4 3 3 Formation Strengths and Weaknesses

By Vince •  Updated: 05/20/22 •  8 min read

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4-3-3 is a formation that uses two central defenders, two fullbacks, three midfielders that can form a triangle or a straight line, and three forwards. The three forwards consist of two wide players and a single central striker.

The formation has strong points which allow it to be successful and weak points that can be exploited by the opposition and contribute to its failure.

The strengths and weaknesses of the formation have been highlighted below.

Strengths of the 4 3 3 Formation

Weaknesses of the 4 3 3 Formation

Final Thoughts

Having listed the strengths and weaknesses of the 4-3-3 formation, the main factor contributing to it is the coach’s type of players in the team.

This formation needs to be trained through specific drills to be functional. The coach should explain to the players the roles that each member plays.

A well-drafted and clear plan will help the players understand what is expected. The players and the coaching staff must communicate to share inputs during training and match days.

Finally, a well-trained team will display the formation’s strengths while the rest will struggle to make the formation work.


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