What are the different formations in football?

Over the years, the game of football has been an eye-catching prospect for fans as we see teams in search of glory both at the club and international levels. While the game is about glory, it is worth noting that the genius mind behind the tactical switches determines the flow of the match. Whether it is playing with two strikers or three, or using three defenders or more, the formation of the team plays an important role in deciding the fate of the team. So, what are the different formations in football?

Different formations in Football.
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The traditional formation used by many coaches in the past implies two central defenders and two fullbacks (defenders working on flanks) along with four midfielders. The formation was a big hit in the 1990s when the likes of Germany, Brazil yielded rewards as along with four defenders they had the presence of key attackers and two high-profile strikers.


More famous after the Euro 2012, the 4-2-3-1 formation is an advanced version of the traditional; system but sees two midfielders sitting and defending alongside the central defenders. The formation permits the fullbacks to get into advanced positions while the attacking players contribute with their passing and distribution. The lone striker does get plenty of help from the No.10 role played by one of the attacking midfielders who sits in between, like Lionel Messi in his Barcelona days and Luka Modric for Real Madrid.


One of the most recently successful formations, the 4-3-3 is an attacking advance formation from the traditional 4-4-2. The formation yielded success for Barcelona during their triumph in the 2011 and 2015 Champions League and La Liga success. Even Real Madrid’s golden run of Champions League title-winning campaigns in recent times saw them make use of the formation. In this formation, all three attackers are in advanced roles, while the three midfielders play according to the flow that is defense during pressure mode and attack during advance position.  


Renowned as the Antonio Conte formation, the 3-5-2 has been a success story for the Italian tactician during his managerial career while other teams have also replicated the Spurs manager. The formation was used by England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy where they came second-best on penalties. In this formation, the two fullbacks are given attacking license with the presence of extra central midfielders, which converts their role into wing-backs. The midfield thus has to work in tandem to maintain the balance of the game. Regardless of the formation, make sure to show support for your favorite team with football helmet chrome decals.

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