It is true that, during the first years of professional football, teams used to play with only 2 defenders and 5 forwards?

I’ve heard many times that, in the past (I don’t know exactly when, but It may be around 1930 and 1950 decades) football teams used to align using 2-3-5 formation.

1 Answer

YES but it was not a rule

This site confirm that, in the early 1900s, tactics were more offensive than now.

Also this source and wikipedia confirm that the old off side rules permits to play with those tactics.

I think you can find a lot of exhaustive info on the posted links, so I prefer to do not add more.

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