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3-4-3

3-4-3 is probably the most offensively concerned start-up formation. It is used against teams that are expected to play defensively, or in cases when several goals are needed, for whatever reason. The positions are basically the same as in other start-ups. The only difference might be that the outside forwards needs to make runs to the corners, since the outside midfielders are rather busy with defensive jobs.

Sweeper (SW): The sweeper should have a good understanding of the game and be a leader on the field. He controls the defence, always staying behind the fullbacks.
Left/Right Backs (LB/RB): Mark the opponent's forwards. These players have to be dependable and willing to give up any kind of offensive play.


Left/Right Defenders (LD/RD): They mark the opponent's forwards. In the flat back version, or in more advanced teams these players are used to carry the ball up the outside with the midfielders, allowing more effective crossing.


Left/Right Midfielders (LM/RM): They are in charge for the crosses in the offence, and they usually carry the ball up the field, since they have more room than the central midfielders. This time, the defence should be the more important of the tasks.
Left/Right Central midfielders (LC/RC): Distribute the ball among the offenders and try to stop or slow down opposing plays before they get to the defensive line. Good passing, and ball handling skills are needed to fill this position.


Forwards (F1/F2/F3): Runs to the corners are the primary weapons of forwards. The center forward and the opposite forward should break inside to receive the cross.

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