As opposed to having a flat line of four across the midfield like the traditional 4-4-2 formation, this will have more of a diamond shape. There will be two midfielders who are central, with one extra midfielders playing in front of them both in a central attacking position and the other directly behind the pair in a defensive position. The defensive midfielder in the diamond can act almost as a sweeper for the team, allowing the attacking midfielder to roam.
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In the diamond the midfield is tightly manned and the gaps between the central midfield and the attack are smaller. The 2 (Strikers) As last formation in 4-4-2 with diamond we still need to discuss our two strikers.
The “diamond” refers to the positioning of the four midfielders. Rather than featuring a flat four-man midfield, the formation uses one advanced attacking midfielder, one deep defensive midfielder and two narrow wide midfielders or wingers. In essence, the diamond formation is a 4-1-2-1-2 formation.
The 4-4-2 Diamond is a formation that focuses on creating a midfield overload while controlling possession. Two forwards are located up top putting more pressure on the opposing teams back 4 while giving the diamond midfield plenty of forward passing options.
Exercise#1) Midfield Diamond:4v3 Overload: The grid size can be anywhere from 20×20 to 30×30 yards. The side goals are 2ft high by 3 feet wide. The red team has the diamond formed and works the ball back and forth to the endline players on red (4 players – 2 on each side). If the blue team wins possession they try and score on the two small side goals.
Strengths of the 4-4-2 Diamond Formation: A back four which a lot of defenders feel comfortable in. A very strong spine of the team from goalkeeper, two centre backs, four central midfielders and two strikers.
Playing 4-4-2 SOCCER DIAMOND FORMATION. Another very popular way to play this 4-4-2 soccer formation is with a diamond midfield providing more versatility in the attack by having one attacking midfield and more support to defense by having one defensive midfield with two central play-makers.
Behind the 10, two box-to-box midfielders are tasked with, well, everything. The diamond is nothing if not a highly-demanding formation and these two central midfielder “shuttlers” are called upon to cover a whole lot of ground, from moving the ball between lines to defending all the way to the sideline.
I have found that using the 2-1-2-1 diamond formation is the best for advancing 7-a-side teams from more simple formations, such as 2-2-2. With this strong diamond stretching from the attacker to defensive midfielder, it is a shape that is hard to get past and requires a skilful opposition to find a weakness.