Wing-based attacks are designed to
release wide players behind the defense, so that they have a good chance
of making an accurate cross to strikers or attacking midfielders in front of
Long ago, soccer used 5 forwards,
including two very wide players who were called wingers. Today, teams play
with at most three forwards. Most use two or even one, so specialized
wingers are less common.
In their place we find many
variations on the wing based attack. Sometimes the winger is the wide
midfielder; sometimes he is an overlapping defender, sometimes a striker
making a run into space. This flexibility makes wing based attacks more
difficult to defend against.
attacks are based on three principles:
getting behind the wing defender
making the right cross
getting the striker to the right place at the right time
these take a lot of practice.