Soccer formations and soccer tactics: 4-4-2
The main-stay of English soccer where every player is paired with another providing good support throughout the soccer formation. There are 4 defenders, 4 midfielders and 2 forwards.
Defenders: With four at the back, the full-backs (defensive wide players) can mobilise quickly in to attack knowing that there is adequate cover to cover their position until they drop back in.
Midfielders: Central midfield players are the real engines of the team. They help protect the back four whilst also starting and supporting much of the attacking play. The two wide midfield players give team's their width, provide crosses and get behind defenders.
Attackers: With two up front, whichever attacker receives the ball should always have another attacker close by for support.
This soccer formation allows play to be switched very quickly from defence to attack using the two unmarked full-backs to make overlapping runs to help bolster the attack (4-4-2 to 2-4-4).
Playing the 4-4-2 soccer formation you can defend with 10 players behind the ball and attack with 8 making this a very effective soccer formation and soccer tactic to employ.
A variation on this soccer formation is 4-4-1-1 where one centre forward plays behind the other to link up the midfield and attack, a soccer tactic often used by the likes of Man Utd.
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