DEFENSIVE SHAPE IN 4-4-2

  • Organisation

    11 V 11 IF AVAILABLE 11 V 0 SHADOW PLAY 11 V 6
  • Process

    DENY SPACE CENTRALLY - The team are compact centrally with a overload of players in this area, normally outnumbering the opposition The Diamond slides laterally as the ball moves across the field leaving the far side open for the switch (be mind-full of this) Diamond provides vertical coverage with depth also Difficult to press in the A1/3rd, allow opposition to play centrally then press in the Middle 1/3rd TRANSFORM INTO A FLAT MIDFIELD The midfield diamond can slide into a flat four The nearest player must put pressure on the ball (left CM) The attacking midfielder will drop into the third slot in the unit and the 2nd striker will fill in the Attacking midfielders position PRESS IN WIDE AREAS (WHO?) There is initial space in wide areas but they are far from surrendered. Pressing may be difficult if 9 & 10 cannot get across early Midfield defensive block. Here the player on the left of midfield diamond engages the opposition fullback as he receives the ball The screening midfielder 6 leave his position and steps forward to cover the 8 and pick up player Right midfielder then moves to screen the forward pass centrally Furthest attacker moves to a central midfield area looking to intercept switches of play PRESSING IN WIDE AREAS (HOW?) The angle of approach favours forcing play wide, by forcing inside may open up big switch pass If we want them to try and switch then force inside, trigger for players will be the arched run furthest striker drops to offer balance This limits the opposition and passing forward all players slide across
  • Tip

    CONCENTRATION COMMUNICATION COMMITTMENT COURAGE DEFENSIVE RESPONSIBILITIES PRESS AND SLIDE AS A UNIT

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Age:

U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13]


Duration:

25 min


Number of Players:

> 10 players


Form of Training:

Team training, Group training


Skill Level:

Advanced

Author: Paul Fraser


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