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Coaching in a 4-3-3 Presentation

Recently I built a Keynote presentation that focuses on aspects within playing in a 4-3-3. Keynote is somewhat similar to Powerpoint, but the significant difference for me is that Keynote allows images and texts to move on the screen on your command, which is very useful when trying to diagram player's movements on the field. I then converted this presentation into a YouTube Video for the sake of making it viewable for all. Keynote program is only available for Mac users unfortunately.

The presentation starts off with highlighting the main responsibilities for each player within this system. Each coach would probably vary here but I reflected upon what I personally want to see from my players. These include both offense and defensive roles. Next I looked at how hypothetically a 4-3-3 can defend in a high-press to prevent the opposition from building successfully. Within this hypothetical situation, I mention some key points to analyze and coach. I do not go into other ways of defending in a 4-3-3 which could be defending in a medium block, defending in a low block, or setting pressing traps and others. This would be another area that would require much further analysis. Lastly I look at different hypothetical situations in each attacking phase as well. Again, I mention coaching points but for each team and for each style of play the points vary greatly.

Table of Content:

1.) Roles and Responsibilities by Positions

2.) Defending as a Team in a High-Press

3.) Stages of Attack


-Possession / Circulation


Hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave constructive feedback either on this post or on the YouTube video itself.


I am a youth and college soccer coach who is passionate about making coaching my career and helping assist players in their development. I am always trying to learn from the game and always willing to share with others the insights I have made from the game. If you have coaching tips or materials you would like to share, just contact me.

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