Change the point of attack

Exercise description:

Area: The area is designed to suit the ability of your players. Two balls are going at the same time to avoid players waiting. Above, we show combinations that force the players to move the ball quickly and shift the point of attack. Mannequins are used to mimic defenders. If you do not have these, a coach could stand in this position.

1. The first combination shows up back and through.

2. The second combination finishes with a give-and-go between the wide player and the forward.

3. The third combination shows a longer pass hit wide and then a third player run.

Come up with combinations that help the player and that suit your style of play.


Coaching points: Body shape. 1-2 touch mentality. Quality of pass. Understand where to place the pass. Quick movement into space to support. Triangulate. Communication. Decision-making, think ahead.

Intended outcome:

  • To help the players visualize and feel what things could look like when we switch the ball.

  • Improving the player's technical ability.

  • Give the players ideas of how to switch the point of attack.

  • Get them to understand how quickly the ball needs to move.

  • To gain confidence when we are in possession of the ball and understand when to see that the team is trapped.


Come up with more combinations of your own that suit your playing style.

Technical / Tactical:

  • 1-2 touch mentality

  • Visualize - See the game

  • Communication

  • Quality passing

  • First touch

  • Body shape - receive the ball on the back foot


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Be willing to move

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space

  • Be ready on the balls of your feet

  • Visualize shielding the ball


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the combinations of the exercise. 

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Visualize

Possible Performance Problems:

Unrealistic passing and movement. Players must visualize themselves in a game situation.

Passing is not accurate (to the correct foot)

Players are not receiving the ball with an open body shape and on their back foot.