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The concept of system fluidity in football

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Tactical Analysis: Why modern football coaches should implement system fluidity in football

For me, the idea of positional fluidity is believed to be the next trend in football tactics for the modern era of coaches. I absolutely love the concept of playing without positions, formations, or systems.

 JULEN LOPETEGUI (Sevilla coach): “The system and formation aren’t important. What’s more important is the idea.”

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A teams system fluidity level refers to the extent to which the team’s playing system enables nearby players to interchange dissimilar positional responsibilities during a match.

To leave behind the need to categorize and pigeonhole players into playing in specific areas of the field by naming their role. ‘Wing backs play here, centre backs stay in the middle, and the striker stays high.’

The concept of system fluidity in football
Germany vs Spain Positional Fluidity

In this way, we see football in the most fluid form possible, completely void of rigidness and lacking creativity. That isn’t to say there is no structure but that the players deliver the structure the game demands.

As a result, the game is given back to the players. They must perpetually perceive the game as it changes second to second.


As soon as the referee blows the whistle, the coach would almost be insignificant. However, his duty during training sessions would be immeasurably more important, especially coaches at the youth level.

In the scenario I’m describing the players would need to develop their cognitive process to be able to act within this kind of impromptu strategy flawlessly, and ideally, you would need players who would be able to adequately play in multiple ‘positions’.

An example of coach who believes in Fluidity in football

Julian Nagelsmann delivered what he believes is the reason we are seeing this type of play in modern football, “Well, I think a good starting point for us to explore has to do with how we can complement the constant search for numerical superiority with other types of superiorities. It demands something else of the players.”

I believe this is such an innovative point of view. Yes, there is numerical, positional, and qualitative superiority but perhaps coaches can actively look to develop certain aspects of these advantages. For example, perceiving space better than the opponent.

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Perhaps this type of tactical revolution is the kind needed for all coaches to see the importance of cognitive development in training. With a game which will demand intuitively smart players, coaches who don’t develop this aspect will become obsolete.

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