Category Archives: Spacing

Attacking Overload Handball


  • an interesting variation on handball
  • I think I like the no restrictions on offense, zones on defense rule
  • I do like, though, the application of zones to handball

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Attacking with Depth


  • a 3 v 3 + 3 (or similar, based on numbers)
  • the 3 v 3 plays in the 18 to goal
  • the +3 start with the ball above the 18
  • the +3 pass to find seams for service or in the defense
  • the 3 v 3 move and attack from the entry pass of the +3
  • the 3 v 3 can pass back to the +3
  • the defense can’t defend the +3

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Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking – 2 v 2 + 3 v 3

  • 2 v 2 in a small box with defending team starting with the ball
  • When attacking team wins the ball in the box, it plays out of the box to its team on the outfield
  • The game is then live
  • Progression
  • Shift the square / 2 v 2 to a corner (rather than centered) and focus on switching the field as the team builds out of the back

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Ian Barker – Building Out From The Back [SCCC 17] – Building From the Back Game

  • Coach stands with an x v x (this was 4 v 4 I think)
  • Player plays ball to coach
  • Coach plays long to goalie (maybe 20 yards away)
  • Play starts with goalie, who then (initially not playing with hands) finds his defenders for a quick outlet
  • Defenders then build the attack
  • Game is otherwise live

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  • Progression: Identify a #9 / high striker; play must go through the #9 before a goal can be scored
  • Work on identifying passing lanes: if defenders go wide, middies shouldn’t go as wide and find that channel for the defenders to find them:

  • Progression: full 7 v 7 but all play starts with the goalie; no throws, corners, etc. (and so all balls in net)

5 v 5 Attack on the Dribble

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4 v 4 First Touch Game

I might want to include a crease in front of the goals; I can see the defenders, especially if their not live-defending, just parking themselves in front of goal, but otherwise I like it.

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8 v 8 Focus on Midfielders

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