I am part of a team that plays in an amateur league that also has a playoff at the end of the season. Our team is consisting of fit players that are not very tall but can run around a lot. However, not everybody can show-up to all of the games and sometimes there are some new players. The opposition teams are mostly fit and good ones.
The team is performing as seen below:
Pos. | P | W | D | L | GF | GA | PTS | YC | RC | Last 5 | 5. | 10 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 19 | 20 | 17 | 9 | 0 | W-W-W-L-D |
Our success percentage is quite low, however, considering that we are a new team we are still doing OK; we have only 2 points difference with the 2nd team. We play on a field that is quite narrow but a little long, so horizontal passes cannot be made too much, whereas vertical passing is very easy.
We play in a 3-2-1 formation:
---- Goalie ---- RB -- CB -- LB LW -------- RW -- CF --
This is a practical, defensive approach; the
RB and the
LB often move a little forward but do not really help the offense, while the
RW need to move around a lot and help defense contain any attacks. The
CF on the other hand is single and needs to move around a lot and look for goals.
However, as you can already see, our goal average is not high enough, while the number of goals we conceded is not high either (we rank as the best defensive team).
After the previous two games (
T), I suggested the 4-1-1 formation:
------ Goalie ------ RB -- CB -- CB -- LB | | V ---- MC ---- V -- CF --
With this formation, I think that the
RB and the
LB have to run back and forth a lot, while the
MC has to be able to deal with playing alone. However, I find this strategy good for both offense and defense; when counter-attacking, the team can help the
CF up to 3 extra players, whereas with the previous strategy, a maximum of 2 players can help. With the kind of players we have the new strategy of running more should not be a problem.
I should say that I am not the captain of the team, and therefore cannot add much to the team strategy other than simple suggestions. Yet, I am still curious about how we can improve.
What would be your thoughts on implementing this approach?
Just to update, we kept the 3-2-1 approach but managed to play more and more as a whole team unit; attack and defend as a whole. The CB, GK and CF were essentially very very quality players, especially the CB managed to keep the whole defense in shape. I almost exclusively played RB and enjoyed the season very much.
What we sometimes managed to do was have the CF pull back and almost have the following formation:
---- Goalie ---- RB -- CB -- LB LW ---MC--- RW
That when we have the ball launched to:
---- Goalie ---- -------CB------- LW ---------- RW LF -- CF -- RF
We changed our play style according to the team we were facing, having gotten familiar with them.
Here is the final table:
Pos. | P | W | D | L | GF | GA | PTS | YC | RC | Last 5 | 2. | 21 | 14| 3 | 4 | 57 | 44 | 45 | 16 | 2 | W-W-W-W-T |
We went on to the final of the playoffs and beat #1 to win it! Really happy the results and having contributed to this team!