Of all sports, football remains the most exciting and most-watched game worldwide. Wherever you go, you are likely to come across dozens of football crazies who have their own favourite clubs and players. If compared to other sports, football is played by most of the counties in the world. Soccer formation plays an important role in game strategy, whether it is played on club or international level. This article is meant to provide some interesting formations which are in vogue as well as those that are considered outdated. It will definitely enrich your knowledge about football.
Usually, formation in football does not include the keeper. For example, if a coach uses a 2-3-5 formation in his strategy against the opponent, you can easily see that it expresses a total of 10, which clearly means that the keeper is excluded from the list. Another important point to be noted here is the first number describes the number of defenders installed just in front of the custodian. The next number in the formation describes the number of midfielders anchored at the heart of the field. Finally, you will get to know the number of forwards from last number in the formation.
Of all football formations used till date, 2-3-5 is among the oldest ones. It was used in both Scotland and England in the times of 1880s’. However, it is not an attractive formation for the football coaches as leaving only a couple of defenders just before the shot-stopper does not seem to be a wise option. This formation is, therefore, an outdated model these days. English Premier League side created a formation 3-2-2-3 in 1958 and it is still famous along the length and breadth of the globe. From the formation, it is clear that equal emphasis has been given on both defence and forward line.
However, with the passage of time, the coaches have found this strategy a not-very-good-one kind as throwing only three men at the defence line is no longer considered a healthy option. These days, the coaches usually use four men at the defence line. Some teams also use a 4-2-4 strategy though keeping it lightweight at the midfield is not a pragmatic choice as it puts more pressure on the defence line. In more recent times, a 4-5-1 formation has been used. However, it has several downsides. Leaving just one man in the attacking line – even if we assume that an attacking midfielder will help him – is never sufficient.
Goal is what makes the differences between the winner and loser in a football match. There are dozens of formations tried and tested in football matches. Some of these formations have become popular whereas others are thrown away in the course of time. A coach often uses different formations, depending on the opponent’s strategy. When the manager has only 11 players at his disposal, a sacrifice is often needed somewhere. A 4-4-2 formation is comparatively a new one and has become the most accepted one. It provides good coverage for both midfield and defence segments while leaving the charge of attacking to two strikers.