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 Soccer Field Diagram: 5 Ways To Decide Soccer Positions 
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Soccer Field Diagram: 5 Ways To Decide Soccer Positions
by: Andre Botelho

Tell me the last time you explained to your team various soccer formations by using a soccer field diagram? If your answer to this question is a “never” or “long time back” , this confirms that the team knows nothing about positions and formations.

Almost all coaches falter when they consider that spoken instructions are sufficient and the kids will learn everything through these. The players must take part in the dialogue about formations on the field as they are an important matter.

The soccer positions of the players in every area from the defensive line are depicted in these by way of strategic choices made generally in terms of numbers. These formations should not be rigid and the coach should keep rotating the players during a game. Make sure that you finalize the formations only after keeping in mind the strengths and weaknesses of every player as it’s very significant.

Given below are certain formations that are frequently used in soccer:

4-4-2: This one is the most commonly used formation. By 4-4-2 it means, four defenders, four midfielders, and two players in the attacking position without a goalkeeper.

Here, the midfielders have the most important function by supporting the forward players in defense. At the time of attack, they should move towards the goal line to support the defenders.

4-5-1: This is called a defensive formation with one forward and five mid-fielders. The biggest benefit with this kind of formation is that because the midfielders are all focused in the center, the opposition cannot attack easily.

And then because there is only 1 forward, it makes the midfielders go forward which frustrates the opposition to get the possession of the ball.

3-5-2: This comprises of three defenders, five midfielders, and two forwards. This formation has the attacking as well as defending advantage since 2 wingmen get to attack and the center midfielder disallows counter attacking.

3-4-3: This is the most violent form of formation on the soccer field diagram that the players resort to when the opponents are defending. Using three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards, the plan is to attack using the forwards and make use of the defenders in case the opposition pierces the defensive line.

There is no specific plan that will help throughout the match. It must change according to the changes in the overall situation of the game. So a coach must be smart enough to rotate the players as per the situations in the game. However, any formation can either be offensive or defensive.

Good soccer tactics on formations are very important since a team's victory or defeat depends on it. As the game becomes more action oriented, it should bring about more changes in the soccer formation plans.

Now go ahead and use the soccer field diagram to teach the players. In case you are interested in more such tips, our youth soccer coaching community is the perfect resource for it.

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