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When Creative Attacking Players Switch Positions
In Futsal and Soccer attacking players who play in static assigned positions make it easy for their opponents who must only defend the same players in the same positions for an entire game. In a static 3-1 in Futsal each player plays the same position (attacker, center defender, left defender or right defender) for an entire game. See top far left square below.
When 2, 3 and 4 players change positions their opponents must defend up to 24 different attacking combinations in a single game. In a game when a team changes to a Futsal 3-2 system and the goalkeeper also joins the attack exchanging positions with teammates the opponents must defend up to 120 different attacking combinations in a single game.
Exchanging positions forces your defending opponents to make decisions they do not have to make when playing a team playing a static Futsal 3-1 system with no player exchanges or rotations. The more decisions your opponents must make the more likely they will make an error creating attacking space for your team and better chances to score goals.
Movements of players between two or more positions includes rotations, overlapping runs, takeovers, blindside runs, checking runs and dogleg runs that force opponents to make decisions often create attacking spaces and the opportunity to score. A mental error by just one defender enables the attacking team to create space and opportunities to score.
The 4-6 System of Play in Professional Soccer
In the 4-6 System in 11-a-side soccer there are 4 defenders and a total of 6 midfielders and strikers who freely exchange positions with each other when attacking. So instead of defending against the same attacking players in the same positions for an entire game an 11-a-side soccer team's opponents must defend against up to 120 different attacking combinations in a single game if no more than 5 of the attacking players randomly exchange positions. If all 6 of the attacking players randomly exchange positions the number of possible combinations increases to 720 possible attacking combinations.
Learning Creative Player Exchanges in Soccer
Players as young as 7 and 8 can start to learn to exchange positions and play creativity in both Soccer and Futsal. The following modules help players learn creative play:
Futsal 3-1 - 24 Player Exchanges