The players role in the 5-3-2 formation

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All you want is to concede as little as possible in your next game. Not the bravest of choices or the most entertaining playing style. But what the hell if it gets you results you go for it.

The ultra defensive 5-3-2 soccer formation is made for keeping the ball out of your goalposts. Usually used when playing against prime Barcelona or Brazil.

Supper demanding tactic but guarantees a minimum of protection against the opponents. Every players prime vocation is defending its goalkeeper and we will run you through what are the roles of every one on the pitch when using the 5-3-2 soccer formation.

But before you get to that you should head first to the first article of the 5-3-2 formation the introduction to 5-3-2 soccer formation to grasp the essentials you need to follow with this piece ( don’t worry it is not rocket science).

Defenders responsibilities in the 5-3-2 soccer formation

With that many players back should be a solid almost impenetrable line that Keeps the attacking side from generating any offence deep in their third by Protecting the middle of the park.

Center Backs have to Disrupt the flow of the attacking side and should be able to organize and collect team shape to keep it a compact block.

While some teams playing in a 5-3-2 formation only require the centre-backs to sit back and defend, other managers have a more positive outlook and encourage their players to get forward if possible. In a 3-5-2, there is more emphasis on the centre-backs to be good on the ball and keep possession. 

They also need to be more athletic and quick as they have to cover all the space behind the wing-backs who have pushed up-field. This then puts greater pressure on them to not give away any fouls or get caught out at the back.

For a team with lots of great centre-backs, the 5-3-2 formation is a great option as you can fit more of them into your line-up.It’s also well worth trying out if you’re conceding lots of goals and aren’t sure how to shore up the defence.

When defending, the fullbacks line up either side of the centre-backs and protect their flank.

 They’re expected to not only prevent the opposition’s winger from getting in behind them but also from getting any crosses into the box.Therefore, they need to have great timing, know when to tackle the winger and when to stand off, and wait for support to arrive.

Theirs is a thankless task as they may often be outnumbered unless a centre-back or central midfielder comes across to help them out.

In possession, the fullback should push wide and help create passing angles and lines for the centre-backs and central midfielders.This means that they should have good ball skills and passing abilities. 

While some managers will simply ask the fullback to stay back and protect their side of the defence, others will ask them to bomb forward and make the formation into a 3-5-2.They need to have extraordinary fitness levels to get up and down their side of the pitch. 

In the final third of the pitch, they need to combine well with the midfielders, make runs into space, and try and get crosses into the box if possible.Their movement helps create space for the players in the centre and the passing angle they create helps the team to retain possession.


The midfielders responsibilities in the 5-3-2 soccer formation

With these three shielding and sitting in front of the defence, the formation becomes very hard to break down as the opposition has very little time and space in which to operate in front of the box.

While the centre of the park should almost be impenetrable, providing of course that they do their job correctly, the wings can be exploited by the opposition if the team isn’t careful.This means that one of the central midfielders on each side needs to constantly drop out wide and support the fullback in defending their flank.

Consequently, the midfielders should have great stamina as they need to put pressure on and harry the opposition in front of the box and out wide. 

Many managers select a box-to-box midfielder alongside the holding midfielder with a more attack-minded, creative player completing the trio.This strikes a good balance between being a defensive and more attacking formation.

As the formation is quite defensive in set up, they need to refrain from dropping too deep and the two more attack-minded midfielders should get up in support of the strikers as much as possible. The more creative of the two should aim to create lots of goalscoring opportunities while also weighing in with goals themselves.

The 5-3-2 is a great formation to choose if you have a wealth of excellent midfielders and don’t want to sacrifice a striker up front.It may also be well worth trying out if you don’t have any brilliant wingers out wide.

The strikers responsibilities in the 5-3-2 soccer formation

The strikers have all the freedom in the world in the final third and we this freedom they are more likely to drift out of position to combine with midfielders or wing-backs or just to create space from players coming from behind for the support.

They need to have great finishing skills and be able to strike and head the ball powerfully and accurately.Between them, these two players should have a wide array of different abilities and skill-sets.

For instance, while one of the two often acts as the team’s main outlet and makes darting runs in behind the opposition’s defence, the other is often more creative and drops off into space to link the attack to the midfield.

Evidently, they need to be able to link up well and make sure that the ball sticks to them whether it’s played into their feet or chest.They can then hold it up and wait for the rest of the team to advance up the pitch.This is particularly important when the team is camped in their own half and is looking to play a long ball to relieve the pressure on the defence.

When the team does push up into a 3-5-2 formation, the strikers then have more opportunities to get on the end of crosses into the box.Here they need to be brave and have impeccable timing to judge the flight of the ball correctly. 

In addition to this, the two strikers in the team need to have great technique and ball skills, be able to do deft one-touch passes, and ideally know how to dribble as well. 

With so many strings to their bow, the two strikers actually give the formation a lot more attacking options and flexibility than appears at a first glance.


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