The permutations are virtually endless
and it's no wonder many coaches find it difficult to decide on the right set up for their
But if you're coaching very young children I suggest that you don't need to worry about
formations at all.
Instead of struggling to find a formation that suits your players, why not work on getting
them to really understand the principles of pressure/cover/balance then give them the
freedom to make their own decisions regarding where to position themselves on the pitch?
Playing without a formation - even in small-sided football - sounds risky. But if you
can create a team of players who know what their individual and collective
responsibilities are, you really don't need to put your players into fixed positions.
Try it and let me know how it goes!
Play a 4v4 scrimmage on a small pitch.
Stop play and congratulate your players when you see them moving to pressure the ball or
support a team mate. me know how it goes!