15 Dec 2016
UEFA B Technical Practice – Improve attacking team play
The objective of this UEFA B Technical practice is to promote game related situations that encourage players to take up positive attacking positions and to create and exploit space that enable them to effectively attack centrally.
- Suggested pitch size is full width to 10 – 20 yards over the halfway line
- Full sized goal with GK
- Play a suggested defensive team of 2 centre halves, 2 fullbacks and a holding M/F players against an attacking team of 2 central forwards, 2 wide players and an attacking midfield player – Attack v Defence 5 v 5. This can be scaled up to two attacking midfield players v two defending midfield players, then progressed to two attacking fullbacks joining in and two defending wide players.
- There is also a conditioned attacking support player, who joins in the attacks, but can only support behind the ball and can’t shoot.
- Target / server player, with a supply of footballs
- 2 x target goals for the defence to break out and try and score in
- Ball is served from the target / server player to the conditioned attacking support player, who then looks to pass forward to one of the attacking team.
- Attacking team try and score, defending team try and stop them.
- Attacking team can always pass back to the conditioned attacking support player, who can only support behind the ball.
- If the ball goes out of play – attack is started from where the ball went out or from the target / server player to the conditioned attacking support player, who then looks to pass forward to one of the attacking team.
- If defending team win the ball, they can score by passing the ball through either of the target goals to the target player.
- Normal football rules apply. Offsides. Throw ins. Free kicks.
- Attacking team to constantly create space as a team, to make the pitch as big as possible.
- At least one attacking player to play high up against the defending central pair and at least one attacking player to provide width by pulling wide.
- Always one attacking player to sit and support behind the ball, to provide a defensive balance and to provide an out ball to retain possession and switch play.
- Good decisions on when to retain possession and switch play and when to attack positively, directly and centrally.
- Quick, clever, central combination play to create and take finishing chances
Progressions and challenges
- If the defenders win the ball, they can score by passing through the target goals to the target player.
- The target player immediately passes the ball back to the to the conditioned attacking support player, who then looks to pass forward to one of the attacking team.
- Play attack v defence for agreed period of time, keep scores of goals scored by both teams.
- Rotate teams so that all players have the opportunity to attack and defend
- Bring in a second goal and play a game