Most teams play in the formation of a 4-3-3 which isn’t a bad formation when played right, however I believe that a 3-4-3 formation is more effective. The formation that a team plays can make or break the whole team and is the base of a team’s strategy. I think 3-4-3 is the best formation on the offensive and defensive side of the pitch.
This is how the formation works on the offensive side of the pitch. I think this formation is very effective in these situations because with a strong back 3 defenders, it allows your wing backs to step as well. The three strikers stay high and compact so they combine and dish out wide to the left and right mid/back who will step up and handle balls and near the sideline. These players are also used for cleaning up crosses when they go through the box and nobody gets a touch on it. With these 7 players contributing to the attack and 3 defenders sitting back at half, the team should be able to score.
On the defensive side of the pitch this formation allows the team to drop and have a compact and impenetrable line. The 4 players in the mid-field cover balls over the top and the initial attack. Then, when the opposition gets through to the back 3, they stay compact, the mid-field drops, and everyone forces the opposition out wide.
Going into week 4 our team was coming off of two tough losses and we were sitting at 5th in the league out of 8 teams which isn’t great. Knowing we needed a win we were coming up against the toughest opponent in the league, GPS New Hampshire. They’re ranked #1 in New Hampshire and were undefeated in the league.
The whistle blows and the game starts. Straight out of the gate it was an equal game with possession constantly shifting. The other team’s defense was looking shaky but at the moment they were only making slight mistakes. Until, their left back loses control of the ball and our right forward sends a through ball to our center forward. He takes a few quick touches past the center back and scores bar down. Our team was stoked after this and we tried to keep momentum but when getting pressed hard towards the end of the first half our defense collapsed and they got a lucky shot off. The shot barely snuck in the bottom corner and the half ended at 1-1.
We started the half off fast with a shot off the crossbar and a missed shot off of a cross into the box. We were pressuring high when the other teams goal keeper scuffed a clearance and the ball fell at the top of the box to our left mid and he scored top left when the keeper was out of position. At this point we were up 2-1 so we switched formation to a 4-5-1 and started to play more defensive however when playing this we were getting pressured into our own half constantly giving lots of scoring chances for the other team. So we switched back to a 4-3-3 and caught them off guard. With so,e quick passing up the field our attacking mid fielder sends a good ball over the top of the defensive line and the left mid scores yet again. On that note, the game ended 3-1 pushing our team, NEFC, up to third in the league.
When a dedicated soccer player says that soccer is a lifestyle they aren’t lying. On and off the pitch if a player wants to be great, they must work for it. How to work hard on the pitch is fairly basic for example, hustle, 100% effort and so on. But off the pitch is a different story. Eating and treating yourself right plays a huge role in how you’re going to play in your games and trainings.
Here are the basic rules to follow when preparing for a match or an intense training-
– About 12 hours/the night before the match you want to eat something substantial like a hamburger, or some type of heavy meat will suffice.
-About 4-6 hours before the match you want to eat something a bit lighter however still good nutrition. Some good options include salmon, chicken, and/or dark greens like a salad or spinach.
-About 30 minutes to an hour before the game you want to make sure you are constantly drinking water as hydration is very beneficial. Many think that you shouldn’t eat this close to a game but something light like a banana, blueberries, or even nuts can be tremendously helpful in providing an energy boost throughout the match.
-Lastly, after the game eating is less strict but water is still important as dehydration does nobody any good.
Starting the regular season off in week one feeling pretty good. We (NEFC) were coming off of a two tournaments. In the first tourney we performed well, winning three games, the scores being 3-1, 7-1, and 9-2. That’s a good few games right there and we were feeling strong until we faced GPS red in the finals. They came out very strong and defeated us 3-2. Then in the second tournament in the following weekend unfortunately I could only attend one of the games and let’s just say we did not perform well in the tourney at all. Losing to New Jersey, GPS, and ending with a draw against bolts ECNL.
WEEK 1 GAME AGAINSTAztec Boys 06 Elite Red
Coming into the first game we were very pumped and excited. This team we were facing is ranked 2nd in New Hampshire so we knew it would be a tough game. The whistle blows and the game starts. For the first 5 minutes the possession looks pretty equal however we were in their half and when we strung together a few quick passes in the mid-field the ball fell to our holding midfielder at the top of the box and he hit a banger top left. Now that we’re winning 1-0 we started to get comfortable, but a little to comfortable as our left defender gets caught pressing too high on a corner kick. It isn’t a great corner by us and they quickly dish the ball out to their striker on the counter attack, he cruised by our left back and it was a foot race to the goal, our center back got there when the attack was in our box and their striker made a few quick moves and scored a nice shot. As the game settles down and it’s tied 1-1 right before the end of the half our left striker uses his speed to blow by the right back and puts it away in the bottom right corner to make the game 2-1 NEFC winning at half time. The second half starts and it’s a lot of back and forth between each others half until out left striker sprints down the line and outs in a great cross to our center striker and he finishes the easy tap in. Th game ends NEFC 3 and Aztec 1.