4-4-2 Soccer Formation

This adaptable soccer formation is the most common in football today, so well known that it has even inspired a magazine title, FourFourTwo.

The midfielders are required to work hard to support both the defense and the attack: one of the central midfielders is expected to go up field as often as possible to support the forward pair, while the other will play a "holding role", shielding the defense; the two wide midfield players must move up the flanks to the goal line in attacks and yet also protect the fullback wide defenders. It is a very popular soccer formation in Britain especially where it is sometimes called a 'flat-back 4'.

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442Coaching the 4-4-2 soccer formation

This simple and easy to follow video shows how to play the 4-4-2 in football. The video simply shows how football (soccer) players are to play the 4-4-2 based on the location of the ball.