Coaching the 4-3-3
Although the 3-5-2 and 3-4-3 might be the formations currently in vogue the 4-3-3 is still employed at times by many of the worlds top teams including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. It is beloved of coaches because of the numerous natural triangles and diamonds that it creates. For this reason many consider it to be the optimal formation for youth development. The passing patterns it creates can be seen below.
In the main part of this session Laura Harvey offers some guidance as to how coaches might think about coaching the 4-3-3 from a tactical perspective. Laura is one of the finest coaches in the game today. She was recently featured in this article form the BBC. The session is filled with great ideas and detail and we highly recommend watching. The session was filmed without a warmup or final game. You can find a selection of warm ups on our YouTube channel or use any one you like.
A warm up like this one from Damian Roden could be used as could a general dynamic/neuromuscular warm up. Damian is one of the top fitness coaches in the professional game. Prior to his current position at Stoke City he was head of Sports Science at Manchester and Blackburn among others as well as being the fitness coach for the Welsh National Team. This is a great warm up from a top coach.
Main Part Of The Session
- End the session with a free game
Laura Harvey is currently head coach for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. She previously coached Arsenal L.F.C. and Birmingham City L.F.C. and served as assistant coach for the England women’s national football team at the U-17, U-19 and U-23 levels. Harvey was named FAWSL Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding Arsenal to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup. She was named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Laura was formerly a professional player.