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Positional Occupation - Vertical Channels

đŸ§‘â€đŸ« Style of Play Development - Vertical Channels

When developing a certain Style of Play, it is important to establish how you, as a coach, are going to divide up the pitch both horizontally and vertically so that you can give your players specific references when they should be positioned both in and out of possession.

In this example we can see how a coach would divide up the pitch horizontally; the system of play is a 1-4-4-2 diamond, and when defending, I have asked my center-backs to be positioned inside the central channel, my fullbacks to occupy the wide channels (where the opponents wingers would be positioned), and the four in midfield to be compact inside the central and half-channels.

The same can be done to help the players be better positioned offensively, although I always believe we should give them more freedom to express themselves when the team has the ball.

You can divide up the pitch however you would like. There are countless different ways, including using three, four or five vertical channels. I have even seen some coaches divide the pitch vertically using up to nine different zones.

How do you divide up your pitch?

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Guillermo Hamdan Zaragoza


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