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PLAYING THE

GK-3-5-2 FORMATION

COACHING THE GK-3-5-2


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The two outside centre backs should expand in possession


The centre backs should use their extra man to play out of defence
The wing backs should go high to push the opponents back
The wing backs should stay wide to open passes to the forwards
The central defender can also step in front of the defence as a playmaker
The two centre midfielders must rotate who attacks and who stays to defend
Playing into the forwards to flick on or hold up can be very effective
The number 10 can rotate with the two forwards to disrupt the defence
When defending, the two wing backs can drop back to make a back five.
The central defender can drop back as a sweeper with the other two marking
The forwards can force play inside or outside to make play predictable

The two outside centre back expand with in possession


The two wide centre backs
must spread wide in order
to use the full width of the
pitch and increase distance
between themselves and
the opposing forwards

The centre backs should use the extra man to play out of defence

The three defenders are


now spread out and can
quickly move the ball in
order to free a defender
to bring the ball forward

The wingbacks should go high and push the opponent's back

In possession, the two wing


backs should try to go high
and wide in order to push
the opponents back into
their own half

The wingbacks should stay wide to open passing lanes for the forwards
The wing backs provide
width and open space
for the forwards to
receive to feet

The central defender can also step in front of the defence as a playmaker
The central defender
can occasionally step
out from defence to
create an overload
situation in midfield

The two centre midfielders must rotate who attacks and who stays to defend

One centre midfielder #6


is able to go and join the
attack

However, the other


midfielder #8 must hold a
disciplined defensive position

Playing into the forwards to flick on or hold up can be very effective

The longer pass into the


forward must be played
with quality and not just
punted forward

Holding and setting back to


the number 10 can create a
3v2 situation with the two
forwards against the two
central defenders

The forward not


receiving must now
look to run behind for
any flick-ons or 3rd
man runs

The number 10 can rotate with the two forwards to disrupt the defence

The two forwards coming


deeper and the #10 going
higher will disrupt the
defenders and create
confusion

When defending, the two wing backs can drop back to make a back five

The two wings backs drop


deep and closer to the
three central defenders to
make a five man defence

The central defender can drop back as a sweeper with the other two marking

The central defender


can drop back in a
sweeper position
behind the two
marking defenders

The two outside


centre backs can
now go tight to
the opposing
centre forwards

The forwards start narrow and force the opponents down the line

The marking centre backs must


defend channel side

The team squeeze over to


outnumber on this side of
the pitch

The forwards start outside and force the defenders down the middle

The 6 & 8 block


passes into the
forwards

The number 10 blocks


passes into midfield

FORMATION OVERVIEW
GK-3-5-2

ROTATING THE SHAPE

The number 10 can push forward and the 9 & 11


wide to make a GK-3-4-3 formation

GK-4-4-2 Diamond
The number 7 & 5 can drop back into defence
and the number 3 can step forward in front of
the defence to make a 442 diamond formation
STRENGTHS

Three solid centre backs

Lots of players in midfield

Two natural centre forwards


CONCERNS

Centre backs can be pulled into wide areas to


defend 1v1

High work rate for the two wing backs

GK-5-3-2
Both the 7 & 5 drop back to make a defensive
GK-5-3-2 formation

The above rotations should happen naturally in


the game due to player movement

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