Tactical Soccer Formations

Soccer is a game of sports as well as a game of strategy. The untrained eye may think that the only purpose of the game is to pass the ball around. However, things are a little more serious on the soccer court. Today we are going to talk about some basic soccer formations in order to help you understand just how much strategy this game involves. You will soon have more respect for this sport as you will realize that aside from performing perfectly, the players must also abide by playing strategies.

  • 4-3-3

This strategy is considered to be one of the best tactical soccer formations. It is known to be used by two of the strongest teams in the world, Barcelona and Arsenal. This tactical formation has the best results when it is aimed towards an attack. The formation is based on a central striker, wide attackers, a defensive midfielder as well as all round midfielders. The striker and the attackers work as a united front trio. The attackers must support the striker while also being on the lookout for possible goal opportunities. The job of the defensive midfielder is to break up the opposition attacks before the ball is released to his teammates. This player rarely scored any goals yet he plays an important part in the game. Last but not least, the job of the all-round midfielders is to defend and attack. They often end up in the opposition’s penalty area. These players must have very good passing skills in order to construct attacking moves.

  • 4-4-2

This is one of the most used tactical soccer formations in the world. The reason why this formation is widely used is because it is an adaptable formation which increases the midfield strengths of the team while also providing plenty of width. This system can adapt according to the team’s strategy. Therefore, the job of the full-backs and the central midfielders can drastically change if the team aims to play defensively or offensively. In this formation, the striker plays high in the field and collaborates with a partner which is usually a physically strong player that who acts as a target. In other situations, the front duo is replaced with a withdrawn striker who plays behind the main striker thus transforming the formation into a 4-4-1-1. This formation also features a defensive midfielder and a forwards midfielder who joins the strikers in the penalty area. The defensive midfielder must break up the opposition’s attacks and transform himself into a defense player when the team is on the back foot. The other midfielder is mostly defensive and must support the strikers when they have the ball. The primary responsibility of the wingers is to get the ball to the strikers. The full-backs defend against opposition wingers. They have excellent tackling abilities. Last but not least, in this formation, the center back must repel the attacks by tackling opposing players and getting the ball out of the danger area.



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