What does 4-4-2 mean in soccer?
This week we’re starting with a guide to a formation, that English classic, the 4-4-2. It’s characterised by four defenders (two centre-backs in the middle, full-backs on the left and right sides), four midfielders (two central midfielders, two wingers on the left and right sides) and two strikers.
What is the role of number 4 in football?
The 4 is generally the holding midfielder, as through the formation evolution it was often used for the sweeper or libero position. This position defended behind the central defenders, but attacked in front – feeding the midfield. It is generally not used today, and developed into the holding midfielder role.
What is 4 2 3 1 in football?
The original 4-2-3-1 formation consists of 4 defenders (2 centre backs and 2 full-backs), 2 defensive (holding) midfielders, 3 attacking (creative) midfielders and 1 striker. This system of play is one of the most popular systems used in soccer.
What is the diamond shape in football?
The “diamond” refers to the positioning of the four midfielders. Rather than featuring a flat four-man midfield, the formation uses one advanced attacking midfielder, one deep defensive midfielder and two narrow wide midfielders or wingers. In essence, the diamond formation is a 4-1-2-1-2 formation.