Formations. Today’s main systems 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 All other systems are derived from these. Three functions of every system: 1.Attacking 2.Build-up

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  • Todays main systems4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1All other systems are derived from these.Three functions of every system:AttackingBuild-upDefensiveEvery system has its pros & consWhat are you prepared to give up ? Players strengths and weaknesses (profile)

  • Traditional 4-4-2Back 4 one full back joined in, normally down his side of play2 centre half's good defenders particularly in air; not so comfortable in possessionMidfield 4 well spreadOne attack minded; One defensive minded

  • Traditional 4-4-2Wide players stay wide; work tram lines and support their full backWide players often out and out wingersCentral midfield balanced 1 holding as attack develops, 1 linked with attackStrikers 1 target man; 1 quick playerName teams with success of 4-4-2

  • 4-4-2 DiamondDifferences Back 4 bigger responsibility for full backs to provide width, quite often at the same time Screener/ holding midfield linked to defence and often plays behind the ballWide players now play in-field leaving space on outside for full backs to move into from deep

  • 4-4-2 DiamondAdvanced midfield player; responsibility to link with front 2, provide penetration with passes/dribblesStrikers play together and at times apart, looking for balls down the side between centre half/full back

  • 4-4-2DiamondOFFENSIVESHAPE2563481011971

  • 4-3-3 version 1Again back 4 consisting of 2 centre half's/ 2 full backsHolding/screening midfielder2 attacking midfield players2 wide players (wingers?)1 striker (target man)

  • 4-3-3 version 1Full backs need to support/provide the widthScreener protects the back 4 centre of defence or full back area eg DungaCentre midfield players look to exploit space, in front of opponents and in behindWide players look to get 1 on 1 with opposition full backStriker, good at leading the line/screening-protecting the ball and decent in the air

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  • 4-3-3 version 2Differences Two full backs encouraged to push on to provide the widthTwo screeners/ holding midfielders; these stay close together and protect back 4Advanced midfielder link between defenders/ defensive midfield and attacking unit

  • 4-3-3 version 2Wide players play out to in on opposite side of attacking flank (becoming 2nd striker)Striker needs to link play/ be bright in his movement and look for opportunities to get between defenders either by dribbling with the ball or receiving a passThis can also translate into 4-2-3-1



  • 4 3 3 variationBased on central overload in midfieldWidth provided by both FBs holding wide positions in attack and pushing highBoth wide MFs come infield and look to play behind opposition MF and in front of opposition Back 4 ( in the hole )Creates a 5 man midfield against opposition with CMF holding to cover CHs

  • Selecting a system of playFamiliarity of system as a playerFamiliarity of system as a coachTradition of the teamViews of the coachInfluenced by recent events i.e. Results

  • Question;Do players make the system or does the system make the players ?


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