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Apparently teams in Asia have some whacked out pitch sizes. A lot of them are insanely long & wide, some are long & narrow, some are short & wide. 

What would the general advice be for different pitch dimensions? I suppose the long ones should mean a lower defensive line. And on a narrow pitch should play wider in order to stretch the play as much as possible. Anything else?

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Depends all on the type of play you and your opponent are playing of course. 

On 24/08/2020 at 19:47, karanhsingh said:

the long ones should mean a lower defensive line

If they like to play long balls over the top, then yes. If they like a short passing game, then you'll just give them space in midfield to do so if you drop your Dline. 

On 24/08/2020 at 19:47, karanhsingh said:

And on a narrow pitch should play wider in order to stretch the play as much as possible

I guess. But not too wide to the point when your play is wider than the pitch actually is (passes are kicked out of play etc) 

On 24/08/2020 at 19:47, karanhsingh said:

Anything else?

In Spain I'm facing a very wide, short pitch at a few opponents. I'm playing a more possession-based game, short passing. So I play them on standard width (positive mentality with IF and a playmaker on the flanks) and focus play through center. Otherwise my players would be too far from each other to play the way I like. 

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On 25/08/2020 at 22:05, GianniM said:

Depends all on the type of play you and your opponent are playing of course. 

If they like to play long balls over the top, then yes. If they like a short passing game, then you'll just give them space in midfield to do so if you drop your Dline. 

I guess. But not too wide to the point when your play is wider than the pitch actually is (passes are kicked out of play etc) 

In Spain I'm facing a very wide, short pitch at a few opponents. I'm playing a more possession-based game, short passing. So I play them on standard width (positive mentality with IF and a playmaker on the flanks) and focus play through center. Otherwise my players would be too far from each other to play the way I like. 

I do the same, what are your pitch dimensions out of interest?

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