How can I recognize what formation a soccer/association football team is in?


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FOOTBALL , more commonly known as Association Football or soccer , is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball . At the turn of the 21st century, the game was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field of grass or green artificial turf , with a goal in the middle of each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by driving the ball into the opposing goal. The game is played at all levels, from unrefereed teams of a few (not necessarily as many as eleven) children without spectators in a field of any size, with pairs of coats as goalposts and not strictly conforming to the rules, to strictly-regulated games between teams of highly-competent professional players before enthusiastic crowds of 100,000 or more in a purpose-built stadium . The team that...
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Welcome! is a collaborative Database where football (soccer) fans can review and post teams tactics and formations. In Football, different formations can be used depending on whether you wish to adopt a more attacking or defensive style of play.

Some people firmly believe that one system is better than another while others say its as random as the numbers that come up when playing roulette in a casino. But you definitely have a better chance of determining the match formation of a team through study than you have at trying to learn how to predict random roulette numbers in a casino.

In the modern game, fans, journalists and pundits alike are increasingly aware of the tactical nuances and formations. The ever expanding database can lead to a greater understanding of the tactics involved.

The aim of the site is to show the match formation of a team by providing fan coverage of several leagues. We currently have ...

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Soccer / Football History, Changes and Important Milestones including Players, Teams, Football Association (FA), worldwide appeal, spread and growth

Ancient Foundations:

Outside the United States, the game is known simply as football. In the U.S., American football had staked its claim on the term, and so soccer became the (considerably older) sport's name in America. In this article, we shall refer to the sport as football.

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For me every formation can be traced back to one of the two basic formations: 4-3-3 and 4-4-2. All the other formations are just another interpretation of player roles here, or just another way of setting the players (for instance, playing with a defensive midfielder instead of a attacking midfielder).

This in my opinion makes a lot more sense since a team always has to react on situations during the match. An example: Real Madrid mostly plays a almost classis 4-3-3 formation, with Marcelo as their left full-back. In the Primera Division, Real is almost always the better team, resulting in a lot of possesion, so Marcelo can stand much deeper (almost playing as a midfielder or even a winger). But when Real is playing against Barcelona, we mostly see Barca in possesion, so Marcelo has to think defensively more and thus will stand less deep than when having much possesion. You see that in this case, the formation in possesion can almost be described as being a 3-4-3 formation,...

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In association football, the formation describes how the players in a team are positioned on the pitch. Different formations can be used depending on whether a team wishes to play more attacking or defensive football.

Formations are used in both professional and amateur football matches. Skill and discipline on the part of the players is also needed to implement a given formation effectively in professional football. Formations need to be chosen bearing in mind which players are available. Some of the formations below were created to address deficits or strengths in different types of players.


Formations are described by categorising the players (not including the goalkeeper) according to their positioning along (not across) the pitch, with the more defensive players given first. For example, 4–4–2 means four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards.

Traditionally, those within the same category (for example the four...

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This article is about the sport of association football. For other codes of football, see



Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer,[3] is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport.[4][5][6][7] The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal.

The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and only in their penalty area. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may also use their head or torso. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on...

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When football players take the field, they line up in certain places on or behind the line of scrimmage. These patterns are called formations. Here’s a brief overview of the lineups for both sides of the field.

Click here for a PDF that summarizes the formations.

Offensive formations

An offensive formation is how the offense aligns all 11 of its players prior to using a particular play. A team can run or pass out of many formations. Here are three of the most popular ones:

Shotgun offense: The shotgun offense is often used on passing downs. This formation gives the quarterback (QB) more time to visualize the defense, particularly the secondary’s alignment. Here’s what you’ll see:

Split-back formation: In, Teams use the split-back formation because it’s difficult for the defense to gauge whether the offense is running or passing. Here’s what you’ll see:

The runners are aligned behind the two guards about 5 yards behind the line of...

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Formations are the way a soccer team lines up its defense, midfield, and forward line at the beginning of the match. If you want to get technical, you could produce dozens of formations due to the mathematical possibilities and new ways coaches are trying to devise to play the game.

Soccer is a fluid game where a midfielder may become a forward for five or ten minutes and then return to his original position. Or, likewise, a forward can come back to defend.

When talking about formations, defenders are listed first and then midfielders and forward. For example, a 4-4-2 formation has four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards. Goalkeepers are not counted because they are the one position that has not changed over the years.

Just remember, the best coaches aren’t necessarily ones who devise the best formations, but rather are the ones who devise the best formation for their team to accentuate its strengths and to hide its weaknesses.


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First up is an outrageously fluid formation.

Calling it a 4-2-2-2 is just about passable, but the amount of movement that goes on is absolutely mind-blowing (when used properly).

The back four is pretty standard: the full-backs are required to be capable both offensive and defensively. The central midfield duo usually consists of a destroyer and a playmaker, but the latter isn't a necessity on account of what goes on further up the field.

The two "wingers" act more like fluid inside forwards, dropping in, coming central, testing the width in whatever manner they deem necessary. As such, they must be technically excellent, mobile players who can isolate weaknesses and exploit them.

Among the front two, one will usually drop in a little deeper to pick the ball up from the midfield duo, while one is a consistent presence for the opposing defence to deal with.

In defence it looks like a...

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You’re probably a macho guy (or a really cool chick) who knows football inside and out. But just to make sure we’re on the same page here, let’s run through some of the basic rules of football formations before we have a look at the formations themselves.

Offensive Positioning

There must be 11 total players. Of these, 6 positions are always the same. They are the five players make up the offensive line (OL)—1 center (C), 2 guards (G), 2 tackles (T)—plus 1 quarterback (QB).

The other 5 positions can be any combination of the remaining positions: 0-3 tight ends (TE), 0-5 wide receivers (WR), and 0-3 backs (FB/HB).

For any given play, there must be at least 7 players on the line of scrimmage—the 5 on the OL, plus at least 2 more. These two can be either TEs or WRs. A team can place more players on the line of scrimmage, but the rule is that only the two players on the ends are eligible receivers. So, most often, to maximize the number of eligible...

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As managers are unable to get on the field themselves, the formation is a vital way for them to enforce their vision on the players. The type of formation selected by the manager reflects the sort of football you can expect them to play, so understanding what the most commonly used formations signify is key to understanding football.

4-4-2 (Four Four Two) Formation

The most common and adaptable formation in modern football, the weakness of 4-4-2 is the gaps between the central defenders, midfielders and the strikers. As such, a huge burden is placed on the central midfield to augment defense and attack.

Precisely because of this all-round contribution, the wings play a vital role in spurring on attacks and supporting the strikers. This was evident in the approach of Manchester United and Arsenal during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The former utilised David Beckham and Gary Neville’s ability to deliver crosses from deep positions (as well as Beckham’s...

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The 3-5-2 is coming back, but world football aficionados aren't exactly certain why.

The formation Roberto Mancini has put together, while tactically interesting, is fast becoming an unmitigated disaster.

The once-solid Manchester City back line has been porous so far this season, and that's come down to the Italian's tinkering.

The 3-5-2 allows true wing-backs to go forward with little defensive responsibility. The width and service they provide creates a large number of chances for the strikers, while the three centre-backs should feel confident in dealing with the opposing strikers.

Many managers look to have a spare man in defence. For example, if Marcelo Bielsa comes up against a team that plays 4-4-2, he will use three at the back. Should they switch to one up front, he converts to a back four.

Here's an in-depth look at the...

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