Author: Steven Turek (with help and prologue by Ralf Peter)
Edited by Peter Schreiner
Translated by: Tjorben Becker
Editor: Institute of Youth soccer, Essen - Germany
abstract - Fundamental Attacking Strategies
the soccer-game today is as seen from a defensive point of view, shaped by the ball-orientated defending. The defensive
chain of four players is not even in the lower leagues a sensation anymore. Spaces to play shrink and thus, the attacking play is made more difficult. Therefore, it is important to create
strategies against tight defensive formations. But even sophisticated attacking strategies only function if certain fundamental principles are well developed. Eminently important for this purpose
is it to cleverly open and use spaces and passing-lanes. This includes individual technical skills and abilities as well as a developed and aligned group-tactical behavior.
The idea behind this eBook: Based on definite match-situations, solutions will be presented which can be trained in small groups as well as in a complex
I came to know Steven Turek as a young talented coach. It was my pleasure to help him converting the idea and accompanying him with the creation of this eBook.
It contains and provides knowledge of tactical analyses and attractive exercises usable for coaches of all levels.
We hope that the eBook contributes to the improvement of your team’s performance.
wishes Ralf Peter
There is a great chance to create goal-scoring chances if one attacks the in-between spaces of the last two defensive chains of the opponent. If a player receives the ball in an
open position in that specific space, he has the possibility to dribble towards the last defensive chain, play final passes or finish himself. One opens up this space by attacking the last
defensive line. Especially if the ball is situated on one of the wings (and the ball carrier is not situated under pressure), there is a realistic option to play the ball behind the defensive
chain (illustration above - red arrow). This danger leads to the dropping back of the chain. In turn, space between the lines is created. This space is usable as
for example by another forward or an up moving midfielder. Attention: Against a team fundamentally defending deep into the own half, this is only a limited
Example: Solution out of the 4:3:3
#3is situated openly to the pitch and in ball possession. Blue shifted ball-oriented. #8 directs #3 outwards, #6 is on his way back to the midfield-chain. With the pass to #3, #9 approaches him in an
arch-shaped run. With the pass to #9, #11 releases slightly into the width and thus, opens a passing-lane into the depth.
#9 receives the ball in a half-open position and has several possibilities. The first option is the pass into the depth to the starting #11. Depending on the intensity of pressure of Blue, a complete turn is possible with a subsequent dribbling. If #9 is pressured on with the pass and not able to continue the play vertically, he has with #6, #10 and
#3 passing options behind the ball. With a pass of #9 into the depth, #7 and #8 start deep paths and try to utilize a ball into the box. All players behind the ball form the insurance defense. #2 moves into the center,
a shift of the play becomes more and more unlikely to happen.
Fundamental Attacking Strategies - practice #01
Organization: In one half of the pitch
is being played 7 v 8. The ball is introduced by one of the center backs, who play a high ball to the ball-distant side. The outside-zones serve as an orientation for the blue team (first with the high ball are they allowed to enter the zone and defend). If the blue team gains possession of the ball,
they counterattack on the mini-goals.
Coaching: The outside-zones serve
Red as well as orientation to always position one of the wing-players (wing-back or wing-player of the midfield) in that zone. The other player occupies the
in-between space towards the center.
Variation: Center backs are allowed to play flat passes to the ball-near wing-backs and among each other freely. Free Play: 7 v 8 with the played high ball without rules in the