positions i.e. left midfielder, right forward etc. but if possible try to use a fluid approach to allow player fluid movement across the pitch. With the 4 in midfield, a diamond shape can be employed to further the shape.

I currently coach at a University level, flipping between the two formations mentioned above. I utilise a holding player in the midfield (or bottom diamond in the 4), allowing the rest of the midfield to support the forwards.

Hope this helps

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