When in possession, you will want
to stretch the field in both directions - horizontally and vertically - as
much as possible.
Depth mainly means having the
striker push up as far as possible – right against the opposing last
This presents problems for the last
defender – who is now playing one v. one against the striker instead of
being the free player at the back. He can either drop back further to find
space – allowing the striker to push up yet more – or he can hold his ground
and play with the striker on his back.
In the figure below. the striker
(D2) is positioned well away from the last defender (D3). While he can get
the ball, his advantage zone is not very dangerous to the opponents.
Depth – poorly
In the figure below, the striker is
right up against the last defender, and has a dangerous advantage zone on
the edge of the box behind the near side defender (D1).
Depth - Well positioned striker
(The “advantage zone” is the area where the attacker can get to the ball
Just as we try to play compact on
defense, we want to play as wide as possible on offense. This stretches the
defense. When the attack is wide – and prepared to switch from side to side,
vertical passing lanes open up in the defense.
Width – Poorly organized attack
In Figure 24 above, everyone is
pushed together in the middle of the field. The lack of width means that
defenders and defending mids can jam up the center of the field, leaving
little room for attackers and no diagonal passing lanes.
There is no visible advantage zone,
and every opposing defender is well supported.
Width - Well organized attack
In Figure 25 above, a wider attack offers more options
and poses more problems for the defense. There is a dangerous advantage zone
right in the middle of the field, and D4 is not supported; if he is beaten
it could be 2 or even 3 vs.1 defender as A1 and A4 push up