This website does readability filtering of other pages. All styles, scripts, forms and ads are stripped. If you want your website excluded or have other feedback, use this form.

BBC SPORT | Football | Laws & Equipment | Formation: what's in a formation?



[an error occurred while processing this directive] Low graphics|Help Sport Homepage Football Live Videprinter Results Fixtures Tables My Club --------------- Gossip Premier League Championship League One League Two Non League FA Cup League Cup Scottish Premier Scottish League Scottish Cups Welsh Irish Europe African Women Football Focus Match of the Day Final Score World Football Skills Laws & Equipment Get Involved Your Game --------------- Five Live>> --------------- Daily E-mail Mobiles Fun and Games Question of Sport RELATED BBC SITES E-mail this to a friend Printable version Formations guide


Sven explains his thoughts on formations to Mr Hargreaves

Football is all about scoring and stopping goals.

But there are many different tactics that can be used in pursuit of these aims - and that's where the manager earns his crust.

It might be better to play more defensively to hold on to a lead.

Or, if the team is losing, a more attacking set-up that allows the players to push further forward may be required.

To alter the way the team is playing requires a change to the structure.

Traditionally, teams play in a 4-4-2 formation - that is four defenders, four midfielders and two strikers.

But, as the game has progressed and developed, managers and players have experimented with many variations of team formations.

Adaptability is the key and the best managers can change formations as the game progresses.

Check out our guide to some of the more basic formations using the tabs at the top of the page.



Match of the Day - Post-match interviews

RELATED BBC LINKS: Your say - 606
RELATED INTERNET LINKS: FIFA FA The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us