4-2-3-1 SYSTEM PDF

Ritesh Gogineni - September 5, In this new series called The Perfect Defensive System,we invite you the reader to contribute posts on what you think is the best defensive system. So if you think you are better than Jose Mourinho at parking the bus,then send in your contributions to thefalse9 gmail. The , a variation of , with two holding midfield players that provide protection to the back four without the ball, but help with build-up play and circulation when in possession. The simple principle of having two holding midfielders itself implies of a set up that is more structured without the ball. Back 4 Protection - Advertisement - The above photo shows how the two defensive midfielders allow no space between themselves and the defensive line as well as the next midfield line, making it hard for the opposition to play through the middle, a system which City attempt to play. Below screenshot shows Hazard who is too high and that there is room to exploit.

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This formation is very popular and can be very successful if all players do their part on the soccer field and cover their zone in defense as shown in the picture below.

Weakness for this formation in soccer comes from three attacking midfield players forgetting that they have to defend and slacking off when transitioning on defense. Coaches should always set the formations to suit the players they have and not the other way around.

This soccer formation will be set up with 4 defenders, 2 defensive midfield players, 3 offensive midfield players and 1 forward. As you can see in the picture above, soccer formation is played with players marking the zone in blue. Most important part in winning games with soccer formation is not to get scored on and to focus on defending the goal by playing zone defense with every player on the field marking their zone where communication will be the key in doing so.

The only player having any freedom when defending is the Forward player. The center backs will need to be tall, strong and very good in the air having the ability to read the game well and stop players in 1v1 situations. Communication will ensure that all empty space is covered and that they are leading the defense by telling players in front of them where to position themselves and what players to mark.

Communication will also ensure that players step up in sync when attempting offside traps. Sweeper will be the player that reads the game better than other players and he will have the advantage of doubling up on any player or reading the play and positioning himself better since he is positioned behind the defensive line. Outside Backs will need to be in exceptional conditioning shape because they will run deep into offense providing support for the attack than tracking back to defend when the ball possession changes.

Defense in this soccer formation will have two Defensive Midfielders in front of them taking much pressure off by providing support. The 2 Defensive Midfield players are the ones that hold the midfield disrupting the opponents attacks and also act as connecting or starting point of their team attacks. Defensive Midfield players will want to have the ability to win headers and defend in 1v1 situations. They will also need to read the game very well.

Defensive Midfield players will need solid passing skills and the ability to stay calm when the ball is passed to them because they will act as connectors between defense and attack. Their job is to protect the defense and stop the attack before it reaches the Center Backs. Right and Left Attacking Midfield players will want to spread the game down the sidelines.

These players will have to be in top conditioning shape because of constantly running forward to support the attack than running back to support the defense. Because of solid defense behind the Attacking Midfielders, they will have the freedom of always joining the attack. Attacking Midfield Players will have great vision of the field spotting their teammate runs, ability to read the game very well, great ball control, exceptional passing and quick decision making skills.

These players will also need to know how to score goals because they will be used as attacking force along with the lone forward. Players suited for this position will often be the ones that get most touches on the ball during practice.

This player will want the ball most out of everyone else on the field and will somehow find the space to receive the ball most during practice. Having a good shot from distance and playing with both feet is a big plus. Players in this soccer position will move from their own penalty box to their opponents penalty box.

The picture above shows the most important zone that each position in midfield covers. Deeper Defensive Midfield goes back when defending, Attacking Midfield will follow. This is why I say the Attacking Midfield will run from one penalty box to another. Suddenly 1 lone attacker turns into 4 strikers. The Center Forward position in this soccer formation is preferred to be tall and strong point man that can win the ball in the air and shield it until help arrives.

This Forward will be clinical finisher with the ability to score from rare opportunities.


The Perfect Defensive System #2 – The 4-2-3-1

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Strengths and Weaknesses of the 4-2-3-1 Formation

Stewart Coggin Updated March 14, The formation came to prominence in Spain in the s and early s and is now used by many teams throughout the world. The two players in front of the back-four, known as the "doble pivot" double pivot in Spain, give support to the defense, with one player breaking up opposition attacks, and the other putting more emphasis on distributing the ball to the attacking players. The formation should ensure teams are not outnumbered in midfield, and with so many advanced players, there is great flexibility. Striker in the Formation In this formation, the striker should not lack support as he has three players whose job it is to supply him with ammunition.


The 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer

How to play the formation The is perhaps the most balanced and universally used formation in the modern game. It provides teams with adequate structure to defend effectively and quickly transition moving forward. The is most often used in the English Premier League. The formation relies on two defensive minded midfielders providing cover for their defenders and three creative attacking midfielders who can produce chances for each other and the Striker, who is typically the primary goal scorer in this formation. Defenders in the occupy similar roles to defenders in the formation. Centerbacks typically remain in defensive positions while the Fullbacks are responsible for contributing to the attack and defense as mentioned before.

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