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Roles & Responsibilities in a 4-3-3 System of Play

Players understand their attacking and defending responsibilities in a 4-3-3 formation
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Chad Rakestraw

on 22 July 2016

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Roles and Responsibilities in a 4-3-3 System of Play
1-Goalkeeper
3-Left Fullback
4 & 5-Center Back
Center Back
2-Right Fullback
6-Holding Midfielder
Attacking Midfielder 8 or 10
Attacking Midfielder 8 or 10
7-Right Winger
9-Center Forward
Role in Defense

Good communication
Command your 6-yard and 18-yard box
Last line of defense
Stop the ball from shots and crosses
Provide cover/balance to the Back 4 players
When defending:

Starting position in relation to the ball
Provide good information
Organize your defenders
Concentrate on making safe saves
Dealing with crosses in the box / set plays
Dealing with shots on goal (near / far)
Consider angles and distances of support
Role in Attack:

Good communication
1st line of attack
Quality distribution to Defender / Midfield / Forward Players
Provide support to defenders / midfield
When attacking:

Provide quality distribution
Utilize your box
Be available to receive a pass from defenders
Distribute to wide defenders
Distribute to midfield / forwards
Push up and support from the back
Provide good information
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Mark attackers as directed zonal, man to man
Provide pressure and support when play is on the left side of the field
Provide cover and balance when ball is on the opposite side of the field
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball if you are the closest defender to the attacker.
Delay
the attacking player from penetrating forward with the ball.
Don't allow attackers to turn in flank areas.
Speed, angle of approach and jockeying are key considerations.

When the ball is on your side of the field, provide
cover
to the defender putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support are key considerations.

Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is on the opposite side of the field. Zonal positioning and awareness of opponents are key considerations.
Mark and track vertical runs of attackers in areas on the left side of the field.
Keep shape and stay compact. Be aware of attackers blind side runs (See the player and the ball).

If you are beaten by the attacker, quickly recover making runs in a direct line towards your own goal.
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Be available to receive a pass
Provide Width and Depth
Quality distribution to midfield
Provide support to defenders / midfield / forwards with good movement off the ball
When attacking:

Penetration
, when you win the ball, can you go forward by either passing the ball or running with the ball!
Provide quality distribution to defenders, midfield players and forwards through short passes, driven passes and long-lofted passes down the line or diagonal passes to switch the play. You should always think about and recognize the opportunity for support passes back to the goalkeeper. If you are in a position in and around the opponent's penalty area, can you shoot to score or get a cross in the box!

Provide
Width
and
Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces off the ball in front or behind the player with the ball. Be available at all times to receive a pass. This will help to stretch the opponent's defensive shape to unbalance the opposing team.

Provide good
movement off the ball
through
mobility
. Make overlapping runs into forward areas when possible.
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Mark attackers as directed, zonal or man to man
Pressure and support when play is in central areas of the field
Cover and balance when the ball is in wide areas of the field
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure on the ball
if you are the closest defender to the attacker!
Don't allow attackers to turn when receiving back to goal!
Delay
the attacking player from penetrating forward with the ball. Speed, angle of approach and jockeying are important. Knowing when and where to tackle are key considerations!

When the ball is on your side of the field, provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support are key considerations.

Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is in wide areas of the field. Zonal positioning and man to man situations (inside the penalty box) are key considerations.
Mark and track vertical runs of attackers in central areas of the field.
Keep the shape and stay
compact
. Good communication is needed (clear and precise). Form partnerships with the other Center Back and the nearest Fullback!

If you are beaten by the attacker, quickly
recover
making runs in a direct line towards your own goal.
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Be available to receive a pass
Provide Width and Depth
Quality distribution to midfield / forward players
Provide support to defenders / midfield / forwards
When attacking:

Look for
Penetration
. When you win the ball, in transition, can you go forward by either passing or running the ball out of the defensive third!

Provide quality distribution to Fullbacks, midfield players and forwards. Play short passes, driven passes and long-lofted passes to start the attack. Always support passes back to the GK. After a pass back, open up wide and try to get on the ball again to go forward and to look for penetration immediately!

Provide
Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces off the ball, distance and angle of support behind the player with the ball are key considerations. Be available at all times to receive a pass.

Provide good
movement off the ball
in a supporting role through
Mobility
.
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Mark attackers as directed zonal, man to man
Provide pressure and support when play is on the left side of the field
Provide cover and balance when ball is on the opposite side of the field
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball if you are the closest defender to the attacker.
Delay
the attacking player from penetrating forward with the ball.
Don't allow attackers to turn in flank areas.
Speed, angle of approach and jockeying are key considerations.

When the ball is on your side of the field, provide
cover
to the defender putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support are key considerations.

Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is on the opposite side of the field. Zonal positioning and awareness of opponents are key considerations.
Mark and track vertical runs of attackers in areas on the left side of the field.
Keep shape and stay compact. Be aware of attackers blind side runs (See the player and the ball).

If you are beaten by the attacker, quickly recover making runs in a direct line towards your own goal.
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Be available to receive a pass
Provide Width and Depth
Quality distribution to midfield
Provide support to defenders / midfield / forwards with good movement off the ball
When attacking:

Penetration
, when you win the ball, can you go forward by either passing the ball or running with the ball!
Provide quality distribution to defenders, midfield players and forwards through short passes, driven passes and long-lofted passes down the line or diagonal passes to switch the play. You should always think about and recognize the opportunity for support passes back to the goalkeeper. If you are in a position in and around the opponent's penalty area, can you shoot to score or get a cross in the box!

Provide
Width
and
Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces off the ball in front or behind the player with the ball. Be available at all times to receive a pass. This will help to stretch the opponent's defensive shape to unbalance the opposing team.

Provide good
movement off the ball
through
mobility
. Make overlapping runs into forward areas when possible.
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Marking and tracking opponents in central areas of the field
Pressure on the ball and support your midfield / defenders, when play is in central areas of the field
Cover and balance when the ball is on the opposite side of the field
To break up counter attacks.
When defending:

In opponents half:
The 6 should be looking to intercept/win the opponents clearance or pass to get them out. If you can not get to it first, you should be pressing the player if they are in your area.

When the ball is in
central midfield areas
of the field, you must provide
cover
to your the 8/10 midfielders who should be putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, your communication, angle and distance of support and staying compact are key.
Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is in wide areas of the field. Sliding side to side and maintaining a central position in front of your 4 & 5. Positioning, discipline and the awareness of opponent's positions is vital.

Defending third
: Sometimes the 6 must mark man to man or pick up vertical runs of opponent's midfield players in central areas if they are the opponents next passing option. It is important to be looking to intercept opponent's passes into forwards.

If you are beaten at any point, you should be looking to quickly recover to get behind the ball.
Role in Attack:
Switching the point of attack
Be support behind Midfield/Forwards
Quality distribution to defenders / midfield / forward players

When attacking:

Always look for
Penetration
when you win the ball in transition. Can you go forward, by either passing or dribbling.

Provide quality distribution to defenders, midfield players and forwards, short passes, driven passes and long-lofted passes into space in front and behind opponents. Use diagonal passes to switch the play!

If facing your own goal, play a supporting pass to defenders or the goalkeeper!
If in a position in and around opponent's penalty area, can you shoot to score!

Provide
Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces in front of the Back 4 players. Intercept opponent's passes into forwards, then look to penetrate.

Provide good
movement off the ball
, however, discipline is required in your role as a holding player within the system. If you get into advanced positions, other midfield players need to balance.
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Marking and tracking opponents on your side of the field
Pressure on the ball and support your right defender when play is on your side of the field
Cover and balance when the ball is on the opposite side of the field
When defending:

In the opponents half:
It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball immediately if you are the closest defender to the attacker on the ball.
Delay
the attacking player from penetrating forward with the ball. Its important that you assess your approaching speed, angle of approach and tackle.

When the ball is in your area of the field, provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball. If you have the opponent on the half turn or back turned, can you double and get the ball back right then and there.

In the middle/defending thirds
use your judgement on whether to pressure, provide cover, or delay. Communication, angle and distance of support as well as staying compact are key considerations when playing with all 3 players in the midfield. Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is in wide and opposite areas of the field, you must be aware of the opponent's positions in your area/zone.

If you are beaten by the attacker, quickly recover to get back behind the ball.
Role in Attack:

Be available to receive a pass, support defenders / midfield / forwards
Distribution to midfield/ forward player
Look for penetration on dribble or combination play.
Look to overload with forwards.


When attacking:

When you win the ball, in transition, look for penetration. Can you go forward by either passing or dribbling!

Provide quality distribution to midfield players and forwards, short passes, combinations, driven passes to switch play, and long-lofted passes into space in front and behind opponents.

Look for diagonal passes to change the point of attack.
If in a position in and around opponent's penalty area, can you shoot to score!

Provide Width and Depth by identifying and moving into spaces.
ALWAYS
be available to receive a pass.

Provide good movement of the ball to support the Back 4 players and make forward runs from deep positions in behind the opponent's defending line, getting on the end of crosses. Be creative when on the ball in attacking areas and dribble and take on opponents in the attacking third!
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Marking and tracking opponents on your side of the field
Pressure on the ball and support your right defender when play is on your side of the field
Cover and balance when the ball is on the opposite side of the field
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball (high. medium, low) if you are the closest defender to the attacker on the right side of the field.
Delay
the attacking player from penetrating forward with the ball.
Speed, angle of approach and jockeying are key considerations.

When the ball is in your area of the field, provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball.

When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support as well as staying compact are key considerations when playing with 3 players in the midfield 1/3rd.

Provide cover and
balance
when the ball is in wide and opposite areas of the field. Positioning and awareness of opponent's positions are key considerations.

If you are beaten by the attacker, quickly recover, mark and track vertical runs
of opponent's midfield players.
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Be available to receive a pass
Provide Width
Distribution to midfield/ forward player
Look for penetration
Support to defenders / midfield / forwards
Mobility - good movement off the ball
When attacking:

When you win the ball, in transition, look for penetration. Can you go forward by either passing or dribbling!

Provide quality distribution to midfield players and forwards, short passes, wall passes, driven passes, crosses into the box and long-lofted passes into space in front and behind opponents.

Look for diagonal passes to change the point of attack.
If in a position in and around opponent's penalty area, can you shoot to score!

Provide Width and Depth by identifying and moving into spaces. Always be available to receive a pass.

Provide good movement of the ball to support the Back 4 players and make forward runs from deep positions in behind the opponent's defending line, getting on the end of crosses. Be creative when on the ball in attacking areas and dribble and take on opponents in the attacking third!
Role in Defense:

Pressure on the ball
Force the play sideways and backwards when possible
Cover and balance when the ball moves around the field
Stay connected - Keep shape
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball. Force defenders to make mistakes and don't allow defenders to get out of their own defensive 1/3rd. Pressure individually and collectively and feed of those mistakes.

Provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support as well as channeling are key considerations.

At times you may need to recover and fill in for a teammate who is caught out of position. You may also track an opponent's vertical run!
Role in Attack:

Stay high and wide and provide width.
Look to get in behind and take on backs in 1v1 situations. Must be a good crosser and attacker 1v1.
Combination play with midfield / forwards
Support midfielders and forwards
Good movement of the ball to create space for you and others.
Retain possession in the Final 1/3rd
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Pressure on the ball
Force the play sideways and backwards when possible
Cover and balance when the ball moves around the field
Stay connected - Keep shape
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure
on the ball. Force defenders to make mistakes and don't allow defenders to get out of their own defensive 1/3rd. Pressure individually and collectively and feed of those mistakes.

Provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angle and distance of support as well as channeling are key considerations.

At times you may need to recover and fill in for a teammate who is caught out of position. You may also track an opponent's vertical run!
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Shoot and create opportunities to score
Look for penetration
Combination play with midfield / forwards
Support midfielders and forwards
Good movement of the ball to create your own
space and space for others - Mobility
Retain possession in the Final 1/3rd
When attacking:

After receiving the ball in space in the
final third
, look to combine or dribble at a defender with the ball.

You must look to get quality crosses into the penalty box to create scoring opportunities. Also, you must look for shooting whenever there is an opportunity, be creative and take risks, express your skill and imagination!

Provide
Width, Length and Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces. Create and exploit the space behind and in front at every opportunity either with the ball or without the ball.

Intelligent movement across the line of defenders on the edge of the box. Diagonal runs in front and behind defenders creating space for yourself and others. Recognize fellow striker's movement and move intelligently off them. In and around the box near and far post runs to attack crosses from wide areas.
When attacking:

After receiving the ball, can you go forward by either playing a wall pass, play a combination, by a take over, a dribble, a one-two or running at a defender with the ball.
You must look to get quality crosses into the penalty box to create scoring opportunities. Also, you must look for shooting whenever there is an opportunity, be creative and take risks, express your skill and imagination!

Provide
Width, Length and Depth
by identifying and moving into spaces. Create and exploit the space behind and in front at every opportunity either with the ball or without the ball.

Intelligent movement across the line of defenders on the edge of the box. Diagonal runs in front and behind defenders creating space for yourself and others. Recognize fellow striker's movement and move intelligently off them. In and around the box near and far post runs to attack crosses from wide areas.
Role in Defense:

Good communication
Pressure on the ball
Force the play sideways and backwards when possible
Try to keep play on one side of the field. Right or Left
Stay connected - Keep shape
When defending:

It is your responsibility to put
pressure on the ball
. Force

mistakes from defenders, don't allow defenders to get out of their own defensive 1/3rd. Pressure individually and collectively to get the ball back quickly to get to goal.

Provide
cover
to your teammate who is putting pressure on the ball. When providing cover, communication, angles and distances of support and channeling are key considerations.

At times you may need to recover and fill in for a teammate who takes your position.
Role in Attack:

Good communication
Shoot
Create opportunities to score
Look for penetration
Combination play with midfield
Support midfield players
Good movement off the ball to create your own space and space for others - Mobility
Retain possession in the Final 1/3rd
When attacking:

Provide
Length and Depth
to stretch the opposition and create as much space for yourself and your teammates.
Need to look to also exploit the space behind and in front at every opportunity either with the ball or without the ball.
Also need to be a target to play into to break pressure for defenders and midfielders, and to combine with midfielders and wingers to get in behind.
This player should always be looking for opportunities to get into the penalty area to create scoring chances. In and around the box, make near and far post runs to attack crosses from wide areas.
11-Left Winger
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