I have a men's intramural team and our player pool is pretty limited because we play for an organization we're in, so we can't just go out and pick up new players that we need to fill positions like most other teams in the league can, they have to join us in order to play. Note: The IM league is, I think, 7v7 for outdoor, and 5v5 for indoor. This post is for outdoor. Last year we lost both of our forwards to graduation and unless we get a really good freshman or two (which can't be counted on) we now have a team full of defenders. We have two players who have never played soccer before last semester and used them as defensive subs during indoor (because they have very poor ball control skills, but we needed more players, so we got them to play), but with the loss of our seniors, it looks like these guys will be starting this coming season in outdoor. Then we have three strong defenders, a decent midfielder (who is more defensive than offensive), and two keepers who are "decent" in net, at best, and neither of which are any good in the field (even though we might need to use one of them in the field just because we lack players). We also have a winger who rarely shows up to games and doesn't have very good ball control either, but he's pretty fast. So... what can we possibly do to get results this season (which, unlike the other threads I've read where development is the key and results aren't, in this thread winning is the *only* goal) aside from hoping we can get some new members who actually play forward? What kind of formation can we run? I seriously think it would be a waste to have anyone play striker because all it would accomplish would be taking a player away from our defense and essentially taking them out of the game because we would hardly ever be able to get the ball to them. And if we put one of the bad players (new guys) up front it would be a waste because once we got them the ball, they wouldn't be able to do anything with it. When I look at this lineup and try to get ready for the upcoming season, I feel like we're American Samoa preparing for World Cup Qualifying against Australia. We need to win, but honestly, don't know how. We had (pretty much) the same roster for one of our indoor games (both senior forwards missed it due to something else going on that night) and it was a disaster. We put our best defender (since he was our best ball handler) up front and kept everyone else in their normal defensive roles. They had the ball in our half of the field for like 75% of the match and whenever we would get it up to our lone striker, we'd never be able to get enough players up front to help him out, so by having him up there, all we did was hurt our defense and take one of our best defenders out of the game. We lost 2-0, and I think we only had 1 shot the entire match. When they scored to make it 1-0 in the first half it was pretty much over, but we decided to continue playing our defensive formation just to keep it respectable, because if we had moved more players forward we probably would have lost 7-0 or whatnot. If we had kept our defender in the back we might have been able to squeek out a 0-0 draw, but there was honestly no way we were going to score in that game without our forwards. But that was fine then, because they were back the next week and we did alright during the season and made the play-offs, but lost in the first round. However, now we are faced with an entire season without our forwards... unless we can figure something out, we're in for a LONG season. Pretty much here is what we have to work with: Player A: Great defender, Decent striker Player B: Great defender, Poor striker Player C: Great defender, Terrible striker Player D: Good defender, Decent striker Player E: Good defender, Terrible striker Player F: Decent defender, Terrible striker Player G: Decent keeper, Poor defender, Terrible striker Player H: Poor keeper, Terrible defender, Terrible striker Player I: Poor defender, Poor striker On a scale of 1-5 I'd say this is how those translate 5: Great 4: Good 3: Decent 2: Poor 1: Terrible Edit: So this was the formation we ran last year (assume Player X and Player Y are the forwards we lost): -------X-------Y------ -----------D---------- ------E--------------- ---B------A-----C----- ----------G----------- Subs: F, H, I (if he showed up) We had good success with that, but now without X and Y, I'm really lost on what to do.