This essay analyzes the players in possession (attackers) shown in the video clip provided. It provides a description and analysis of the performance and addresses the basic techniques, skills and principles of play evident. It attempts to illustrate how the passage of play by the attackers could be improved upon through means of progression, development and composition with reference to relevant literature. Football thrives on success and as Smith, (1973) states ‘there is more written about promotion than regulation and cup winners rather than losers, which is why there is a need to progress in every aspect of the sport.' This is why each game unveils innovations in tactics and systems of play. ‘But despite the changing nature of the game, certain concepts of attack remain constant' (Luxbacher. (1999) P. 1) and goals win games!
[...] Game Specific progressions: Some final progression that could be made to this drill would be to introduce a two touch limit and then to introduce defenders, after this point the players should be capable of replicating this skill in a match situation. References: Journals: Matsumoto. Suzuki. K. (2001). Developing a coaching method of the players' combination attacking in soccer: play pattern of the third man move. Bulletin of Institute of Health and Sport Sciences, (24). Pp. 139-154 Books: Hargreaves. A. (1990) Skills [...]
[...] Luxbacher, (1999) states that ‘players should provide support without the ball so the player with the ball always has the possibility of a left or right pass, short pass, long pass or a pass up the middle.' The attacking team showed an understanding of these basic principles of attacking play throughout the ten second clip. The best example of this was at the start of the clip when the players where in a line across the pitch and the two players without the ball were both available to receive a pass as shown in fig 1. [...]
[...] Purpose: To encourage players to use good movement and play give and goes and to introduce a more complex and game specific understanding of the third man running skill. Organization - Same as previous. Key factors: Blue plays an accurate pass into red, yellow makes a well timed run around blue to receive a pass form red, good movement and communication by yellow to receive the pass, good communication and well timed movement and accurate passing. The final progression is shown in fig 7 below. [...]
[...] Purpose: To encourage players to use good movement and play give and goes and to introduce the concept of the third man running. Organization: The same as the first progression. Key factors: Support from red on the side of the pass, good movement and communication by blue to receive the pass, accurate, well timed pass by yellow or blue and yellow to make a third man run outside of blue. The third progression third man running training drill is shown in fig 6 below. [...]
[...] The play starts with the three attacking players in a straight single line across the pitch, the player to the left of the pitch will be known as player one, the middle player as player two and the right player as player three. It begins with player two under control of the ball, the ball is at his feet and he is in the middle of the pitch. A defender comes into close player two down and attempt to restrict his movement and narrow his ability to pass. [...]
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