Basic Understandings of Structure in Attack

A longtime colleague of mine, Peter Motzenbecker, has written an excellent piece on the purposes of short passes. He identifies two broad ideas behind the utility of short passes, even in situations in which a longer pass that is closer to the opponent's goal is possible. The two ideas behind using short passes are to … Continue reading Basic Understandings of Structure in Attack

An Exploration of the 4-3-3’s Flexibility

Part One: The Rise of the 4-3-3 alongside our obsession with possession Ever since Barcelona and the Spanish national team's domination of top level soccer from 2008-2012, the 4-3-3 formation has become synonymous with possession orientated soccer, especially at youth level in the United States. Playing a high possession style doesn't just come from selecting … Continue reading An Exploration of the 4-3-3’s Flexibility