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The 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 formation

This formation is becoming a popular system in the professional game, especially when playing away from home, as it provides a very compact midfield that is hard to break down and, at the same time, is a great system to counter-attack with.

You will often find teams at grassroots level adopting this system, but for very different reasons. Due to the nature of football at grassroots level you will find the ball going long a lot of the time with the midfield less involved, so the three forwards prove useful when looking to pressure and challenge the back four with a solid three in midfield looking for the second ball.

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