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This Two-Book Set Gives a Step By Step Coaching Guide on How to Train Your Team to Play the Aggressive, Free flowing 4-3-3  Formation, both in Defense and Attack

Wow! If you want to know how to coach the 4-3-3, look no further. The Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 coaching series provides you with everything you need to know about the styles of playing, philosophy and training methods for playing the 4-3-3 formation. From creating a shifting back line through to swamping the opponent’s defense, everything is covered to provide you with a comprehensive 4-3-3 coaching program.

Dear Coach,

The 4-3-3 is one of the most popular formations in soccer today, utilized by teams like Holland, Chelsea and Inter Milan to devastating effect. Its flexibility and attacking philosophy makes it a tantalizing option for coaches wishing to increase their scoring opportunities and to entertain the fans. However, players can easily get confused on their unique roles and responsibilities in this formation when they are used to playing a traditional 4-4-2. Without proper training on how to play the 4-3-3, this can lead to major problems on game day.

To aid coaches to train their teams in the 4-3-3, author Tony Englund has created a series of books which explain in exhaustive detail exactly how to train and utilize the 4-3-3 like the world’s great attacking sides.

These two books in the Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 series are packed with training exercises, detailed explanations and tactical insights. Literally everything you need to know about the 4-3-3 is covered, providing you with a complete training program on one of the soccer world’s most exciting, free flowing formations.

“These books provide coaches of all levels with insight and practice sessions they will definitely use over and over again. By providing real-life examples of the system at work, the author has given the book an added dimension over the regular “how to” instructional books. He has given the novice coach something to visualize and relate to, and the experienced coach the subtle nuances that will make or break the 4-3-3 system. I found it to be very detailed both tactically and technically. A well thought out guide with the practice sessions providing a thorough training experience for any level team. I will be recommending this book to all my coaches.” –  Chris Haggerty: Director of Coaching, Lakes United FC.

“A comprehensive program for training your team to play the 4-3-3”

There are other books available on the 4-3-3, but few, if any, offer the comprehensive range of 4-3-3 focused training drills you’ll find in this series. In addition, few books offer training exercises in a progressive format that enable you to gradually increase the challenge for your players as their confidence and understanding of the 4-3-3 improves.

The focus of the training exercises in Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 starts with training players individually, then training them to work as a unit before training as an entire team in 11v11 scenarios. This approach ensures players develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of their position gradually before putting them to the test in 11v11 game mini games.

As well as progressive, Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 is comprehensive in the array of drills and exercises for playing the 4-3-3 formation. This enables you to make training sessions more enjoyable, motivating and challenging for players, and ensures your team is better equipped to harness the 4-3-3 to devastating effect on game day.

“These are the most in-depth books regarding the 4-3-3 formation you will find anywhere”

The author of Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3, Tony Englund, has extensive soccer coaching experience, holding 14 coaching certifications, including the NSCAA Premier, Director of Coaching Diploma, Advanced National Diploma and an International Coaches’ Association Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer License.

During a fifteen year playing career, Tony played goalkeeper on high-level youth and adult club teams, helping his high school team to a conference title and a number one ranking. Englund’s club teams have earned five state championships and compiled more than 350 wins and fifty tournament and league championships.  Two of his teams have earned top twenty regional rankings and one earned a national top fifty ranking.

Between 1996 and 2003, Englund served as head coach at Hill-Murray Girls High School. During the 2001 regular season the team earned a record of 18-0-0, making them the only unbeaten team in school history.  That year, Englund was named Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Tony Englund is currently the Assistant Director of Coaching at St. Croix Soccer Club and a lead presenter at the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s Winter Symposium in 2009, 2011, and 2012.  He was also a presenter for the Minnesota State High School Soccer Association’s Fall Clinic in 2011.high-level coaching symposiums.  Englund is also the author of one of our best-selling books, FC Barcelona.


What’s covered in Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3

One book focuses on defense and the other on attack when deploying the 4-3-3 formation. When combined you get the ultimate guide to coaching the popular attacking formation. Both are loaded with detailed diagrams and exercises for giving your players a complete training program on how to play the 4-3-3.

Both books include an analysis of how Holland utilized the 4-3-3 to successfully reach the final of the 2010 World Cup; a detailed look at the roles and responsibilities of each position and the formation’s strengths and challenges.

The defense focused book features 21 defensive training sessions, more than 90 diagrams and detailed coaching points for every exercise.

Defending book includes:

  • Exercises for training the outside backs to get forward and contribute to attacks while shutting out threats.
  • Defensive drills for protecting the space between the goalkeeper and backline while remaining tight with the midfield
  • Players attacking a 4-3-3 will often target the space on the flanks for sending in crosses. The book includes drills to show you how to defend against crosses and how to use the offside trap to disrupt the opponent’s rhythm
  • How to train the triangle midfield to cope with outside midfielders and so they understand the high fitness demands and tactical challenges of their position
  • Drills to impress upon the forwards the importance of early defending as a group, and how to transition from attack with coordination and urgency
  • Full team training drills to put into practice the skills learned in earlier chapters into game like situations

Author, Tony Englund conducting a session at a symposium

The offense focused book is packed with 26 attacking sessions and 125 diagrams. The training sessions cover each section of the formation individually before bringing everything together into small sided games at the end.

Attacking book includes:

  • Drills for linking possession from the back to the midfield and to the forwards for immediate counter attacks
  • Exercises for developing cooperation between the central players and to develop the shape of the midfield triangle
  • Technical and tactical drills for building the speed of play, which is a crucial element in order for the midfield to control the game
  • Flank attack drills in which you can sharpen basic movement and train players in overlapping from the back, with numerous support and interchange options
  • Training sessions for central attackers to get the ball behind the defense, which includes drills by West Ham United staff coach Tony Carr
  • Finishing drills you can plug into the last 10 minutes, which require limited setup while providing an efficient, functional finishing environment

What you will gain from Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3

The two books in the series are loaded with detailed diagrams, explanations and coaching points on how to train players in the 4-3-3 formation.  The drills are also organized in a progressive manner so that players can develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities through individual drills before being given more challenging drills that place them in game like situations. This approach ensures they can gain confidence in how to play the 4-3-3 formation and are better prepared for game day.

From the two books in Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of the 4-3-3 formation, including its philosophy, tactics and coaching ideas
  • A combined total of 47 training sessions, 215 detailed diagrams and coaching tips for every drill
  • A complete training program for coaching your team on how to play the 4-3-3 effectively
  • You will save the time of trying to combine drills from other coaching guides to assemble a comprehensive 4-3-3 coaching plan
  • Your players will love the variety of drills and the challenge of working through them progressively
  • You can improve your players’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities for every position in the 4-3-3
  • Your team will be more tactically adept and will know how to counter the opponent’s attacks on the flanks, how to get the ball behind the back line and more utilizing the unique advantages of the 4-3-3
  • Being able to play the 4-3-3 more effectively will mean more goal scoring opportunities and points on the league table


There are plenty of drills for coaching players in technical skills, but few coaching guides show you how to develop the mindset and understanding on how to use these technical skills in the 4-3-3 formation. When the two books are combined, Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 provides arguably the most comprehensive guide to coaching the 4-3-3 available. It provides you with everything you need to know in order to harness the formation’s attacking, free flowing style to devastating effect.

“These books are a great addition to any coach’s library. Tony Englund’s analysis of recent international teams gives a great picture of what the 4-3-3 system looks like at the top level of the game.  Providing a full season of practices for each side of the game gives a coaching staff the tools needed to implement this style with their team. The level of detail in the sessions and coaching points offered both remind the session leader what to emphasize in practice and will allow me use the coaching points I’ve identified with my team to help break down what our problem areas might be within our system of play.” – Katy Stigers, head women’s soccer coach, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

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“These are outstanding books and a must read for coaches of all levels”

Popularized by Holland in the 1974 World Cup, the 4-3-3 has grown to become arguably the most popular attacking formation in modern soccer. This means that even if you prefer to play the 4-4-2 or any other formation, you will have to face a team playing 4-3-3 at some point.

This is why these books are a valuable addition to your coaching library. From the two books in the Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 series you will gain an in-depth understanding of the formation and how it can give you a tactical advantage. Its comprehensive program of drills will enable you to coach your players on how the unique responsibilities of each position and give them the tactical edge on match day.

From the formation’s philosophy to its tactics to training drills, everything is covered. Whether you coach recreational sides or those playing at the highest level, Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 provides you with everything you need so you can utilize the 4-3-3 to dominate opponents and to score more goals through attacking, free flowing soccer.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 is a series of two books which show in-depth how to defend and attack with the 4-3-3 formation. Packed with detailed diagrams, formation analysis and training drills, when combined these books provide you with everything you need to know about how to progressively train your team in the most popular attacking formation in modern soccer.

P.P.S If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Player’s Roles and Responsibilities in the 4-3-3 after six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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