Who crosses?
Where from?
High or low?





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 the goal.

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.



Wing 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


All of these take a lot of practice.