Lacrosse – Offensive Formations
This page looks at some of the basic offensive plays & formations used in lacrosse. It covers lacrosse offenses such as 2-3-1, 2-2-2, 3-1-2, etc. These are the most common offensive strategies used by lacrosse coaches. Moreover, many advanced offenses are just variations of these basic formations. Please visit our section on Lacrosse Coaching for more lacrosse offensive & defensive drills and strategies.
Basic Lacrosse Offense Formations
- 2-3-1 – This lacrosse offensive formation has two middies up top, three players (two attack and one middie) along GLE & the crease and one attackman at X. The 2-3-1 offense is probably the most common offense utilized by beginning and intermediate lacrosse coaches.
- 2-2-2 – This lacrosse offensive formation has two middies up top, two players (middie & attackman) near the crease and two attackmen behind GLE.
- 3-1-2 – This lacrosse offensive formation has three middies up top, one attackman on the crease and two attackmen behind GLE.
- 1-4-1 – This lacrosse offensive formation has one middie up top, two middies on the wings, two attackmen on the crease and one attackman at X.
Please watch the lacrosse videos below to see how these offensive formations are utilized by lacrosse coaches.
Instructional Videos for Lacrosse Offensive Formations
Lacrosse 2-3-1 Offense
Lacrosse 2-2-2 Offense
Lacrosse 3-1-2 Offense
Lacrosse 1-4-1 Offense