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Attacking Pattern 3



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 split left and right, ready to receive a pass
3. Def Mid passes to Left Att Mid who receives ball across his body
4. Left Winger checks back to show for ball to bring Left Back with him
4. As opposing Def Mid closes him down, Left Att Mid passes to Right Att Mid
5. Right Att Mid passes ball into Striker who takes a touch and passes in behind Left Back for Left Winger
6. As Left Winger moves onto ball, Right Winger attacks far post, Striker attacks near post and Right Att Mid attacks edge of 18 yard box
7. Left Winger crosses first time, aiming for Striker who shoots

Defenders (Right Back, Left Back, 2 Center Backs and Def Mid)
1. Def Mid stays with Right & Left Att Mids
2. Right Back stays with Left Winger
3. Right Center Back closes down Left Winger when ball is played through behind Left Back
4. Left Center Back stays close to Striker

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

Touch limitation

2 touches if possible (receive then pass) – crosser must try and work with 1 touch to keep move fluid and quick.

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
  • Striker – good touch and awareness to bring wingers into play

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