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First English Futsal Magazine in U.K

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  • Futsal Fever is pleased to share our trhird edition. Hope. you enjoy it and it can serve as a great tool of knowledge to readers, players and coaches in the UK.Sincerely,Futsal Fever Team.

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    Peter Sturgess



  • Often with every change that occurs in the rules of Futsal comes a new tactical solution. The permanent evolution of the games systems generates new movements, formed from the coaches who study to create new behaviours in their teams to get wins against their opponents.

    This evolution depends mainly on this continuous study and the correct tactical implementation in their teams. When a new movement has positive results and it is adopted by other coaches it becomes a game system, as happened with the 3.1, 2.2, 1.3 and 1.2.2 systems.

    The famous 4.0 offensive system, or better known as four in line, is one of the most recent and favourite game systems adopted by many renowned coaches around the world.

    This system of four in line with its offensive characteristics was created and presented in Spain by a Brazilian coach named Jose Antonio Azevedo, known by many as Zego.

    Zego left Brazil many years ago to work in Spain with a team in the first division where he established the offensive system 4.0 and helped the Spanish national team win two Futsal World Cups with his innovative discovery.



    Jose Antonio Azevedo

  • In Brazil this system has been used more recently due to the exchange of players and coaches who have worked in the Spanish leagues where Zegos tactic is employed.

    Today many teams in Brazil and also in Europe use this fabulous system of play. The system of four in line or 4.0 is highly selective and requires athletes to have excellent ball control as well as great passing ability to achieve good results.

    The 4.0 is the most modern system that exists today. His initial placement of four players in line in their own half and the combination of this system with 2.2 or 3.1 system is very effective during a match and causes confusion in the marking responsibilities of the opposition.Since this movement was created there has been a stunning development in the physical condition of players. This has improve as this system of play requires a high level of speed, dribbling, controlling and other demans.

    The offensive 4.0 system is characterised by the space created behind the opponents defence. Accurate passes are made close to the defensive line and, most of the time, received behind the defence, especially to free spaces. This formation is very good to create 2v2 and 1v1 situations.Feinting, diagonals, parallels and blocks are the fundamental characteristics of this system. Simultaneous runs to the parallel and across are important to attack defences formed in the 1.2.1. or diamond formation. These short runs cause the opposing team to constantly move their defence and make quick decisions on the correct type of marking. It is very good system to employ because it facilitates deep passes in between defenders.The 4.0 system requires more versatile players as they must be able to play in all positions in both the central and wide areas of the court. Options of attack are varied and it necessitates simultaneous coordination and harmony of the four players positioned in a line. 5

    4 In Line4 In Line

  • One of the great advantages of the 4.0 system is that we can combat teams that mark using full pressure with quick movement and a good pass to create advantageous positions such as 1v1 situations.

    As mentioned previously this offensive system makes the opposing team seek for a unique way of defending but if they select individual man to man marking they are subject to an enormous physical stress and become even more vulnerable.

    But the offensive system has its disadvantages. Some teams defend deep and compact making it harder to penetrate. It can also be dangerous when in possession with four in line and then losing the ball as you will find yourself without defensive cover.

    Not to mention that in this system the movements without the ball are important, as well as actions on the ball and the quality of passing. Without these details and co-ordination, the offensive 4.0 system can become very difficult to implement.

    Important tips for the offensive four in line system:

    - Never be in a hurry to make a play.- Avoid standing stationary on the court.- Maintain eye contact with your team mate especially if he has the ball.- Never think that the ball is lost.- Find the passing lines behind the opponents defence.- Force the opposition to the position of the court that suits you.- Anticipate the defenders actions to surprise them.- Always know you are able to go past defender before risking dribbling.- Help team mates with blocks and changes of direction.- Use multiple and varied body feints.- Always keep the maximum concentration on the action.- Be unselfish when your team mate is in a better position.


  • 7AThe center players 2 passing the ball fast and very accurate and feith a long movement in diagonal but them hes back on the wing side where another feith movement will be done for the player 1 that get his positon on the center. This rotation is part of the 4.0 scheme and the first step to attack effectively.

    BThis action shows that the center player 2 rather them pass the ball to the opposit center player 3, he did pass to the rigth wing 4. Once he did take that decision the opposit center player 3 leave his position on diagonal and at the same time the other center play 2 that passes the ball leave his position to another diagonal. The left wing 1 comes to the center position to make the defense balance.Player 4 has two options; paralel or diagonal pass.









    MovementBall Passing

  • Who is Zego?According to the European media he is considered the best coach in the world. With over 40 years experience in futsal, Zego is 55 years old and was born in Sao Paulo - Brazil.

    His curriculum is extensive. A a player Zego played for Corinthians-SP, Palmeiras-SP, Newells Old Boys from Argentina and the Brazilian National Team from 1973 to 1978, with several titles in his career. He has taught courses for training coaches in 16 countries. He is the author of a book called Futsal Attacking Movements. And of course he is the creator of the 4.0 system, widely known as four-in-line.

    In my beginnings as a coach, in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil in 1982, I observed that I could make my teams compete with high ambitions and without complexities against those of a higher level. I noticed that I would have to steadily improve them in two key respects by significantly improving individual technique and movement to retain the ball despite being constantly pressed. It was a big challenge because my teams were completely amateur. The players were very humble and with difficult lives and were very surprised by my interest in them. These people moved me very much. The human qualities were impressive. True sportsmen that at the end of every day after working would train at night in our open aired arena with dedication and a lot of mosquitoes!

    These times have given me memories that I will take with me everywhere that futsal is played.


  • During this time I realised that in the tactical sense that if I could bring the pivot backwards to achieve numerical superiority and have an extra man in support I would have more chance to win. So I did and the players being in line started to be incredibly effective but what is very important to note was that in the evolution of the 4.0 movements there were lots of variations of a 4.0 to a 3.1 or a 2.2, overlaps, parallel, diagonal, double movements, etc...

    In any method of play there must be pre designed movements.

    The player, at this point, needs to think to make quick and appropriate reading of the possible solutions, improving and developing fast and efficient reasoning.

    I knew that most of the best teams since the start of the game were going to press and we needed to impose ourselves, not losing the ball but with mastery of the game.

    The technical segment gave special emphasis to the non-dominant leg at a ratio of 90% to 10% of the dominant leg. All practiced at various times and during different sessions which involved a lot of sacrifices.

    I looked for good passing, good control, clear vision, definition and a quality shot to further develop a fast game.

    A big mistake of the past 20 years in world futsal was the thought that the competitive athlete after a certain age does not need to practice the fundamentals.

    The current training is focused on two aspects only, physical conditioning and mechanised tactics. For this reason the champions within and outside Brazil persists. Malwee, Interviu, Benfica, etc. The only way to achieve results with a smaller budget is with training of superior quality, care and appropriate monitoring of the smaller technical details.

    The four in line system during those ten years, simply went unnoticed among Brazilian and European coaches of the time. It was only after Spain won two world titles that they were awakened to the offensive possibilities that this system offered in Brazil and other countries.


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