Offensive Movement

(Attacking in Football (Soccer) "On" & "Off" the ball)

The Effective Decision Making Process in Football (Soccer) when attacking

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Table of Content

Title: Offensive Movement (Attacking in Football (Soccer) "On & Off" the ball)

Sub Title: The Effective Decision Making Process in Football (Soccer) when attacking

    

Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................................................

A Series of Thought Processes when attacking ....................................................................................................................................

Check Lists ...................................................................................................................................................................................

          -On the ball (The player in possession of the ball) ..........................................................................................................................

          -Off the ball (Player(s) without possession of the ball) .....................................................................................................................

The "3" Phases of the Thought Processes when attacking .....................................................................................................................

-Phase 1 - Preparation Phase ............................................................................................................................................................

          -Glance; Scan; Select; Control; Execute .........................................................................................................................................

-Phase 2 - The Logical Sequence of Options in attack Phase ...................................................................................................................

All steps in the process must be executed in their defined order sequentially .........................................................................................

     -Options - On the ball (The player in possession of the ball) .................................................................................................................

          -Option 1: Can I score? ..............................................................................................................................................................

          -Option 2: Can I play a penetrating pass/killer pass to another player that could score resulting in a goal scoring opportunity? .....................

          -Option 3: Am I in a set team-play or a rehearsed move? ..................................................................................................................

          -Option 4: Can I play a pass to a supporting team-mate in order to maintain team ball possession? .......................................................

          -Option 5: Can I shield the ball, wait for support then play a pass to a team-mate to maintain team ball possession? ................................

          -Option 6: Run/Dribble with the ball past opponents. .......................................................................................................................

     -Options - Off the ball (Player(s) without possession of the ball) ............................................................................................................

          -Option 1: Follow up: - Make a forward run; anticipate the rebound. ....................................................................................................

          -Option 2: Make a forward run; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/ or the killer pass (through ball). ............................................................

          -Option 3: Make a forward run; execute team set play; play the role designated; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/"killer pass". .....................

          -Option 4: Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball; position yourself along/& across the field. .......................................

          -Option 5: Player on the ball has limited options; Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball. ............................................

          -Option 6: Swap with a non-active player; maintain team structure. This movement will generate space and reignite passing options ...........

-Phase 3 - The Testing Phase ............................................................................................................................................................

          -How to prove this problem does occur? (Testing: Can I score?)........................................................................................................

Introduction

This guide will address the important fundamentals that result in making a good decision. An ordered structure built on logic to help you make the best choice. Involves a series of thought processes where players on a team must execute in order.

Effective Decision Making Process in Football (Soccer) is a logical sequence of options. All steps in the process must be executed in their defined order sequentially. The player in possession of the ball and all the players "moving without the ball" must work together in a group effort, executing each step simultaneously and collaborative.

Players cannot duplicate roles, and they must act quickly and in a timely manner. Sometimes the decisions made by players will be instantaneous upon receiving the ball, other times players may have a few seconds to act. Players need to be well versed with the thought processes involved in attacking on and off the ball. Team awareness and understanding of each other’s role is crucial here; in addition, the team players must learn to “speak one language”.

 

A Series of Thought Processes when attacking

Check List (Order)

On the ball (The player in possession of the ball)

Option 1: Can I score?         

Option 2: Can I play a penetrating pass/killer pass to another player that could score resulting in a goal scoring opportunity?         

Option 3: Am I in a set team-play or a rehearsed move?         

Option 4: Can I play a pass to a supporting team-mate in order to maintain team ball posession?         

Option 5: Can I shield the ball, wait for support then play a pass to a team-mate to maintain team ball posession?         

Option 6: Run/Dribble with the ball past opponents.

 

Off the ball (Player(s) without possession of the ball)

Option 1: Follow up:- Make a forward run; anticipate the rebound.         

Option 2: Make a forward run; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/ or the killer pass (through ball).         

Option 3: Make a forward run; execute team set play; play the role designated; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/"killer pass".         

Option 4: Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball; position yourself along/& across the field.         

Option 5: Player on the ball has limited options; Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball.         

Option 6: Swap with a non-active player; maintain team structure. This movement will generate space and reignite passing options

 

 

 

The "3" Phases explained

Phase 1 - Preparation Phase

Phase:
Scenario:
Action:
Reaction:

1

Your team is attacking

The ball is in transit

You are about to receive the ball

Glance -

Check your environment & for immediate danger

Scan -

Analyze & Work through the:-

Check Lists

On the ball

(The player in possession of the ball)

or

Off the ball

(Player(s) without possession of the ball)

From the check list:-

Select the most effective option &

Control &

Execute this choice to the best of your ability

 

 

 

Team Work - Group Effort
On the ball
Off the ball
All options in the process must be executed in their defined order as shown below

The player in possession of the ball and all the players "moving without the ball"

must work together in a group effort, executing each option

simultaneously and collaborative.

   Reset - Your Mind Set (Options)

Each time you complete an option; reset your mind-set and

head back to the start of the check list .e.g.. Can I score? or Follow Up

 

 

Players thinking like one
Check List

 

Phase 2 - The Logical Sequence of Options in attack Phase

All steps in the process must be executed in their defined order sequentially

 

Option 1 - On & Off the ball

Phase

2

 

Check Lists

On the ball

(The player in possession of the ball)

Check Lists

Off the ball

(Player(s) without possession of the ball)

Option
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

1

Your team is attacking

 

 

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 1:

Can I score? 

 

Make a decision: Y/N

 

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 1:

Follow up:- Make a forward run; anticipate the rebound.

Make a decision: Y/N

 

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

Note The player on the ball is attempting to score; another player off the ball must follow up on this attempt anticipating the rebound

 

 

Examples: Can I score? 

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Option 2 - On & Off the ball

Option:
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

2

Your team is attacking

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 2:

Can I play a penetrating pass or a killer pass to another player that could score resulting in a goal scoring opportunity?  

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 2:

Make a forward run; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/ or the killer pass (through ball). 

 

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

Note The player on the ball has decided that they cannot score from where they are but has found a player who could score from an assist with the use of a through ball or killer pass.

 

Examples: Can I play a penetrating pass or a killer pass to another player that could score resulting in a goal scoring opportunity?

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Option 3 - On & Off the ball

Option:
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

3

Your team is attacking

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 3:

Am I in a set team-play or a rehearsed move?

 

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 3:

Make a forward run; execute team set play; play the role designated; anticipate the "penetrating pass"/ or the killer pass.

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

Note

The player on the ball could not score from where they are; they could not find a through ball or killer pass to play to who could score; however they have recognized that they can commence a rehearsed move or a team set play from where they are either using the centre corridor or attack using the width.

Other players off the ball have also recognized this rehearsed move or a team set play and will need to position themselves as planned

Example: Move A (Wide Attack) & Move B (Central Attack)

 

Examples: Am I in a set team-play or a rehearsed move?

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Option 4 - On & Off the ball

Option:
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

4

Your team is attacking

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 4:

Can I play a pass to a supporting team-mate in order to maintain team ball posession?

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 4:

Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball; position yourself along/& across the field. 

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

Note

The player on the ball could not score from where they are; they could not find a through ball or killer pass to play to who could score; and there is no movement from other players to commence a team-set play or execute a rehearsed move.

Other players off the ball must run and support the player on the ball. Support can be provide along and across the player on the ball.

 

Examples:- Can I play a pass to a supporting team-mate in order to maintain team ball posession?

&

Can I shield the ball, wait for support then play a pass to a team-mate to maintain team ball posession?

 

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Option 5 - On & Off the ball

Option:
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

5

Your team is attacking

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 5:

Can I shield the ball, wait for support then play a pass to a team-mate to maintain team ball posession? 

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 5:

Player on the ball has limited options; Make appropriate runs and Support the player with the ball.

Make a decision: Y/N

If the answer is Yes then execute this action

If the answer is No then go to the next Option

Note

The player on the ball could not score from where they are; they could not find a through ball or killer pass to play to who could score; and there is no movement from other players to commence a team-set play or execute a rehearsed move. The player on the ball has no immediate support.

The player on the ball must shield the ball until support arrives

The player on the ball has limited time; Other players off the ball must run and support the player on the ball. Support can be provide along and across the player on the ball.

 

Option 6 - On & Off the ball

Option:
Scenario:
Action: On the ball
Reaction: Off the ball

6

Your team is attacking

 

On the ball:-  Player who has the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 6:

Run/Dribble with the ball past opponents.

 

Off the ball:- Players without the ball.

Ask yourself:- Option 6:

Swap with a non-active player; maintain team structure. This movement will generate space and reignite passing options

 

Note

End of the road.

The player on the ball could not score from where they are; they could not find a through ball or killer pass to play to who could score; and there is no movement from other players to commence a team-set play or execute a rehearsed move. The player on the ball has no immediate support.

The player on the ball must run/dribble

The players off the ball must create movement to reignite openings and passing options

The players off the ball must swap positions;

Team positional structure must not be compromised.

 

Examples: Run/Dribble with the ball past opponents.

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Phase 3 - The Testing Phase

How to prove this problem does occur? (Testing: Can I score?)

@ Training use Half ground; Play a game "defenders v forwards"; Don't apply too many rules keep it simple as we are only trying to prove that players do not look at the goals in the 1st instance as part of their glance & scan as they are about to receive the ball especially if they are in range of scoring. Players prefer to play a safe pass or an easy pass first focusing on maintaining posession more than playing a better option instead.

The game rules are;- Forwards can score a goal at main goal where the goalkeeper is and the defenders can score a goal by running the ball and stopping it anywhere on the half way line.

You can start this game either way from the goalkeeper or from the half way mark.

Without the team knowing whisper in the goalkeepers ear and let them know that if you raise your right arm the goalkeeper is to move away to the right and step out of their goals allowing room to be chipped; depending on the sign they can move completely away to the left, right or centre.

Observe the play and watch how players react in the 1st instance upon receiving the ball and analyze their choice of action. The focus here is making a better decision.  A player may decide to simply pass the ball and maintain possession and that in its self is not wrong.

My argument here - is what if the goalkeeper was out of their goals and you are in range of scoring - can we say that an attempt to score is better than playing a short pass and maintain possession?

From my observation, players choose to play a possession pass first (option 4) in some ways by default. This may be because of a number of reasons that I outline below rather than consider the full range of Options. The better choice. This is why I call this article effective decision making process.

Player "Intimidation":-
Sometimes players stray away from the “effective thinking process” due to intimidation, social pressure or the yearning to be accepted by their peers.
This commonly happens to new players coming into the team.

Making "mistakes":-
Players hesitating, taking too long to make a decision or trying to play it safe hoping this may be enough to hold a position in the team.

Player "Confidence":-
It is important that all players feel part of the team and feel confident when they make a decision and not have the fear that if they make a mistake
they will be yelled at or criticized in a way that shuts them down.

Positive reenforcement:-
A good example would be If a player shoots for goal, rather than play a penetrating pass or play a simple pass to maintain posession, because
there was a genuine chance to score as the goalkeeper was out of their goals and the player was within their range; team mates need to encourage
such a moment and endorse this action they chose.

All players should learn all the options as presented in the "effective decision making process", learn to play with one another and to support
one another with a common goal. All players need to speak the same language and anticipate the play and circumstances in the same way.

Players should never feel intimidated. They should be encouraged, their imagination must be adventurous.

 

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**** In this Pyramid of Learning the Source for the following items belongs to:- : FFA/FFV - "4" Core Skills & "4" Main Moments

 

 

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About Forming a Circle of Trust

 

Forming a Player Circle & what it truly means when this is done...

"The Good, the bad and the ugly..."

Player Leadership & what it truly means ...

 

The Good:- When a team gets together and huddles up forming a team circle placing their arms together... they are forming a "united" symbol "binding" the team together as one.. An infinite symbol of trust amongst the group.

What is said within the boundaries of this "circle of trust" by the leadership group applies to the whole team and not just to the leadership group itself..

When you form a circle, each arm touches another arm joining and forming a solid chain. A trust symbols. This means what is said within this circle is passed on to and radiates to all and it does not stay with the person who says it.

 

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It is critical that the message passed on to the team is good, positive and in the best interests of the club- with the "club emblem" always paramount and protected. The message spoken is now the responsibility and accountability of all - it has now been passed on and belongs to all within this circle regardless of who said it and who did not.

The "bad & "ugly":- Sometimes players use this opportunity and form this symbol to air their frustration against another player, or a coach, maybe a support staff member or club emblem itself.

Players must realize the difference between the good and the ugly and report anything that goes against the emblem to the proper authority. If you say nothing and do not report the negative things said within the circle, then you are also accountable.