The 4-3-3 is quickly emerging as one of the most dynamic and effective formations in world football.
It takes into account every important aspect of the game and remains incredibly flexible on the field.
With a 4-3-3, you can choose to play on the counter-attack, dominate possession, work the ball through the middle or ask the full-backs to overlap the wingers. Its versatility makes it a popular choice as coaches don't have to make sweeping changes in order to adapt mid-game.
The key area (highlighted) is the central midfield. One player will typically drop a little deeper and initiate attacks after receiving the ball from his defence, while the other two are all-action personnel somewhat akin to the box-to-box types found in a 4-4-2.
Wingers have the choice to hug the touchline or cut inside.
Example: Paulo Bento's Portugal, Fernando Santos' Greece, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's Barcelona
Ideal players: Leon Britton, Joao Moutinho, Arjen Robben, Fabio Coentrao, Andres Iniesta