Attacking tactics is very hard to generalize since
there are numerous ways to form an attack.
The basis for all attack is the defence. The better
defence the more attacks.
When obtaining control of the ball, the attack must
be formed quickly. The faster the attack is formed the more difficult
it is for the opponent to defend. When starting an attack the first pass
is critical. It is therefore very important that the player with the ball
use the five seconds at hand to make sure that the first pass is safe.
An easy way to quickly generate this free space is
to spread out on the field. The players without the ball move out to the
sides while the player with the ball move into the centre of the field.
This automatically generates a lot of passing opportunities [Figure
1]. If all players are still defended the next step is for them to
Figure 1 also shows a special tactic called "the
train". Players C and D follow each other along the sideline.
If none of the above tricks works the last way out
is a pass back to the goalkeeper.
The "give and go" is a quite simple move that can be useful in many situations. "Give and go" means passing a teammate, run towards the opponents' goal and get the return pass while in motion.
Many defenders have a tendency to keep their eyes
on the ball at all times, which is a quite normal reaction. Thus, when
the first pass is made they move their sight to the teammate receiving
the ball. This leaves the player passing the ball unattended for a short
while just enough for him/her to run past the defender and get ready for
the return pass.
An effective way of generating free space while playing
against a unified defence is the use of screening.
Screening is extremely effective against a slow and inexperienced defence.
Another effective attacking tactic are the use of "moving patterns". This is the way the team is moving on the court in order to generate an efficient attack. A good offensive team has many "moving patterns" memorized making it easy to generate free space and making it difficult for the defenders to organize an effective defence.
Moving patterns are normally the last tactic skill a player learns. When teaching moving patterns it is important that all players know each other well. The use of these patterns must be improvised. It is up to the players to decide which pattern to use at each occasion respectively.
The greatest difficulty when using "moving patterns" is to choose the right pattern at the right time and get all the team mates to use the same pattern. This must be done on the fly during the game otherwise the attack usually fail "big time".
A simple moving pattern is the one described in the section "Starting an attack" above.
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