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The idea for this book quite frankly came from feedback we received from our website, www.soccerpracticebooks.com. Coaches sent us e-mails asking questions as basic as: “ I have never coached full field; how do I line up my team?” or “I am playing a 3-5-2 and am concerned about my defense; any advice?”

So we did some research in the libraries and on the web to see why coaches were coming to us with these questions.

What we found was astonishing. There were either very in-depth resources such as entire books or videos on one system, such as a 4-4-2, or videos and books on zonal play. At the other end, we found very superficial information on systems of play.

What was missing was a single source of information that covered current systems of play and gave some basic information about them.

Nor was there much information for coaches on what the team requirements are, what the coaching requirements are and how to adapt strategies based on game situations and the opponents.

So we set out to defne the most common systems of play for full field soccer (11v11), and small-sided soccer (indoor 6v6 and outdoor 8v8).

Each system and its variations are explained on a single page and a second page shows the basic line up, typical defensive, transitional and attacking situations, including positions and development of plays.

This book is not meant to treat each system in great depth. Rather it is designed to give the coach a tool firstly to decide which system to pick for the team and then provide enough information to get started and adapt.

The practices and drills in our Print & Go Practice Books available at www.soccerpracticebooks.com are adaptable to practice for any system.

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