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What is the best structure for school teams?

What would the best structure to teach High School learners? there are too many to choose from

Hi Bernice, 

At Sportplan, what we find when teaching high school players a certain system is to keep it quite simple, especially if they are a new group of players.

I would suggest playing a 4-3-3. Have your half-backs nice and wide to transfer the ball and utilise the space. Have them get used to passing into midfield and up the lines from there. Use one midfielder slightly deeper to offer plenty of passes to the defence and be a link to the other midfielder in attack. Have two of your three forwards play as wingers to lead for passes up the line and to create space for the higher midfielders to come through in to. 

In defence, this system works well as each player in midfield and three defenders mark man-to-man, with one central defender being a free man to pick up loose balls or to tackle when a teammate gets beaten. The forwards can press high or drop deeper depending on the situation and ideally will split their defenders to keep the ball to one side and expose one member of the opposition.

Hope this helps! 

Tom from Sportplan.

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