Pattern Play: 4-2-3-1 Formation

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Pattern Play: Pattern play is great way to stimulate ideas for coordinated team movement in a specific formation.  This example shows the team set-up in a color coded 4-2-3-1 formation.The Center Backs’s = black, Wing Backs’s=white, Defensive Center Mid & Passing Center Mid = Yellow, Striker & Attacking Center Mid = purple, Wingers = white (they work with wing backs) .  The colors help players identify their “partner player or players” on the field.  Example: if the winger cuts inside the wingback will know to get wide, if the winger stays wide the wingback will underlap.

This is only one example of unlimited patterns that can done.  This pattern ends with a shot on goal but not all patterns need to.  You can work patterns coming out of your own defensive third, middle of the field or in the attacking third.

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