Tell your Stopper, MF's and Forwards to expect the ball to be kicked hard straight ahead and to SHIFT with the ball so they are in position to win it. The Stopper should be a short pass away (say 10 steps, in case it's mis-kicked -- if it's a hard kick, the Stopper should let the ball go by and follow it), the MF's should be a long pass away (say 20 steps), and the Forwards should be long kick away (say 30 steps).
But for those of you wanting to understand more about youth soccer, let’s start by looking at what the positions are in youth soccer? Youth soccer positions and numbers are: 1– Goalkeeper (GK) 2– Right Back (RB) 3– Left Back (LB) 4– Right Side Center Back (RCB) 5– Left Side Center Back (LCB) 6– Defensive Midfielder (DM)
3/2 – Wingback (LWB, RWB): This position defends like other defensive backs but is a more offensive position, like a winger. They play wide left and right, running up and down the field. This position requires a lot of stamina and can be more physically demanding than other positions. 5 – Sweeper (SW): This position isn’t as common nowadays. When used, this player positions themselves between the goalie and the main defensive line.
Youth Soccer Players: By Position. There are eleven players per side in soccer, a goalie and ten in the field playing a number of different basic positions (forward, midfield and defense) in a variety of different formations.
Those were the days of 11-on-11 games for the younger ages. Now, most of the youth leagues, depending on the group, play games with fewer players on the field. I believe, contrary to popular belief, that you should spend some time teaching younger teams the different positions in soccer.
By Rick Meana, New Jersey Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Formations and "designated positions" are not appropriate for U6-U8 play. Why, do you ask? Because children at this age do not understand, do not have the capacity to grasp the concept of "functionality." They don't understand that the pieces make up the pie as a whole.
Soccer positions are generally divided between offensive ones and their defensive counterparts. Traditionally, defenders have defended while the attackers attacked. But in the modern game, players should be comfortable in a number of different playing styles and fulfilling a variety of roles.
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