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.
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.
Formation 4-4-2. This is the most popular soccer formation, especially for beginners. It focuses on creating a good balance of players on the field. The team has two center forward players, with four midfielders behind them, followed by four defensive players at the back.
Left/Right Fullback: The fullback in soccer is the wide defensive position. Their main job is to defend from wide positions, usually stopping opposition wingers from getting crosses into the box. In the modern era they also have a job when attacking, in supporting the wide midfielders or wingers.
POSITION PURPOSE: This full-time position will provide administrative, and operations support to Leagues, Cups, and events. This individual will be expected to support in the execution and delivery of ASA Leagues, Cups, and Events that may include but not limited to planning, scheduling, administrative oversight, and other duties as assigned.