After a long day on the field, I came home and found this video on possible 7v7 or 8v8 formations:
So basically, anything other than a 2-3-1.
In the U.S. Soccer curriculum handed down a couple of years ago, the recommended 7v7 formation (see p. 31 of the PDF) is … a 2-3-1.
The curriculum, on the other hand, does not explain how to make it work.
And that raises the question of whether I can make it work. Or whether I should try to shift gears midseason.
I get Mr. Video’s complaints about the 2-3-1. The defenders and wing midfielders have a lot of space to cover. The center midfielder has a complex role.
On my team, though, coverage isn’t a problem. The center mid is everywhere. I take the players with uncontainable energy and play them there.
The other issue, less specific to my team’s idiosyncrasies: Do we really want to take four players (three defenders and a goalkeeper) and tell them they’re not playing offense?
Yeah, yeah, I know — the outside backs can move up the field. Some kids will get that, some won’t.
So what would you do?