Tactical Analysis

Russell Taylor

Head Coach

Welcome to Tactical Analysis. This section is specifically for team players and coaches to access away from the court.

The home learning will be split into different sections:
- 4-0
- 3-1
- 2-2
- Attack/Defence Transitions
- Defence/Attack Transitions
- Fly Goalkeeper
- Set Plays

We expect our older players to know and understand set plays and tactics. Younger players we will introduce it over time.

Our Philosophy

Our aim is to have a playing philosophy that will be present throughout our youth teams and all the way to our adult team that we are looking to create later this year.

Although our tactics may change, our ethos will remain the same.

We want all our teams to play at a high intensity. We want our players to enjoy having possession of the ball. We want our players to be creative. We want to play an attractive style of the game. We want to create teams that work hard for each other. We want to have an identity. We want teams to say, that’s how Futsal Escocia play.

4-0 Formation

The 4-0 formation is the formation we would like all our older teams to play. It is the most complexed formation but also the most difficult to play against. To play a 4-0 you are required to have good game intelligence, game awareness, be fit and to play at a high intensity. The videos below show examples of how to play a 4-0 both defensively and offensively, and how it can interchange from other formations.

4-0 Defensive System

4-0 Offensive System

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3-1 Formation

The 3-1 formation is a progression from the 2-2 formation and a step closer to a 4-0. The 1 is similar to a striker in football and is called the “pivot”. He or she plays high up the court and often with their back to goal trying to create goal scoring chances for themselves or to link with teammates. A 3-1 can easily transfer into a 4-0 or 2-2 with specific movements from the pivot or wingers. The videos below show examples of how to play a 3-1 and how it can transfer into other formations.

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2-2 Formation

The 2-2 formation is a formation we start with our youngest age groups, however, can still be utilised to mix it up with our older players. A 2-2 creates width and space in the centre of the court for players to take advantage of. The videos below show examples of how to play a 2-2 and how it can transfer into other formations.

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Defence/Attack Transitions

Transitions are massive in futsal, with a high percentage of goals coming from a transition. Transitions are to be done at pace and to create and overload of players in the attacking half before your opponent can get organised defensively. The risk is that with any overload, if you lose possession, you automatically have an underload and leave yourself vulnerable to losing a goal during a transition. The videos below show examples of defence/attack transitions.

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Attack/Defence Transitions

As above, transitions are vital with a high percentage of goals scored and lost from them. We will look at the safety player and actions of players, including the goalkeeper in defensive transitions. The videos below show examples of attack/defence transitions.

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Fly Goalkeeper

The fly goalkeeper provides your team with an extra outfield player, however, it also means you have nobody protecting the goals. The rules of futsal dictate that the keeper can only touch the ball once in their half in each phase of play, so to utilise the fly goalkeeper properly, we want them in the opponent’s half where they have unlimited touches of the ball. The fly goalkeeper is predominantly used by teams chasing the game and looking for goals to get back into game. The fly goalkeeper can by your normal keeper (like Higuita in the videos) or an outfield player wearing the keepers top. The videos below show examples of use of a fly goalkeeper.

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Set Plays

Similar to football, set plays are really important in futsal from both an attacking and defending point of view. We will cover attacking corners, free kicks and also look at defending them. We will take into account the size of court we are using and age groups. We expect our older players to know the numbers of set pieces and the different options for each one.

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