I'm a player for my area's high school but I've always had ambitions about coaching. We finished are last season fairly abysmally, coming out with an 8-2-3 record. As our freshmen season came to a close, several things came up into question about next year: -One of our starting forwards (3 goals, 5 assists in 13 games) won't be returning next year, leaving questions as to who will replace him. -Our defense has several good candidates, but deciding who will play where has become an issue. In the first issue the two most likely candidates are, for anonymity's sake A and B. Both are very good, but neither has had a place on the starting line for various reasons. A has proved his ability to finish when given the opportunity (2 goals in 13 games) and is arguably the faster of the two. However he is often slow to come back and help pressure the other team when we're on defense. The other, B only has 5 games with under his belt for injuries, missing practices, etc, and didn't score at all last season. He is a more powerful shooter and is the flashier of the two. He also has a tendency to shoot from far out a give the ball away. The last thing to consider is which supports our other forward best. He is our leading scorer (10 goals in 13 games) and probably could have had double that. B makes more crosses across field so he is perhaps more ideal here. I was wondering which would, in a definitive answer, be the more likely candidate. Both are roughly equal in skill level, it's just they have different habits and tendencies. As for our defense, we have lots of issues. The best candidate for sweeper is one of the best players on our team, and has played midfield for us last year. He's devastating on the midfield line and has the most assists on our team (5) as well as 2 good goals. He's quick, has amazing ball control, and has played sweeper before. The question is whether or not he should stay on the middie line or become sweeper. Our current sweeper was originally a left half-back then left-back, and sweeper was new to him this year, but our coach decided to try to mold him into a sweeper. He has speed and is effectively ambidexterous as fas a clearing is concerned, but he has mediocre ball control and is afraid to play the ball with his head, which is needless to say, a problem. He would make a good left back/right back, but he probably couldn't cut it on the midfield line due to his inability to dribble effectively. Next is our current stopper, who transferred to defense from forward at the beginning of the season, so he has the abilty to shoot and take players one on one. That made him ideal for stopper as it is the most offensive defensive position. He goes up for and wins most balls played in the air in his area. He is a very well-rounded player and many believe he could be sweeper if we don't want the midfielder off the middie line. As for stopper/outside backs we have players A, B, and C. A is fast, good righty, tall, and has decent one on one and clearing skills. B is shorter, relatively fast, good righty, and is a bit more offensively capable, and is more knowledgeable than A about where he should be a times, but he is shorter which is still an issue. C is between them both and didn't start for us at all (A started all year, B when we had our final starting line-up set), but is between the two in height, the most aggressive and has a tendency to go over the top with what is expected of him. We play 4-4-2 with a sweeper, two outside backs, and a stopper as our back four. I know this might not be enough to really make an accurate decision but I thought that if any high school/college level coaches/players thought that certain qualities made for better players in different areas than you could try to help me based on what I've said.