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Attacking Pattern 1

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Objective

Group of attacking players use choreographed movement to pass the ball wide and cross into the box to score.

Game specific benefit

Improve your attacking threat and ability to maneuver the ball into wide areas to create scoring opportunities from crosses.

Setup & Main Points 

  • Use half field if possible (if not, a third of a field is enough or even a smaller space)
  • 6 attacking players – 5 defenders
  • 1 def mid – 2 att mids – 2 wingers – 1 striker
  • Have players in pennies to clearly distinguish attackers and defenders
  • Defenders only passive pressure

Player Instructions

Attackers (Def Mid, 2 Att Mids, Right Winger, Left Winger and Striker)
1. Def Mid starts with ball
2. Two Att Mids move left and right, ready to receive a pass
3. Right Winger checks back into space and receives pass from Def Mid (right on the touchline)
4. Right Att Mid shows inside and receives pass from Right Winger
5. Right Winger moves quickly down the line and Right Att Mid plays a through ball behind defense
6. As Right Winger moves onto ball, Left Winger attacks far post, Striker attacks near post and Left Att Mid stays around edge of 18 yard box to pick up anything cleared by defenders
7. Right Winger dribbles toward the goal line and crosses

Defenders (Right Back, Left Back, 2 Center Backs and Def Mid)
1. Def Mid stays with Right Att Mid
2. Left Back stays with Right Winger
3. Left Center Back supports Left Back when ball is played through
4. Right back stays with Left Winger
5. Right Center Back stays with Striker

Repeat on opposite side of the field with Left Winger crossing.

Touch limitation

2 touches if possible (receive then pass) – crosser can take more than 2 touches if needed.

For advanced players, you can experiment with 1-touch passing although it is very difficult.

Coaching points

  • First touch – close control, setup to pass
  • Communication – both from passer and open players looking to receive
  • Speed of passing – quicker movement of the ball makes it difficult for defenders
  • Movement – players must move to enable good passing angles
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