Start Scoring More Goals By Playing a 4-3-3 Formation
Deciding what formation to play is one of the most important decisions any team will make, there's nothing set in stone that says you can't change up your formation during the season.
Many good coaches will do this when they feel something isn't quite right, but finding a system that works for your team is crucial to on-field success.
But If your goal is to set your team up to play creative, inspiring, attacking soccer, where the goals flow often and with ease, then you need to consider utilizing a 4-3-3 system.
Strength in Attack
In a 4-3-3, you are making the conscious choice to commit three players to your attack. Straight forward enough, but it takes courage to play with a front-three and two attacking-midfielders.
Choosing to play only one defensive center midfielder is a clear signal of your intent to attack your opponent, to commit numbers forward, to go out and win matches rather than play not-to-lose. So it starts to become clear why committing to attacking soccer, and playing a 4-3-3, is a great way to get your team to start scoring more goals.
Playing with two attacking-midfielders will allow you to get numbers forward in attack, create overloads, take-ons 1v1, and goal scoring opportunities, thus providing a clear and present reference for your pattern of play to goal. Don't compromise and take the conservative approach, chose players that express themselves, and consider how powerful your team can be going forward if you commit to the 4-3-3 philosophy.
Find the Triangles
Your three-player midfield should be prepared to work hard off the ball to create angles and break the press of your opponents by finding triangles in the middle of the park. Triangulation by your three central-midfielders will help your team keep possession of the ball, pass through the lines of your opponents, and create opportunities to switch the point of attack to create positive expression down the wide channels.
Developing the culture of supporting the player on the ball is vital to a playing in a 4-3-3 formation and will be beneficial to the runners once they recognize the more you work without the ball, the better chance you'll have of getting back on it to help dictate the tempo of a match.
Be Possession Oriented
One of the most powerful reasons to play a 4-3-3 formation is to be a possession-oriented team, a team that sets out to keep the ball and dominate possession, a team that can connect passes to joystick and manipulate opposition defenders.
If your team can keep the ball, and win the possession battle, you'll start noticing more windows for key, penetrating passes, assists, and goal scoring opportunities.
The 4-3-3 is a positive formation ideal for playing beautiful soccer, and beautiful soccer is all about keeping possession, moving at different rhythms and tempos, with and without the ball, enjoying the game with a smile on your face as your team creates artful, wave, after wave of attack.
If you want to score more goals, the 4-3-3 formation is the way to go.