Understanding the 4-3-3 Formation

The 4-3-3 consists of a typical back line of 4 fullbacks, three central midfielders, and three strikers. This formation is designed to provide a lot of variety in the attack while gaining control of the central midfield. The 4-3-3 works well for teams who have a good defensive central midfielder who has a lot of […]

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Understanding the 4-4-2 Formation

The 4-4-2 formation is the most commonly used formation in soccer.  It’s consists of four defenders (a typical back line of fullbacks), four midfielders, and two strikers. The 4-4-2 works well whether a team is interested in attacking or defending, based on the situation. The roles of central midfielders and fullbacks vary depending on how much […]

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Breaking Down the 4-2-3-1 Formation

As long as the sport of soccer has been in existence, opposing coaches are always searching for new ways to gain an advantage. Strategic player positioning on the field, or formation-experimentation, is one of the areas that has been exploited the most. You would expect that everything that could be known about team player formations […]

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Soccer Warm Up Routine – 7 Skill Building Drills

Here’s an effective warm up routine that players can use on their own or coaches can incorporate into their practices… The exercises provide ample warm up and a considerable amount of touches on the ball, the purpose of which is skill development, technique maintenance, and preparation for the more difficult drills that follow. Your goal […]

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Learning to Dictate the Tempo of Play

The pace of a game can be dictated by several things. Teams without possession can dictate tempo by applying pressure on the player with the ball. This can cause the player to lose the ball or make quick movements to evade this pressure. If pressure is continuously applied, then the team in possession may move […]

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