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System of Play Position Numbers and Player Profiles

System of Play 1-4-3-3
U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back

Goalkeeper

Playing System 1-4-3-3
3 Forwards
3 Midfielders
4 Backs 1 Goalkeeper

System of Play 1-4-3-3
U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder

Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Right Outside Back

Center Back Center Back

Goalkeeper

POSITION PROFILE

TECHNICAL.
TACTICAL

PHYSICAL
MENTAL

Position-Specific Profiles

Position Profile: Goalkeeper

U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#1 GOALKEEPER

+ Collecting, handling & serving with hands & feet. + Receiving aerial service (all angles, distances) + Tackle, regain possession one v one
+ Command, direct team during re-starts + Organize, direct team actions in own half + Transition to attack- possess or penetrate
+ Power, acceleration and explosive movement + Aerial mobility maximize height and reach + Maximal Speed of Reaction
+ Alert and focused, constant assessment of play + Lead- confident, decisive mentality + Resilient- re-focus on targets, objectives

Position Profile: Outside Backs

U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#2, 3 OUTSIDE BACKS

+ Collecting the ball efficiently, serve, run fwd. + Full passing range, crosses from flank channel + Tackle, intercept, regain possession of ball
+ Recognize, execute penetration on flanks + Organize and direct #7, #11 in defending role + Central channel balance, cover for #4, #5
+ Speed endurance- repeated explosive runs + Acceleration- change speed response to ball + Endurance, box-box range for the full match
+ Confident competitor in one-one isolation + Confident in attacking and defending roles + Alert, immediate response in transition

Position Profile: Center Backs

U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#4, 5 CENTER BACKS

+ Marking, tracking, intercepting and tackling + Heading, 1-touch passing on aerial serves + Passing to penetrate (all service types)
+ Decide, execute- mark opponent or mark space + Build-out, possession, tempo in central channel + Organize, direct outside backs and c. midfielders
+ Aerial- max. use of height, explosive movement + Rx Speed- adjust to ball, opponent movement + Agility- change direction in response to cues
+ Decisive leader- command and direct teammates + Control and composure under pressure + Focus- assess and prepare when ball is away

Position Profile: Center Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#6, 8 CENTER MIDFIELDER

+ Marking, tracking, intercepting and tackling + Collect, turn, re-direct to all regions of field (360) + Passing to penetrate (all service types)
+ Primary option for build out and possession + Defensive control centrally in front of backs + Penetrate- movement, passing or running w/ ball
+ Mobility- multi-directional, box-box, centrally + Speed endurance- intermittent, intense actions + Explosive movement- max. acceleration
+ Energized- maximal effort to connect the team + Game Awareness- control tempo & speed of play + Self-less- effort to connect all parts of the team

Position Profile: Attacking Center Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#10 ATTACK C. MIDFIELDER

+ Collect and turn under pressure. + Passing- penetration and goal-scoring chances + Dribbling or striking to score goals.
+ Mobility- create separation from opponent + Create scoring opportunities for teammates + Transition- join 1st line of defending pressure
+ Explosive movement- separation from opponent + Acceleration- change direction or change speed + Strength-shoot from distance, challenge for ball
+ 360 degree awareness- mental focus + Ambitious attacking mentality + Perception- focus on multiple, complex cues

Position Profile: Wingers
U.S. Soccer Position Names and Numbering System

Left Winger

Center Forward

Right Winger

Attacking Center Midfielder
Center Midfielder
Defensive Center Midfielder

Left Outside Back

Center Back

Right Outside Back
Center Back

Goalkeeper

#7, 11 WINGERS

+ Flank service at high pace w/ either foot + Running with the ball, high pace (penetration) + Ball preparation, dribbling and ball manipulation
+ Transition- react, recover as 1st flank defender + Mobility to create team crossing opportunities + Mobility, timing of runs for central goal scoring
+ Speed endurance, high pace, frequent transition + Acceleration- with and without the ball + Agility- efficiency in changing direction
+ Ambitious penetrating attitude + Patience- prepared to max opportunities w/ ball + Focus- constant attention to game cues w/o ball

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