Ace Formation

Football Terms – Ace Offensive Scheme

The Ace Formation (also known as a “Single set back,” “Lone Setback,” “Oneback,” or “Solo”) is a football formation which uses one running back, two tight ends and two wide receivers. The running back is lined up five yards behind the quarterback.

With the increase in zone blocking and more complex defenses, the Ace Formation has grown in popularity in recent years. Offensive coordinators find it attractive because it creates a number of match-up problems in coverage.

Traditionally, this formation works best when utilizing quick receivers, fast linemen, a shifty runner and a quarterback who can complete passes under pressure. Due to these demanding personnel requirements, the Ace Formation is most commonly used in the NFL.

Several popular variations of the Ace Formation also exist. These include:

Football Terms Starting With “A”