Add in another attacker and defender, or even two attackers and one defender, and that ratio of success drops very quickly.
But it is still a golden opportunity to make ground and even score. So, you need to increase the success rate, and you do this by creating as many scenarios as you can.
The principles remain the same. It’s the timing and intent that changes, depending on how the defence line up and move forward.
The key principles are:
Attack the defence to reduce their thinking time.
Attack the ball when you receive it.
Pass in front of the player so they catch and see the defence.
How about “inside shoulders”, “drawing the defender”, “square hips”?
Inside shoulders means attacking the defender so they are fixed in position to make the tackle. The ball carrier runs at the shoulder of the defender that is furthest from the next receiver. This draws the defender from that spare player. It is easier to do if the hips are facing up the pitch, in other words, square shoulders.
It is not, however, these aren’t principles. Because the defenders can be arriving from many different angles.
Here’s a collection of activities to work on the principles, and develop skills and understanding in a variety of scenarios.
Set up this problem for your players to solve and the solution might turn into a play. The extra attacker arrives from behind the front line and looks to attack different gaps.
The hidden third attacker can create space for the ball carrier and front line support player as the defenders might be drawn to potential threats. MORE
Use this activity to develop of knowing about "keeping square", that is facing up the pitch, to hold defenders. Plus how to "hold the feet" to keep the right sort of depth.
In a 4 v 2, especially in a very tight space, the attack will fail unless they can fix (hold) defenders and have space to pass the ball. There is little depth in the box, forcing the attackers to "hold" their runs. MORE
The classic 2 v 1 exercise doesn’t work well with young players. Don’t give up on it though. Try out these ideas to work on this crucial decision-making area of the game.
A 2 v 1 exercise has the ball carrier fixing the defender before passing to a support player. However, for young players, this doesn’t work well. MORE
We have plenty of tag resources on this site, and I’m keen to ensure they can easily be upgraded into full sessions. Perhaps they won’t be doing much rucking, but there’s plenty else to learn from tag beginnings. MORE
In essence, I wanted to create defensive games which would force attacking teams to realign with more depth. The rewards were aimed squarely at the defence. If they were successful, they would either gain the ball, or in the case of the overloaded game (where there were more attackers than defenders), they would move over into the attacking team. MORE