What does the team look like?
In youth hockey, the number of players who can participate in matches varies. This is important for the space in the field and for the safety of the players.
A normal team contains eleven players, each of whom has their own role in the team. In the attack you have the position left front, mid front and right front. The attackers are close to the outside lines to use the field as much as possible and to make sure that the midfor always remains playable.
After that you have the midfielders, left centre, central midfielder (mid-mid) and right centre. The positions left and right are an important point of play for the formation of a triangle in the game. The mid-mid is involved in many actions and follows the lines before the attack and also closes the lines of the defence. He has a great walking ability.
The defence consists of a front stopper, a left back, a right back, a last man (mid back).
The front stopper gives back cover to the central midfielder and tries as a line of defence to stop the striker of the opponent. The left and right back stop the left and right striker and provide back coverage on the side where the ball is not. They also join the attack line on the side where the ball is to participate in the attack. The last man or the central defender, has the overview in the defense and communicates well with the goalkeeper.
And finally, of course, you have the position of goalkeeper who keeps the balls out of the goal. The goalkeeper anticipates and reacts to the ball and communicates well with the last man to act as effectively as possible in the game.
As the players’ qualities change, you can change the players’ lineup, and you can also put other tactics in the game.