Soccer Formation Pros and Cons – The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Most Popular Formations

By Vince •  Updated: 06/27/22 •  9 min read

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Football has a variety of formations that coaches use. Each formation has its strong and weak points. This article will look at the most popular soccer formations out there.

It’s vital to remember that there’s no ‘one’ way to play a formation – I’ve seen counterattacking sides play a 4-3-3, and possession sides play with a 4-4-2, so there’s a lot of grey area in articles like this one. However, with all that considered, this article should give enough information for a coach looking to try out new formations.

4-3-3 Strengths and Weaknesses

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Cons

If you want more information about the 4 3 3 formation, you should check out our guide.

4-2-3-1 Strengths and Weaknesses

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Cons

4-4-2 Strengths and Weaknesses

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Cons

3-4-3 Strengths and Weaknesses


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3-5-2 Strengths and Weaknesses


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Vince

I'm a qualified soccer coach, who has been involved with the sport for most of my life. I started Woodland Soccer to talk about the game I love.