5-3-2 Soccer Formation

This formation has three central defenders (possibly with one acting as a sweeper.) This system is heavily reliant on the wing-backs providing width for the team. The two wide full-backs act as wing-backs.

It is their job to work their flank along the full length of the pitch, supporting both the defense and the attack.

Teams that used this formation

* Germany adopted this formation between 1990 and 1994, winning the 1990 World Cup

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343The strengths and weaknesses of the 5 3 2 Soccer Formation

The 5-3-2 formation is a defensively oriented formation, that can be used with a sweeper or with a flat line of 5 defenders. The 5-3-2 puts pressure on the full backs to support the attack and provide width.