Carlos Queiroz: Attacking Patterns in a 4-3-3

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SS_QuierozCarlos Queiroz is one of the most respected coaches in world football having worked successfully at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon. He also holds the prestigious record of qualifying 3 different national teams to the World Cup (S. Africa, Portugal, Iran). Carlos is currently Head Coach of the Iran National Team as they campaign for qualification to the 2018 World Cup.

The following session was performed by Carlos with the Iran National Team as part of their World Cup qualification.

Developing the ability and understanding to attack at pace is crucial in international football; Attacking Patterns in a 4-3-3 emphasize and teach the various movements + patterns that can lead to successful attempts on goal.


Attacking Patterns in a 4-3-3

1.

Setup:

20 Players + 3 Goalkeepers. 2 groups of 4 defenders (green) and 2 groups of 6 attackers (Black + Red) organised in positions as shown.

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Diagram A

Instructions:

ATTACKING OPTIONS IN A 4-3-3:

Play starts with a throw from the Goalkeeper to any Midfield player (in the diagram- Black team is attacking first). The 4 defenders (green) must START between the yellow cones in line with the penalty spot. As the GK throws the ball they must QUICKLY push up to a position slightly outside the box to draw their line and await the first attack. A 6v4 attacking situation is created. Alternate Black and Red attacks – also, alternate the Defensive players after 2-3 attacks. Attacking team must use various patterns to create goalscoring opportunities.

Coaching Points:

  • Attacking Team:
    • Quick ball movement, Overlap, Pass and Drive forward – movement to create chaos for opponent
    • Opposite side forward must come into a central striker position
    • Encourage players to move ‘in and out’ – swap positions, drive forward etc – FORCE the Back-4 into uncomfortable situations
  • Defensive Team:
    • Stay compact, hold the line, press the ball when appropriate

2.

Setup:

20 Players + 3 Goalkeepers. 2 groups of 4 defenders (green) and 2 groups of 6 attackers (Black + Red).

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Diagram B

Instructions:

ATTACKING OPTIONS IN A 4-3-3:

  1. R + L Midfielders can overlap R + L forwards
  2. In the diagram the L. Forward (LF) has driven inside to become the 2nd Center-Forward. This opens up areas for teammates and forces the Back-4 to mark + adjust.
  3. Player (2) R. Mid can dribble inside + pass to the center-forward and continue to DRIVE forward – this run forward affects the defensive line and opens space for teammates. The R Forward (RF) can check back into space to receive the pass.

Coaching Points:

  • Attacking Team:
    • Quick ball movement, Overlap, Pass and Drive forward
    • Opposite side forward MUST come into a central striker position
    • Encourage players to move ‘in and out’ – swap positions, drive forward etc – FORCE the Back-4 into uncomfortable situations
  • Defensive Team:
    • Stay compact, hold the line, press the ball

3.

Setup:

20 Players + 3 Goalkeepers. 2 groups of 4 defenders (green) and 2 groups of 6 attackers (Black + Red).

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Diagram C

Instructions:

ATTACKING OPTIONS IN A 4-3-3:

In the Diagram the R. Midfield player has overlapped the Right Forward who is driving inside.

Coaching Points:

  • Attacking Team:
    • Quick ball movement, Overlap, Pass and Drive forward
    • Opposite side forward MUST come into a central striker position
    • Encourage players to move ‘in and out’ – swap positions, drive forward etc – FORCE the Back-4 into uncomfortable situations
  • Defensive Team:
    • Stay compact, hold the line, press the ball

4.

Setup:

An 11v11 is organised as follows:

In each half – 6 Attackers vs. Back-4 + Goalkeeper. Players must remain in their designated half of the pitch.

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Diagram D

Instructions:

11v11 – EMPHASIS ON ATTACKING PATTERNS IN A 4-3-3:

Play starts each time with a throw from the Goalkeeper to his midfield player(s) in the attacking half; on receiving the ball they must immediately attack the Back-4 using the previously practiced patterns.
Alternate attacks – ball starts with Goalkeeper (A) one time / Goalkeeper (B) next time.

Progression:

Normal 11v11 free play

Coaching Points:

  • On receiving the ball, turn and immediately attack the Back-4 at pace
  • All previous coaching points apply
  • Overlapping, drive inside, quick ball circulation
  • If Defensive team wins possession they can immediately pass to their attacking players.