The 1-4-3-3 Formation

Rationale
In the 1-4-3-3 formation there are 3 lines with a balanced spread of players over the pitch (‘triangles’ of players) which creates good conditions for:
 effective positioning play
 playing out
 combination football / short passing game
 creative and varied attacking play using the width of the field
 early disturbing and pressuring after losing possession

For youth players, the positions and the attached basic tasks are logical and recognizable, which makes learning to play as a team easier to develop

The Optus SSF formats 7 v 7 (1-3-3) and 9 v 9 (1-3-2-3) lead up to the 1-4-3-3 formation in a logical and methodical manner




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