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Discover An Innovative New Approach to Training Players in Team Shape, Passing and Movement at Every Level

Finally, it’s here! Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 presents an innovative coaching system that harnesses grids to improve your team’s shape and systems of play. Featuring highly flexible grid based training, it will stop your players huddling for the ball but instead train them to use the full pitch to your advantage.


Dear Coach,

One of the biggest challenges when coaching young players is getting them to stay in position. Time and again, you see them charging for the ball, before huddling around it in a clumsy effort to get a kick. Even senior players can succumb to over enthusiasm, creating huge gaps for the opposition to exploit and break through on goal.

Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 provides a grid based training system that solves this problem. Firstly, it introduces your players to the key principles of keeping team shape before providing a progressive series of drills that improve their understanding of what they need to do, where they need to be and why. The result is that they stay in position and passing, possession and performance all improves.


Keeping team shape can be one of the biggest barriers to success, at any level. After practicing the drills in Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 you can use this to your advantage by creating a team that can pass and move smoothly and slice through disorganized teams that simply charge for the ball.

“The drills in this book harness grids that force players to stay in position and understand why they need to keep team shape”

Improving technique is a vital part of training. But having the most technically adept players on the planet isn’t going to help when your team shape is more brittle than Brazil’s defense against Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 provides an innovative new approach to using grids that forces players to stay in the correct position and able to react to the players around them. This stops them huddling around the ball and engaging in a mindless strategy of ‘kick and run’. Instead, the system breaks this mindset and increases their understanding of how to spread out and make the best use of space.

What’s more, the grids are setup so they relate to positions on the pitch. This enables players to enhance their understanding of spatial awareness for their specific position, which has a beneficial effect on the whole team.


“A book born from a lifelong passion for coaching and developing teams that work for each other in possession and when off the ball”

PearsonCoaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 Formation is born from its author Sean Pearson’s lifelong passion for coaching. He grew up watching his father’s vast collection of Liverpool games from the 1980s onwards, a period during which they were England’s most dominate team. From watching and analyzing their style of play, Pearson developed an appreciation for the benefits of smoothing passing and playing as a team.

Pearson first started coaching at the young age of 16, helping to train his local team. This continued while at Oxford Brookes University, where he helped to train the university side. Upon graduating, Pearson continued to pursue his passion for coaching at Sheffield United’s Academy, coaching junior sides up to the age of 14. During his time at Sheffield United, Pearson was able to observe professional level coaching firsthand and gain his UEFA B License.

Pearson then decided to take his coaching education abroad, moving to the USA in 2009. It was here that Pearson crystallized his specialty in developing systems of play, which could be used by coaches at every level. He also further developed his philosophy in sharing possession and make it easier for each other with lots of movement off the ball, combination plays and penetrating runs into the box.

While in America, Pearson also expanded his coaching qualifications, gaining an NSCAA Premier Diploma and Director of Coaching Diploma. He currently coaches the U20 Men’s team and U15 Boys at the FC Philadelphia, where he is also responsible for staff development.

Pearson is also the author of Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1.


What’s covered in Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1

Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 provides a step by step guide on using grids to improve spatial awareness and team shape. It develops your players’ understanding of when to perform certain moves, why they do them and where on the pitch they need to move the ball.

Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 begins by analysing the fundamental principles of effective team performance. Along with spatial awareness, this includes communication, movement off the ball and how players receive the ball. Pearson then assesses the attributes, strengths and weaknesses of the most popular modern formations before providing a simple practice session that introduces players to keeping team shape.

Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 then provides a more detailed analysis of the 4-2-3-1 and the roles and responsibilities of each position. Harnessing detailed diagrams and clear setup instructions, it explains how to run drills in grids for training spatial awareness in multiple situations and for different positions. To increase the challenge and intensity, all of the drills are supplied with progressions, such as adding passive pressure, adding defenders, recycling the play with repetition, transition play, penetrating passes and making the space progressively larger.

What you will gain from Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 Formation

If you’re struggling to get your players to harness the space around them and your team shape keeps collapsing in scrums for the ball, Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 is the blueprint you need. It gives a step-by-step approach to developing your players’ understanding on where they need to be, what they need to do and why in a variety of game like situations:

From Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 you will gain:

  • A grid based training system for developing better spatial awareness
  • A detailed guide to the strengths and weaknesses of different formations
  • Your players will develop a deeper grasp of the fundamentals of using space
  • Drills that train simple movements up to advanced tactical moves
  • Progressions for added passive and active pressure
  • A guide to recycling the play and using repetition to gain bigger improvements
  • Improvements in spatial awareness, communication, movement off the ball, decision making and receiving the ball
  • Your team will be better at maintaining possession, they’ll be more composed on the ball and more adept at field positioning
  • A strategic guide to the 4-2-3-1 and how to play it effectively


The training system outlined in Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 addresses the challenge of getting young players to be more disciplined in their positions. But players at every level can benefit from its drills that force them to stay in position and maintain possession with smooth, accurate passing moves.

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“Finally your players will be using the full width of the pitch, enabling them to dominate possession and win more games”

It’s a fact – the team with the most possession wins the most games. This is one of the added benefits of Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1. Improving your players’ ability to keep team shape will also improve their ability to keep possession and create more opportunities to score.

Technical training is always important. But the hours spent on ball control, dribbling and passing will only pay off if your players have the spatial awareness to go with them. This is why Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 is a valuable addition to your coaching library, whatever level you play at. It will help your players to develop an inbuilt radar that instinctively tells them where to play the ball so they can use the full size of the pitch to dominate possession and win more games.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 provides a step-by-step training guide for developing a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of keeping team shape. The grid based drills teach players where they need to be, what they need to do and why so that they stay in position and team performance improves as a result.

P.P.S If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Coaching Team Shape in the 4-2-3-1 after six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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