It’s All 4-4-2 – Part 5 (Conclusion)

This is the fifth and final instalment of the ‘It’s All 4-4-2’ series. For Part 1 click here. For Part 2 click here. For Part 3 click here. For Part 4 click here.

It’s All 4-4-2 – Conclusions

Over the previous 4 posts, we have covered a proposed method to support players in understanding a new formation. Hopefully, the last 4 posts have developed your understanding of how it could work and how, as a coach you can support learning through questions and challenges for players as opposed to ‘telling’ them or overcomplicating tactical discussion by involving players that it may not be relevant to. Of course, with time other players will begin to understand how their role links to other, but this model serves as a simple option to start you off.

In practice, we have a method of changing your formation without actually changing your formation. This could potentially remove the anxiety of a new position for some players, it can help in developing the understanding of their new roles and also builds decision-making skills within players as you are making them aware of their individual responsibilities as I touched on in Part 1.

This is by no means a finished article or a way of me saying what SHOULD be done, it is purely an idea/concept that I have been considering and thought it could be worth sharing. I would love to hear from anyone who has used something similar and more than happy to hear any question too.

Thanks for reading


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.

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