Attacking with Depth
Dimensions: 45x45 Yard area, 1 goal, one line 10 yards in from the end line opposite the goal which the deep supporting attackers will play in. Soccer balls start by the supporting attackers so the game can be restarted quickly.
Two teams, Attack vs Defence (numbers up 6v3 or 4v8 to help the attacking team succeed) attacking team is split into two, one group providing deep support for their attacking team mates.
How to: The ball starts with the supporting attackers who look to play the ball into the main area to their team mates who then attempt to create a scoring opportunity.
Defenders cannot move into the supporting midfield coned area but can apply real pressure to the more advanced forwards.
Game is restarted from the supporting Mids if the ball goes out of play
Attackers should look to lose their player and look for a pass, e.g. dropping deeper and quickly coming close for the short pass.
If the opportunity isn’t there, consider passing back to your supporting midfielders to rebuild the attack or change the point of attack, remember, supporting midfielders are facing the goal you are trying to attack and may be able to see a much better opportunity from their position.
Whilst you have the ball, attacking players should look to spread out and stretch the defence, when a player pushes wide it creates the opportunity for the 1 on 1 against the full back, or creates a space for a through ball to be played through behind the defensive line, look to try and create these opportunities. Supporting midfielders should be looking for these patterns to present themselves and playing the pass quickly when they do.
Emphasise the use of moving the ball quickly in a bid to create space and opportunities. Switch the point of attack to take advantage of poor defensive shape.