Wide Attacking Rotations in a 4-3-3

Updated: Aug 28

When playing with a possession based system, opening up key spaces against a compact defensive block can be challenging. This is a short video example of a way that a team can manipulate the defensive shape of the opponents and open up valuable space and overloads in other areas of the pitch. The rotation is centered around three positions: wide forward, attacking midfielder, and full-back.... but it is very important to note that it requires the positioning and movement of the entire team in order to work effectively. We use the clip from USWNT to show how precise the movements must be, as well as how quickly the ball must move in order to take advantage of the opportunities created.


In the breakdown I will show exactly the process I use for the video analysis with a team. If you are interested in looking at software for your team, Keyframe is an innovative and highly affordable resource in this area that I would strongly recommend for coaches. You can check them out here.



Again, if you are a coach who is looking for tactical analysis software, I highly recommend KeyFrame. They are one of the most efficient, effective and affordable solutions for coaches looking to build graphics and animations alongside their analysis work and are perfect for player meetings and remote learning. You can find out more about them here.


This article was written by Gary Curneen. If you enjoy the ideas and are looking for more on session design and breakdowns, please check out the Modern Soccer Coach books here.



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