Flat runs  
 

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Itís hard to get much of an advantage from a standing start. So attackers can make a flat run across the defense, parallel to the end line, just in front of the defense. Then they make a cut up-field toward the goal just as the ball is played.

This kind of run is especially dangerous in two situations:

  • against an offside trap
  • along the edge of the penalty box

Defenders have no time to react after the cut, before the attacker has reached shooting range. The Barca offense uses several different flat runs to free up attackers.

Flat run to beat the offside trap

Here A2 makes the flat run, and A3 releases the pass just as A2 is level with D2. at that point, A2 has a huge advantage, because D2 cannot get to the ball without fouling A2. The actual pass is quite short, so it is hard to defend, and happens very quickly.

If the defender cheats over to cover the flat run and through pass, he become vulnerable to a diagonal pass behind his back.

Note that once again, timing and communications are everything. Determined repetitive practice creates the link between attacking players that make this play work

 

 

 

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