Penetration - in possession of the ball, the team attempts to play through gaps between the defenders or play the ball into the space behind. This gives attackers the opportunities to exploit space from passes that go forwards or sidewards and move defenders out of position.
Support - It is important to have lots of movement off the ball in order to support players on the ball. Key points are to manage the distance, angles and timing to receive passes or get into positions
Width - providing options (laterally) across the pitch. This creates larger gaps between defenders which in turn creates opportunities to exploit the space and play forwards. The idea is to make the pitch big and look for gaps to either play through or around the opposition.
Mobility - movement on and off the ball. This will provide support in the attack and may include rotation, exploiting space and penetrating the defence at speed.
Creativity/Improvisation - If a team becomes predictable they become easy to defend against. Coaches can encourage creativity from players in order to combat this. We like to have players want to attempt skills in different positions like stepovers, drag backs and Maradonas so that it helps develop their football creativity and see things from a unique perspective.
We hope this was a helpful article for all you parents and players who want brush up on the fundamentals of attacking. We may use this as homework one week for our grassroots and elite development classes so be ready!
All the best,
The Coaches from Casual to Pro
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