Attacking and Defending Out of the 4-2-3-1

  • Learn to overload opposing defenses by attacking with your defensive backs
  • Cut the field in half defensively to cover less space
  • Create numerical advantages in areas of the pitch where your opponent is most vulnerable
  • Adjust the 4-2-3-1 to work effectively against different systems
with Alan Kirkup, University of Florida Assistant Coach,
former player for Manchester United FC; over 27 years coaching experience including 18 years as a head coach at the collegiate level (over 200 wins)The 4-2-3-1 formation has become wildly popular after the powerhouse Spanish and German National Teams used it to dominate their competition throughout the 2010 World Cup. Alan Kirkup expertly combines lecture, diagramming, practice and competition footage to help you successfully implement the 4-2-3-1 system.

Once you learn the tactical nature of the 4-2-3-1, Coach Kirkup will show you the process of coaching the formation starting with position-by-position technical development, building up to small-sided games, and ultimately full-field competition. Key coaching points include:

  • building the attack through the back of the defense
  • creating 2 v 1 situations on the attack
  • making play unpredictable in the attacking third of the pitch
  • creating an understanding of the 4-2-3-1 by coaching it in a progressive method

Once all the steps of building your system are shown, a series of demanding, competitive training games are presented in-depth so that you can make the 4-2-3-1 work for you.In addition to all the excellent coaching tips provided for you, this DVD concludes with a special segment designed to show you how to use the 4-2-3-1 to take advantage of special situations. Learn how to best use the 4-2-3-1 to win when defending a 1-0 lead or having to score when down a goal with ten minutes left.

Knowing how a system works is one thing, but coaching it to your players in a way they can understand is another. Coach Kirkup provides you with all the essential tools you will need to use this system to its fullest potential.