Craig Nowotny, a business graduate of St. Louis University, has served as general manager of Arthur Wright and Associates in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1988. Outside of his management activities with the staffing firm, Craig Nowotny volunteers as an assistant coach with the local youth soccer league.
Youth soccer coaches are responsible for educating players in various areas of soccer fundamentals, including the dynamics of basic soccer formations. Formations, also known as sets, inform a team’s style of play on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The 4-4-2 formation, the most widely used in the game today, is often the first official set youth players will learn.
In a 4-4-2 formation, teams utilize four defenders, four midfielders, and a pair of forwards. This balanced formation provides strong defense and control of the midfield while still playing two offensive strikers. Though less popular, the 4-3-3 formation provides a similar dispersal of benefits. For comparison, a 3-4-3 set sacrifices reliable defense for a more potent offensive attack, while the unique 3-6-1 set demands constant movement and coordination among the glut of midfielders.