On The Ball


Getting the emphasis right in training: 1

We have five factors that help to keep the team in proper condition.
1. Volume
2. Duration of exertion
3. Intensity
4. Repetition
5. Recovery
• Volume: All the efforts made by the players in training under exertion/the total quantity/duration Of work done (eg.volume of aerobics endurance/work 40min).
• Duration: Time taken for an action of physical exertion to be carried out of required intensity without rest (eg.duration of exercises:15min).
• Intensity: The extent of the physical exertion/the tempo to be applied/the resistance to be Overcome (eg. 80% of maximum weight/90% of maximum weight/90% of maximum speed) .
• Repetition: The number of times that a physical exertion/an exercise or a learning activity is repeated.
• Recovery : Time allocated for the
recovery period rest period taken
between repetitions. Rest period taken between sets. The recovery phase is often an active period. It is dedicated by the intensity/volume duration of physical exertion. After the preparations that are done now we move on formations that are needed in the game.


It is easy for coaches to get unnecessarily preoccupied with
systems of play/tactics and formations/good tactics are simple tactics. It is important however to employ a formation that suits the abilities and ambitions of your team. Simple instructions are best.

4-4-2  AND  4-2-4

The most popular in world football in the tried and tested 4-4-2 system that came to prominence during the 1960s. The foundation of a good system is a solid defence the two (2} central defenders are flanked by two full backs the full backs play an important attacking role but should not both go forward at the same time or the two central backs would be left exposed to a counter attack if one of the full backs pushes into a forward position the opposite full back should tuck into support other defenders effectively giving the team a back three the raiding full back supports a midfield that already boasts four players/so traditionally 4-4-2 becomes a more modern 3-S-2. Similarly the second bank of four players the midfield can switch shape to affect a change of formation by pushing forward into advanced positions almost up alongside the central the wide midfielders can operate as orthodox wingers it is a tactic that is often used by teams who are chasing a game and trying to score a goal at all costs.


The formation is rarely used today although it has been employed by some clubs in recent times under the system the full backs are expected to provide both attacking width and defensive cover a two man central defence is also employed thus providing cover for the marauding full backs in the midfield and attack,.the 4-3-3 formation is made up of two banks of three however the attacking and defensive responsibilities of these players varies tremendously according to the ideas of individual coaches preparing a team in this nature there is no way that a team cant get positive results.


– Ishmael Khosa –

1 Response

  1. Harry says:

    Really?, simple tactics are good tactics to which we should suppose the end are menial… Trust me Mr Khosa we couldn’t even begin to imagine “how incalculable the varieties and influences of circumstances, rashness of pretension and decision will abate” I end by saying or rather note at the display of disdainful appreciation of tactics which plagues the current football-ing system… Mediocrity at best, no offence.

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