Coaching Tool -7th/8th Grade 11v11
Must See Videos that teach the most widely used formations for 11v11 soccer.

9v9 to 11v11. These are considered to be full sized games. The most common 11 a side forms are below.

Starting XI - US Soccer’s WNT Greg Ryan and u17’s John Hackworth. Must see video from top US National Coaches.
Formations: 5-3-2 - UEFA.com video.
Formations: 3-5-2 - UEFA.com video. - Ajax vs. AC Milan 1995, takes you to YouTube.
Formations: 4-5-1 - UEFA.com video. - Basic forms for counter attacking soccer.
Formations: 4-4-2 - UEFA.com video.
Formations: 4-4-2 - (Diamond) - UEFA.com video.
Formations: 4-3-3 - UEFA.com video. - The defensive form of playmaking soccer.
Formations: 3-4-3 - UEFA.com video. - The attacking form of playmaking soccer.

Players do not move out of one level into another and never go back. Even International players continue to play small sided games like 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v3, 4v4, 6v4 and so on, takes you to UEFA.com - Training Ground. Certainly some time can be spent in isolated technical drills. But real development can only happen, and be evaluated in the context of the game. With youth players this means small sided games with an eye on what role they could best fill in 11v11, and often in more then one system and level. The smaller forms provide the context and the tools for their exploration and growth in the game. So time spent learning the smaller forms is never wasted. Individual, small group and team tactics, fitness, roles and all of the individual skill sets can be developed in a real match context.

The bottom line on player development.

  1. Player development should have a clear starting and end point. - It’s not a random set of technical skills without context. 1v1 to 11v11 contains all of the moments, tasks and TIC. You have to know where you are, where you’re going and how you are going to get there. This progression does that.
  2. It should follow a simple and logical progression. - The different sizes of the game. Use uneven numbers to bridge the gaps.
  3. It should take into account to individual differences. - The coach should look for, cater to and develop the players strengths first. Build on what they can do before obsessing on what they can’t. Also, avoid mass solutions. Not all of the players suffer from the same diseases.
  4. The coach must balance between the present and potential qualities. - Use the different forms and roles to explore potential. Todays striker is tommorrows center back.
  5. Ultimately a players development is measured by their contribution to the game. They don’t get style points, they need to get the job done.
  6. Their contribution to the game rests on their general and special qualities and how they are applied to the game. - Everybody is different. This is why Festival play is such an important part in development. Players learn about differences in themselves and others.
  7. These qualities can be enhanced or hindered by the role they are assigned in the team. - With older players match the qualities to the role. There are only two reasons why players fail. They are at the wrong level or in the wrong position. In recreational soccer having players at the wrong level goes with the territory. Having them in the wrong position goes with the plan.

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