Attacking soccer is designed to score goals. And attacking systems must
answer one simple question: how are you going to score your goals?
are six basic answers. Each has advantages (proís) and disadvantages
Wing-based attacks (either down one wing or both). Proís: attacks
through areas that are weakly defended; exploits speedy wingers; crosses can
be very difficult to handle. Conís: attack starts far from goal; relies on
good cross AND aggressive and effective strikers in front of goal
Long ball soccer aimed at one or two target attackers. Proís: leaves
midfielders mainly playing defense, so hard to break down; exploits big
strong speedy strikers; low immediate risk. Conís: often loses possession;
no support for attackers; works poorly against defense playing with a
Center channel attacks, using wall passes and mobility to release
players through the middle. Proís: operates close to goal; exploits skilled
attackers and midfield; difficult to defend when done right. Conís: operates
in most congested area; requires skilled players; needs very good timing.
Barca triangle offense, which uses the wings but only to set up deep
penetration into the penalty area. Proís: attacks weakly defended areas;
does not require cross. Conís: Depends on penetration; very tight timing of
Dead-ball teams. Heavy focus on free kicks and corners. Proís: teams
concentrate on defense most of the time, giving little away. Dead ball
attack can be practiced until nearly perfect. Conís: boring, not really good
Counter-attack teams. Heavy focus on defense and set attacking
plays. Proís: solid defense. Exploits speedy, skilful midfield and forwards.
Conís: Depends on opponents pressing forward and leaving gaps at the back.
Most teams use of a
combination, but tend to lean on one or at most two of these systems most of