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GK-4-4-2 DIAMOND
PLAYING THE
®
COACHING THE GK-4-4-2
DIAMOND
1. The full backs must provide width in the defensive and midfield thirds
2. The forwards must provide width in the attacking third
3. Try to play passes outside the opponents full backs & behind the defence
4. The number 10 must continually make forward runs into the penalty area
5. The midfield must combine with quick & short passes
6. The number 10 must continually be on the move
7. The number 6 must always want to be on the ball in a “playmaker” role
8. When both full backs attack, the number 6 must create a defensive three
9. The forwards must force the opponents to pass outside & down the line
10. Passes into the no.10 create a 3v2 with the 9 & 11 against the centre backs
11. Don’t be afraid to pass directly into the teams forwards
Making this run will disrupt the
opponent's wide player
As the nearest midfielder receives,
the full back should immediately
provide support on the outside by
making a forward run
The full backs must provide width in the defensive and midfield thirds
The forwards should spin
into the spaces down the
side of the centre backs
The forwards must provide width in the attacking third
Passes outside the full back
will enable the forward to
go 1v1 against the opponents
centre back
Defenders shift across to defend
the space left by attacking full back
Try to play passes outside the opponents full backs & behind the defence
With the opponents defence pulled
out of position. Number 10 and 11
must exploit the space created by
making runs into the box
The number 10 must continually make forward runs into the penalty area
The positioning of the four midfielders
in-between the opponents players
causes problems for the opponents to
apply pressure
The midfielders must combine with
quick one and two touch passes
The midfield must combine with quick & short passes
The number 10 must try to receive
in the lines between the opponents
midfield and defence. In doing this,
the number 10 might attract a
marker which creates space for
other players in the team
The number 10 must continually be on the move
In attack, the number 6 must stay
behind the other midfielders and
always be in a position to receive a
pass and change the point of attack
When playing out of defence,
the number 6 must go to create
a diamond with the goalkeeper
and two centre backs
The number 6 must always want to be on the ball in a “playmaker” role
The number 6 must
recognise that both full
backs have joined the attack.
The number 6 must now sit
deep to create the back
three
When both full backs attack, the number 6 must create a defensive three
At all times, you must
avoid switches of play
The defence must squeeze
across with the centre backs
defending channel side
The number
6 must screen
in front of the
centre backs to
block passes into
the forwards
The forwards should
mark the centre
backs and therefore,
force passes out to
the full backs
Squeeze across and
outnumber the
opponents on this
side of the pitch
The forwards must force the opponents to pass outside & down the line
Defenders must try to play passes
beyond the opponents midfield in
order to take them out of the game
The midfield diamond must
be on the move to make
advantage of the extra player
in central areas
The number 10 must try to
receive on the back foot to
dribble forward
The number 10 must
arrive in the gaps behind
the opponents midfield to
receive
Passes into the no.10 create a 3v2 with the 9 & 11 against the centre backs
Midfielder must react to
the forward pass and make
forward runs to support
The forward not in
possession must look to
run behind the defend
The forwards must take responsibility to
show for a pass and hold off a defender
when marked closely
Don’t be afraid to pass directly into the teams forwards
FORMATION OVERVIEW
GK- 4-4-2 DIAMOND ROTATING THE SHAPE
GK-4-3-3
• The number 10 can easily push forward and
the number 9 and 11 outwards to make a
GK-4-3-3 formation
GK-3-4-1-2
• The full backs (2 and 5) can push into
midfield and the number 6 can drop to make
a three man defence
GK-4-3-2-1 (Christmas tree)
• The 9 and 11 drop deeper and the 10 now
becomes the focal point of the attack
• The above rotations should happen naturally
in the game due to player movement
STRENGTHS
• Number of players in central areas
• Compact defence
• movement in attack
CONCERNS
• Switches of play
• Midfield congestion
• Lack of natural width
©Copyright Academy Soccer Coach 2014
www.academysoccercoach.com
®

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442 Diamond Formation Ebook pdf ASC ACADEMY SOCCER COACHING

  • 2. COACHING THE GK-4-4-2 DIAMOND 1. The full backs must provide width in the defensive and midfield thirds 2. The forwards must provide width in the attacking third 3. Try to play passes outside the opponents full backs & behind the defence 4. The number 10 must continually make forward runs into the penalty area 5. The midfield must combine with quick & short passes 6. The number 10 must continually be on the move 7. The number 6 must always want to be on the ball in a “playmaker” role 8. When both full backs attack, the number 6 must create a defensive three 9. The forwards must force the opponents to pass outside & down the line 10. Passes into the no.10 create a 3v2 with the 9 & 11 against the centre backs 11. Don’t be afraid to pass directly into the teams forwards
  • 3. Making this run will disrupt the opponent's wide player As the nearest midfielder receives, the full back should immediately provide support on the outside by making a forward run The full backs must provide width in the defensive and midfield thirds
  • 4. The forwards should spin into the spaces down the side of the centre backs The forwards must provide width in the attacking third
  • 5. Passes outside the full back will enable the forward to go 1v1 against the opponents centre back Defenders shift across to defend the space left by attacking full back Try to play passes outside the opponents full backs & behind the defence
  • 6. With the opponents defence pulled out of position. Number 10 and 11 must exploit the space created by making runs into the box The number 10 must continually make forward runs into the penalty area
  • 7. The positioning of the four midfielders in-between the opponents players causes problems for the opponents to apply pressure The midfielders must combine with quick one and two touch passes The midfield must combine with quick & short passes
  • 8. The number 10 must try to receive in the lines between the opponents midfield and defence. In doing this, the number 10 might attract a marker which creates space for other players in the team The number 10 must continually be on the move
  • 9. In attack, the number 6 must stay behind the other midfielders and always be in a position to receive a pass and change the point of attack When playing out of defence, the number 6 must go to create a diamond with the goalkeeper and two centre backs The number 6 must always want to be on the ball in a “playmaker” role
  • 10. The number 6 must recognise that both full backs have joined the attack. The number 6 must now sit deep to create the back three When both full backs attack, the number 6 must create a defensive three
  • 11. At all times, you must avoid switches of play The defence must squeeze across with the centre backs defending channel side The number 6 must screen in front of the centre backs to block passes into the forwards The forwards should mark the centre backs and therefore, force passes out to the full backs Squeeze across and outnumber the opponents on this side of the pitch The forwards must force the opponents to pass outside & down the line
  • 12. Defenders must try to play passes beyond the opponents midfield in order to take them out of the game The midfield diamond must be on the move to make advantage of the extra player in central areas The number 10 must try to receive on the back foot to dribble forward The number 10 must arrive in the gaps behind the opponents midfield to receive Passes into the no.10 create a 3v2 with the 9 & 11 against the centre backs
  • 13. Midfielder must react to the forward pass and make forward runs to support The forward not in possession must look to run behind the defend The forwards must take responsibility to show for a pass and hold off a defender when marked closely Don’t be afraid to pass directly into the teams forwards
  • 14. FORMATION OVERVIEW GK- 4-4-2 DIAMOND ROTATING THE SHAPE GK-4-3-3 • The number 10 can easily push forward and the number 9 and 11 outwards to make a GK-4-3-3 formation GK-3-4-1-2 • The full backs (2 and 5) can push into midfield and the number 6 can drop to make a three man defence GK-4-3-2-1 (Christmas tree) • The 9 and 11 drop deeper and the 10 now becomes the focal point of the attack • The above rotations should happen naturally in the game due to player movement STRENGTHS • Number of players in central areas • Compact defence • movement in attack CONCERNS • Switches of play • Midfield congestion • Lack of natural width
  • 15. ©Copyright Academy Soccer Coach 2014 www.academysoccercoach.com ®