I coach a U9/U10 Boys' Traveling team, and like most coaches for that age, I have tried to work out the best formation for 6 v 6. When we began in the spring, I used a 2-1-2. We had some success with that formation but lost a bit of control over the midfield when our one midfielder got caught up on the attack. This fall, I have switched to a 1-3-1. The formation relies on the midfield not only to conduct the attack but to come back, particularly the left and right midfielders. to mark forwards on either flank. I had hoped to use the single back as a sweeper but with the short season have not got the formation set like clockwork. In reality, the center midfielder tends to be a stopper. I'd like to know what formations other coaches have used, and what has worked.