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German Top Level Tactics – Drill 1.5

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This is a drill out of the ebook: Fundamental Attacking Strategies:

Organization: In a field (12mx24m) is being played 4 v 4 plus 3 neutral players with the aim to hold the ball as long as possible. One neutral player is situated in the field, while the two others occupy the short sides. If the ball leaves the field, the coach introduces a new ball.

Coaching: Red tries to hold own ball possession as long as possible. If one of the outside-players is in ball possession, A and B position widely. If now the neutral player B positions in the center (as a center midfielder), the blue players will be moved as much out of the compound that the gap pass is possible to play. If the center is covered, it could be opened over A or B. During the further play, the quality of B is demanded, who could be attacked from all directions in the center. To keep calm and to head for a free passing option characterizes this player.
Blue defends in a numerical disadvantage. The first defensive line A and B mirror two forwards, who need to defend against a superior number of players (as for example a back line of 3 or 4 players). They intercept passes through the center and direct the attacks over the wing-positions. A gain of the ball is on the positions C and D realistic. C and D are in expectation to interfere passes to C and D. Trained is the optimal distance to the potentially passed to opponent. C and D shall neither stand to close (their opponent would not be passed to), nor too far apart (they would not be able to enter a duel).

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German Top Level Tactics

Part 1: Fundamental Attacking Strategies!

– Tactical Principles
– Analysis of Situations in the Game
– A Variety of Practices and How to Coach Them

Author: Steven Turek (with help and prologue by Ralf Peter)
Edited by Peter Schreiner
Translated by: Tjorben Becker
Editor: Institute of Youth soccer, Essen, Germany (

Dear Coaching-Colleagues,ralf-peter-600

the soccer-game today is as seen from a defensive point of view, shaped by the ball-orientated defending. The defensive chain of four players is not even in the lower leagues a sensation anymore. Spaces to play shrink and thus, the attacking play is made more difficult. Therefore, it is important to create strategies against tight defensive formations. But even sophisticated attacking strategies only function if certain fundamental principles are well developed. Eminently important for this purpose is it to cleverly open and use spaces and passing-lanes. This includes individual technical skills and abilities as well as a developed and aligned group-tactical behavior.

The idea behind this eBook: Based on definite match-situations, solutions will be presented which can be trained in small groups as well as in a complex exercise.

I came to know Steven Turek as a young talented coach. It was my pleasure to help him converting the idea and accompanying him with the creation of this eBook. It contains and provides knowledge of tactical analyses and attractive exercises usable for coaches of all levels.

We hope that the eBook contributes to the improvement of your team’s performance.

Enjoy reading and wishes

Ralf Peter

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