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A Guide To Football Formations

A Guide To Football Formations

Like nearly all sports, football is not only a game of skill, but a game of strategy. Learn how to optimize the strengths of your football players in creating effective formations and plays in this VideoJug presentation.

Hi. My name's Matt Dilworth. I'm a Saturday intermediate league goalkeeper, and I also run and manage my own Sunday league side.

And today, I'm going to take you through some football basics to help get you started. A guide to football formations: At local level, formations are normally kept quite basic. It's important that you play to your players' strengths, depending on who you have available.

Don't try and overcomplicate things, and make sure that all of your players know exactly what they're doing on the field. The most common formation on a Sunday level is going to be 4-4-2. This gives you a solid basis for your team to play on, for the defense, the midfield, and then the 2 attackers.

The jobs are basic, every player should understand what they're doing, and it gives you a great platform to perform. Other formations that are used, such as 4-5-1 or 4-3-3, can be used dependent on whether your team is attacking or defending. This is probably a little bit more of a progression for a side that's more established and has played together for a long while.

The 4-5-1 will again give you a rigid back 4, but also a solid 5 in midfield, and 1 up front, which when you attack, you have 2 wide men that join the front man and becomes a 4-3-3. 3-5-2 is probably something that you might tend to use, and change late in the game, if you were chasing it. It allows you to use lesser players at the back, and commit more forward.

So, if you were chasing a goal at the end of a cup game or something along those sort of lines, you'd be able to push more players forward and commit more to the attack. Obviously, this comes with its negatives as well, because it leaves you short at the back, and obviously if you lose possession, you're susceptible to being caught on the counter-attack. So to recap, when choosing your formation, make sure that you do it suitable to the players you have available, and not the way that you want the game to be played.

It's important that every player knows what they are doing, so keep it simple, and this will be most productive. .