How to create and occupy spaces while building a game tactic

Dec. 22, 2017, 12:15 p.m.

How to create and occupy spaces while building a game tactic

When building the game strategy it is very important to find spaces to be able to progress towards the goal line in a successful way. The biggest amount of spaces are found in the sidelines, these are areas that the defensive team tend to leave more unprotected; however, the attack should be executed by the interior zone in order to score a goal.

In the interior zone there is an accumulation of players from both teams; for this reason, it is very important that those attackers without the ball unmark themselves to support and break towards the goal. This will allow them to receive the ball or to create spaces that a teammate can leverage.

Here are a few key points of how to successfully solve this game situation:

  • A player who has the ball without a opponent near and has spaces to move ahead, has to look for this progression by the conduction of the ball. This way, he’ll attract opponents and therefore, liberate teammates players who are marked.
  • A player who doesn’t have the ball and is oriented towards the game situation and with options to receive the ball from his teammate, but has a mark on him, must unmark himself to be able to receive the ball. In case his rival follows him, it must create a space for a teammate to leverage it and move towards a free zone.
  • There needs to be a commitment from the entire team. The team must think as a whole, not only about the individual. Most of the ball movements made by the attackers should have the purpose of benefiting a teammate, creating a free space for him.
  • The attackers who don’t have the ball must have a peripheral vision and not be centred exclusively on the teammate who has the ball. They must be able to interpret their surroundings and find free spaces to receive the ball.
  • They must practice the tactical term “darken”. which means that the attacker without ball, situates himself to the back of the opponent who is marking him. In this moment, the opponent can lose sight of him which then gives him options to receive the ball. In the image located at the top of this post, we can see that the player (10) moves towards the back and then surrounds player (8) to receive the ball from his teammate (5).