Principles of Attack
- TEAM PRINCIPLES OF ATTACK: 1) WIDTH (support along the touchlines)- You hear me say spread them. 2) DEPTH (support behind the ball)- Someone for you to drop the ball to if you're in trouble. 3) PENETRATION (support in front of the ball deep into opponents territory like corner flag runs)- You hear me say stretch them. 4) MOBILITY (forward, lateral, angled, or backward movement especially by marked players. 5) COMMUNICATION (mostly visual; this means knowing the location of all players and spaces, and reading visual and audio cues from opponents and teammates.)
- INDIVIDUAL PRINCIPLES OF ATTACK FOR THE BALLCARRIER: 1st thought- Take the shot. 2nd thought- Get the ball to someone who has a good shot. 3rd thought- Get the ball to someone who can get the ball to someone who has a good shot. 4th thought- Play the ball back out of pressure to get the ball to someone who has a good shot.
- INDIVIDUAL PRINCIPLES OF ATTACK FOR PLAYERS WHO DON'T HAVE THE BALL: 1st thought- Get into goal scoring position! 2nd thought- Move where you may support players who are in goal scoring position. This includes giving wide, deep (back pass), and penetrating (in front of) support to the ballcarrier. 3rd thought- Lure defenders out of position to create attacking space for yourself, the ballcarrier, and/or another teammate.
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