YOUTH TO PRO SOCCER 4-3-3 Booklet – Sessions and Exercises

4-3-3 Booklet – Sessions and Exercises

Youth To Pro Soccer (YTPS) is solely about sharing information for Coaches at all levels, if its grassroots or professionals. I have put together a 4-3-3 Booklet of sessions and exercises for Coaches to Download for FREE. All Sessions have been made by Academy Soccer Coach (ASC) coaching Software, which is the best on the market!

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Please download the 4-3-3 booklet below:

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Reference: Dan Rufner, AK ODP- roles and responsibilities in the 4-3-3.


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Guest Session by Rui Sa Lemos – FC Porto Academy – Speed of Play

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Rui Sa Lemos – FC Porto Academy (Portugal)

Rui is a coach at the FC Porto Academy coaching a number of FC Porto youth teams. He has the UEFA B License. You can follow him on twitter: @RuiSaLemos


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Guest Session by Scott Allison – St Mirren (SPL) – Developing an Attacking Style of Play.


Scott Allison  – St Mirren (SPL) Academy

Scott Allison is a professional youth coach currently at Scottish Premier League side St Mirren FC.   He currently holds the UEFA B Licence, SFA Advanced Youth Licence (Level 5) and SFA Advanced Children’s Licence (Level 5).

Scott has previous experience at Glasgow Rangers FC, Livingston FC and Partick Thistle FC and has worked with every elite youth age group from U19 to U11.  He is also a former Scottish FA Senior Football Development Officer/ Coach Education Tutor and last played professionally in the Scottish 3rd Division with East Stirlingshire FC.   Scott believes in developing attractive, attacking, effective football and studies the traditional Dutch and Spanish styles of play.


Guest Session by Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union Academy – Positive (Forward) Passing

Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union (MLS)

Jim Curtin is a former MLS veteran, he is now the  Philadelphia Union assistant coach and Union U18 academy coach. Jim holds the USSF ‘A’ License.


Guest Session by Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy – Switching the Play

Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy

Craig is the Youth Director at LA Galaxy where he overseas all Academy teams at the LA Galaxy. He is also head coach of the U16 Academy Team.

He holds the USSF ‘A’ License


Guest Session by Nigel Law – Glenavon FC N.Ireland Premier Lg – Switching the point of the Attack

Nigel Law – Glenavon FC

Nigel Law , 27 years old and first team coach at Glenavon FC in the Northern Irish Premier League, a position he has held since December 2011.

Nigel holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and is one of the youngest people to coach at first team level.

You can follow Nigel on twitter @Nige32



Laura Harvey Arsenal Ladies Manager – Forward play and Supporting Runs 4-3-3


Laura became Arsenal first team manager in 2009/10 season, guiding them to the last-ever Women’s Premier League title months later. One year on she led the Club to a Super League, FA Cup and Continental Cup ‘treble’.

Arsenal Ladies are also on the verge of winning another Women’s Super League. please click on the link to check out the league:

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Laura is 1 of only 17 women in England to hold the UEFA ‘A’ License.

Here is session on the Forward play and Supporting Runs for the 4-3-3.


Passing Patterns to Goal


Here are some passing patterns to goal in the final third: These exercises patterns for a 4-3-3 formation with 3 forwards:

Y Pattern: Crossing from wide areas to finish:









Y Passing: Fwd movement in behind “The Henry”









Y Passing: Weak side fwd movement “The Ljungberg Run”

Passing Patterns

Passing Patterns:

Passing patterns are meant for repetition for tactical elements. To create a style of play without pressure. The repetition of pattern exercises create a rhythm and flow of the way a team wants to execute in a game.  A teams patterns should be designed around what formation that they play.

Here are some passing patterns that can be used for certain elements in the game.

Y Exercise – Playing wide from central areas.

Triangles – Playing across the back, into midfield and wide

Triangles  – Playing across back, lay off and play wide.

Switching play – playing across the back, into MDF and switch to other side.

Switching play – Diamond: Switching point of attack to play forward.