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Wing Play
Wing play can be a very effective way to penetrate strong defensive teams.
Anybody can do it ,but to be effective you have to practice it...a lot
                                       Raffaele Tomarchio


Experts agree that attacking on the wings is one of the best ways to penetrate opposition de-
fenses. This is also in line with one of the principles of attacking play, which is the creation
of width.
Defending teams always try to compact the area around the ball. By creating width, the de-
fending team loses their compactness and therefore become more vulnerable.
When attacking on the wing, there are certain benefits to consider:

1. Crossess create good scoring opportunities.
2. Crossing in the box may create favorable situations for the attacking team in terms of sec-
    ond opportunities, or to continue an attack.
3. Quality crosses are hard to defend ,causing a degree of uneasiness for defenders.
4. If ball possession is lost after a cross in the penalty box, there is no danger of a negative
    transition, as the majority of the players from the attacking team are positioned behind
    the line of the ball, and the attackers near the ball can apply immediate pressure.
In order to have successful wing attacks that produce goals, the technical elements of receiv-
ing/crossing the ball and finishing, must be practiced and perfected. Attacking on the wings
can be achieved with ease at any level, as long as a coach makes it part of their training plan.
The following is a sample session that can be used for players u14 and up to improve wing
play effectiveness.
We can use this phase to introduce the players to the topic of the session, in this case, wing
play. Here are two examples of exercises that can be used:

                   Exercise 1
In a 40x40 (yards) space two teams of five or
six players play a hand-ball game. Two players
from each team are positioned in the outside
grids. When the outside players receive the ball
they proceed down the line without being
tackled by the opposition and cross the ball.
Each time a goal is scored either by header, or
volley from a cross, the attacking team gets 3
points, otherwise if they score they will get a
                   Exercise 2
Two teams of eight players play in half of the
field. (Fig 2)One keeper plays around the mid-
field circle, while the other plays in an area
double the size of the six yard box. The
objective of the game is for the players in the
green area to cross the ball to one of their team-
mates which will try to kick or head the ball
with one touch towards the keeper, not the goal.
If that happens, the team in possession retains
the ball and attacks the opposite goal, otherwise                                          Fig2
the other team will get the ball. The team that is
able to score 3 consecutive times wins the game.
                Technique Training

Play starts with a midfielder player passing the
ball to a wide player, which will dribble it down
the line and will cross it thru two cones 5 yards
Apart to any if the 3 target areas. Players work
both sides.
• Add 2 defenders
• Add 1 midfielder
                 Situational Play
This next exercise takes place in and around the
penalty area. Two teams of four ,one defending and one attacking inside the penalty area, and
a third team outside, with two players crossing the ball and two others acting as supporting
players and collecting balls for the crossers.(Fig 4)

Each play will start with a cross.The attacking team will score three points if the goal is scored
by a volley, two points by header, and one point after the ball touches the ground.Every time
the ball goes out of play, the game is
immediately started by a player from the opposite
side with a cross.
Each team will attack for five minutes and the
team that scores the most goals will win.This
exercise is designed to give the attacking players
constant opportunities to score from crosses
and for the defending players, a realistic platform
to learn how to deal with different types of
crosses and situations.
                                        Situational Play

                Group Tactics

This is a 5v3 functional session, with a server,
two strikers, and two outside players for the
attacking team vs three defenders and a keeper
for the defending team. The coach will focus
on the technique of crosses from the outside
players, the runs and finishing of the strikers.
(Fig 5)

                                           7v5 or 7v6

                                          Team Play

Two teams of six players, plus two neutral players, and two keepers play against each other in
half field divided in three areas: 2 outside areas
of 10 yard, each used by the neutral players,
two areas the size of the penalty area, and a
central zone.(Fig 6)

1.The neutral players play with the team in
possession of the ball
2.One point when a goal is scored from any-
3.Two additional points when the goal is scored
from crosses.
(neutral players have only two touches before a cross.)
4.Midfielders have to remain in the middle zone until the neutral players
receive the ball.

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