Norwegian tactic

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Norwegian tactic (also called simply "Norway" or "Norge") was a strategy which uses extreme formations in order to boost midfield and/or attack at expense of defence.

A lot of changes in the match engine were focused on fighting this strategy: first of all, the increased importance of defence - especially the introduction of CA and defensive coaches - then the change in basic line-up - not based on 4-4-2 - and finally the modification in chances distribution - not always 10 chance per match. These changes severely hindered the effectiveness of all-out strategies. Today the Norwegian tactic is not used anymore.


The idea behind this tactics is simple as inequality

5 > (10-6)

That means: if you'll get 6 out of 10 chances there are in every match, and you will score from at least 5 of them, you will win the match even if your opponent scores from every chance he gets.

In other words, if your possession is big enough to get you 6 chances in a match and your attacks are good enough to convert those chances into goals, you need no defence at all. So if giving up defence will give you such midfield and attacks, then it is a logical thing to do.


The name of this strategy derives from famous final match of World Cup IV in which Norway become the first nation to steal the cup from Sweden.

On 29/02/2004, Norwegian NT coach Snylte used it to beat Sweden with the following line-up:

Norway gold medal line-up
WB off CD off CD off Extra IM
W off IM off IM off WTM

This was in reality only the most famous one, not the first match in which Norwegian tactic was used. The first Norwegian tactic matches were played on 04/12/2002 friendly, and 11/12/2002 WC match both played 14 months before the World Cup final.

The Sunda tactic

"Sunda" is the name used in Finnish forum to describe the Norwegian tactic. It is named after the Finnish team Sunda Bomba that used this strategy and math behind it for the first time.

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