Soccer 5-4-1 Formation

What is 5-4-1 formation in soccer?

A 5-4-1 formation is a shape in soccer with five backs, four midfielders and one striker. This is a formation that relies quite a bit on the five defenders.

Advantages of 5-4-1 Formations

With five defenders protecting the goal, it is very challenging for a ball to get passed them. Coaches with very strong defenders should consider this formation because it is unlikely that the other team will pose a threat against a five player defense- not to mention the pressure put on by the midfielders when they're playing defense, too.

Disadvantages of 5-4-1 Formations

Like many of the other formations with a heavy defensive line, and especially a heavy midfield line, these players can often get pushed back so far that they play minimal roles in aiding the offense.

So while your defenders may be doing an excellent job of protecting goals from being score, your team is most likely not going to have a lot of offensive players in scoring positions because they are all pushed back on defense. This formation could be a challenge for getting some goals for your team.


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