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Some ways to support

How did the ball carrier use their support and how did the support players maintain possession or go forward?

Here are some of the ways you might have spotted.


Close to the ball carrier

The players around the ball carrier may receive the next pass.

What sort of pass might that be? And when? We will find out a bit later.

The ball carrier should be aware of those support players.

How are they aware? When will they use them?


Close, far and late

Some support players are close to the ball carrier and might expect the next pass.

Some support players are possibly going to take a long pass, or pass after the pass. Or may be involved in the phase of play.

Some support players are “late”. They need to think about how they might support, not the ball carrier now, but what happens next.

The ball carrier can use support players to attract defenders too.


Realignment

Support players need to reposition themselves for the next phase of play.


Using the support players

The ball carrier maintains possession and passes the ball to players in a better position.


Different depths

Support players need to be a position to take the pass. Depth means the distance up and down the pitch between the ball carrier and the support player.

In this picture we can see both support 1 and support 2 can run onto the pass.


Support is therefore about

  1. Maintaining possession
  2. Keeping going forward

It is about the player with the ball and the players “off the ball”.

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