Running the 4-3-3

Notably called the Dutch system, teams in the Netherlands favor this formation in their teams and their personnel.

It’s widely used in football, and can be set up in different ways that fit many playing styles. It’s an attacking formation, favoring counter attacks, and triple threat play from attack to midfield.

There are five forms of the 4-3-3, all with a common theme of moving one player’s position changes completely how you run the formation.

4-3-3 Flat

The root formation, it’s where the other four build off of. The team lines up with three attackers up front, the striker down the middle with two attacking wingers on the flanks. In midfield, a trio of central midfielders operate side by side. The back four is the basic lineup  of two full backs and two centre backs.

4-3-3 Attack

This formation continues the tradition three-man attack up front. It’s in the midfield where this formation changes. Forming a triangle, two central midfielders work side by side at the base of the triangle. At the tip, positioned behind the striker is the center attacking midfielder. The back four remain the same. The action takes place mostly in midfield as the triangle works to feed the ball to the attacking forwards from all points in midfield. The two base midfielders work the ball either wide to the attacking wingers or to the attacking midfielder ahead. The attacking midfielder works best in a free roaming role, as it facilitates easier and decisive passes to the attack or even joining the attack should the ball be fed to them.

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4-3-3 Holding

Continuing the front three attack and back four defense, the midfield changes again in player placement. Taking a 4-3-3 Flat, the direct centered midfielder drops just behind the flanking midfielders. His position becomes a central defensive midfielder, or holding midfielder. This player serves as a first line of defense for the back four being charged to aggressively pursue the ball, stay behind on the attack if necessary and stay outside the box if necessary.

4-3-3 Defend

Traditional setup, but a shift in the three midfielders. Setting up in a triangle folding down, a central midfielder serves at the top, with the other two midfielders flanking below him left and right to form the base of the triangle. The defensive midfielders serve as extra protection for the back four and can feed the ball to the central midfielder ahead.

4-3-3 False 9

The formation is likened to the 4-3-3 holding formation, the only change is the striker position. The attacker drops into a false 9 role, which in title central forward is serving as an end of attack player. The two wingers can make forward runs together working to cut inside and make an attempt at the goal. Where the central forward comes in is as a means of making the keeper deal with a third attack late or sudden. The two wingers can feed quick passes to the central forward where he can make more decisive and high percentage attempts on goal.

These various 4-3-3 formations are used widely in soccer, with the benefit being the ability to shift from one form to another.

Dillon Davis-Tirado covers soccer for MFST. Follow him @thedavistirado and the page for more coverage!

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