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u10 team selection and playing format

I am coaching u10 BOYS this year for the first time, have only worked with u7-u9's, as I have it there are now 8 players per side. How do I determine which players to play in which positions and what format do I play? Do we have to play with a dedicated goalie or just backs? At this age do I pick the 8 most talented players and slot them in positions or do I pick players according to positions? Hope this makes sense...

Hello I have tried to give you some guidance in a chalkboard drawing. I hope it is of use

Kind regards

Bram

1-3-3-3 to 1-3-3


Description:

Before you decide how to play your 8 a side you should look at what formation they are most likely to finish up playing when they go up to 11 aside and base your 8 aside on that.

This will make the player learn by default and makes the transation between the different age groups easier.


Coaching Points:

I would suggest you always play with a keeper

I have give the example of a 1-3-3-3

by leaving one line out defence 3, or midfield 3 or forward 3 you will have created the 8 aside formation.

So for other formations you would start by putting it on paper and see which 3 player are the easiest to take away to maintain a sensible structure

As far as which player to play in each position that is very difficult to answer from a distance but some pointers maybe 

  • Put your more technical players on the left as they can pull the ball back and pass right were a lesser skilled player may only turn left and pass left which is great on the right :)
  • your runners in the midfield
  • less adventures and more disciplined player at the back.
  • and more creative ones up front ( less disciplined).
  • The  defending players at any time sort out short corner defence ( make sure you have masks)
  • the attacking short corners are sorted out by the 3 forwards.

Anyway the problem with this topic is that you can go on and on and on as the situation is different for every team.

I hope the little bit I have written is usefull to you.

Have fun and try not to restrict your players to much as there is a lot to learn and take in.

let the players have fun, take on players and express themselves. 

Bram, thank you so much. This has given me so much food for thought.

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