When it comes to winning the ball back attackers, who are mainly there to score goals, are as central to the plan as any defensive player on the pitch. It is their job to win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible, gaining possession in dangerous areas where the opposition are most vulnerable. MORE
How teams work up from 5v5 to 11v11
The diagrams below show how soccer formations progress from 5v5 through to 11v11 (each time new players are added they are shown as a different colour, to avoid confusion).
This is how it works in Europe and it works in a similar manner in the rest of the world, too.
The yellows can play deeper or higher up the pitch to defend and attack from 7v7 upwards.
The attack can change to 1, 2 or 3 attackers at 9v9 and 11v11.
Notice the diamond shapes throughout each formation offering support right up the pitch.
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