Play out of the back with a defensive diamond

Defensive Diamond from Dave Clarke's Soccer Tactics Made Simple

The midfielder drops back to create a defensive diamond to play out with four defenders against two attackers

A defensive diamond is created when a team’s midfielder drops back from midfield towards his own goal (also known as dropping deep) to form a diamond shape with his goalkeeper and two centre backs.

This enables the team to play out of defence against a team playing with two forwards.

For this to happen, the team’s full backs must go high and wide, and the midfielders and forwards must go into advanced positions to really exaggerate the space for the players to play out of defence.Defensive Diamond from Dave Clarke's Soccer Tactics Made Simple 1


Dave Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple explains 58 of the game’s tactical concepts in simple, plain language. Read more.





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