4-2-3-1 Defensive Pressurizing Game

4-2-3-1 Defensive Pressurizing Game

The game is designed to work on pressurizing the player on the ball, prevent a forward pass and ultimately win the ball. Closest player has to pressure the ball. To score, a player has to make a pass from anywhere into the keepers hands. The ball can be played in the air to the targets hands (to practice quality long distance lofted passes) or on the ground to feet (driven passes). All over the field players must work hard to close people on the ball down quickly.

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Changing shape to counter the opponents who are playing a 4-3-3

Changing shape to counter the opponents who are playing a 4-3-3

This is an excerpt from "Important alternative information on how to play the 4-2-3-1." We don’t like to change our team shape and way of playing. Rather; we like to force opponents to change their shape to accommodate us. Sometimes against top opponents who may dominate us it is necessary to do so. Here are some ideas we can use against a 4-3-3 which many teams play now. We wont come up against this too often.

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A Simple Explanation on How to Defend as a Team in 11 v 11

A Simple Explanation on How to Defend as a Team in 11 v 11

Playing in 5 Corridors widthwise to help define the positioning of players. Also playing in 3 thirds from goal to goal lengthwise (lets call these ZONES FOR CLARITY). Here we have a good balance with players positioning at angles to each other. Must get the team into 2 thirds only, except for the keeper, both offensively and defensively.

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How to Teach Freedom of Movement for the 4-2-3-1

How to Teach Freedom of Movement for the 4-2-3-1

Attacking and Defensive Positioning; and Covering for Each Other in Brief

To play such a fluid and imaginative style of play as we do; where players are offered such freedom offensively all over the field; there is always a "weakness" to this we need to address. In this case we look at the defensive consequences for which we need to cover and correct. 

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5 Phases of Play for 4-2-3-1

5 Phases of Play for 4-2-3-1
  • This is a very simple way to show how the team movement works. The system changes as we advance.
  • Players can interchange positions as we develop the play.
  • We offer great dynamics and fluidity to the players to allow them to express themselves on the field moving to a very attacking 3-1-3-3.
  • With this we can show the discipline also involved when we lose the ball and recover back.
  • Teams will develop their style of play within these frameworks, it will never be as picture perfect as this due to the nature of the game. It is more a guide. We teach this from U11 to U18.
  • How we do it per team will be determined by the level of play.
  • We strive to enable all teams at all levels to be able to master the attacking and defending defining team shapes of 1 and 2.
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Book Endorsement from The Institute for Jugendfussball

Book Endorsement from The Institute for Jugendfussball

The 4-2-3-1 is the favored formation of many top teams in world soccer at both club and national team level. This fluid, attack minded system has come to the forefront thanks to its success at the highest levels. Most notably, Spain utilized the 4-2-3-1 in winning both the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup. Top club sides Arsenal, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have also had success with the system. In this book, Wayne Harrison breaks down the 4-2-3-1 and discusses the principles, player roles and responsibilities, variations and adjustments based on the opponent´s strategy.

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Wayne Harrison on Changes at Surf

Wayne Harrison on Changes at Surf

When I joined San Diego Surf SC, I knew that this was a club with the potential to do great things. One thing that great international youth academies like Barcelona and Ajax have in common is a standard system of play throughout their teams. This is one of my goals in joining Surf – to bring a standard system to the club.

We will use the 4-2-3-1 system of play, the most popular system at professional level throughout the world now. This system, which was used by Spain to win the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is a fluid, attack-minded system also used by Arsenal, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and many others. With this in mind, we will also teach the players alternate systems of play to suit particular moments in game, all developing from the 4-2-3-1.

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Comments from World Class Coaching Clinic

Comments from World Class Coaching Clinic

Wayne is an outstanding clinician, and was well-received by coaches attending the Nebraska World Class Coaching Seminar. His passion for the game immediately rubbed off on the players he was working with, and they clearly enjoyed the sessions he conducted. He has the ability to convey relevant information to his teams while at the same time fostering an environment for learning by encouraging his players to figure out various situations for themselves. Wayne interacts with players and coaches alike in a thoroughly positive manner, which I am sure contributes toward accelerated learning for any individual fortunate enough to work with him.

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Soccer Symposium for Player Development

Soccer Symposium for Player Development

On Sunday, April 29, coach Wayne Harrison of CV Manchester Soccer Club presented a coaching symposium focused on his “Thinking Process” of training. The symposium, held at Carmel Creek Elementary School, was open to all interested coaches, parents and players. Harrison shared his views on coaching players to develop “vision” and to play a thinking style of soccer.

A former professional player with Blackpool Football Club in England and Oulu Palloseura in Finland, Harrison also represented Great Britain in the World Student Games in Mexico. His coaching experience includes Youth Director at Blackpool and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Harrison holds the UEFA “A” License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma and a degree in Sports Psychology and Applied Physiology.

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Coaching Symposium Recap - April 2012

Coaching Symposium Recap - April 2012

With an overcast day in San Diego, it made for a perfect setting to host my first free coaching symposium with Carmel Valley Manchester Soccer Club.  First, I have to thank everyone for coming out to watch and for the Manchester Soccer players that came out to help demonstrate during the clinic. It was a great success.

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