What are some common misconceptions about football

Game systems - basics of 4-2-3-1

Today's full-backs are fast, agile, ball-safe and always skillfully engage in attacking play. A very good technical education is necessary in every position today.

In this system, the full-backs are often faced with the difficult task of not being immediately supported by their teammates, and the defensive paths are sometimes very long. In this respect, the full-backs have to be very strong tackles who are able to delay the opposing attack.

The 2 - (double six)

It is actually unnecessary, but let's name it anyway. Our six must have a high level of game intelligence, be able to “read” a game. But that's what all players should be today, right?

The double six in the game system is usually interpreted as follows: A six is ​​more offensive, can be played in midfield, also takes care of building up the game and secures the back space behind the number 10 when the ball is in possession. The second six is ​​mainly responsible for defensive tasks. Ideally, because it is more difficult to calculate, the two sixes swap their roles in the game system again and again.

On the defensive, the sixes can form wonderful triangles on their sides with two players from the back four and attack the ball owner violently. Gaps for possible pass paths are automatically closed and if the ball is won, the path is quickly found via the winger in midfield. However, as described above, the walking distances are often very long in order to be able to support the full-backs.

The 3 - (The Midfield)

The midfield in 4-2-3-1 is very flexible. With the number 10 we have a real "playmaker" and with the two outside players, we have almost real wing attackers. Constant forays by the players on the offensive, ideally alternately, cause irritation in the opposing defense.

This offensive often automatically creates a 4-3-3 when you have possession of the ball.

The demands on the willingness to run and the tactical discipline are very high in order to be able to play these frequent system changes successfully.

The 1 (attack)

A player in attack sounds like a typical center forward who is not only tall and strong in the ball, but can also successfully contest tackles. But even in the 4-2-3-1, times are slowly changing and we find the "wrong nine", the attacker playing along, more and more often in this position.

So much for our brief introduction to 4-3-2-1. This system is very complex and by no means rigid. Here the team is challenged even more than is the case in other systems. If the entire team does not work consistently offensively and defensively, huge gaps arise. Learning is not only a challenge for the team, but also for the trainer.

Uwe Bluhm