Attacking Styles

An attacking style is a component playing style that relates to the overall use of a small number of complementary attacking methods.

The main attacking styles are:

Each of the main attacking styles is summarised below, with details of the following:

The extent to which it is appropriate for a team to implement each of the listed style-defining methods (including the key primary and secondary methods) depends on player suitability, the overall attacking risk level desired by the team’s manager and the preferences of the team’s manager.

Direct Plays

Direct plays is based on making long passes in order to penetrate space more directly. This is typically complemented to some extent with wide positioning to create space for long passes by stretching play and high tempo play to further increase the directness of penetration.

Key Primary Methods

Key Secondary Methods

Other Suitable Style-Defining Methods

Typical Tactical Structures

Responsibility Distribution

Typical Passing Range System

Attacking Risk

Direct plays involves taking on a fairly high overall level of attacking risk by focusing more on penetrating space. This can be balanced with the use of disciplined movement and tactical discipline, or by combining it with counter attacking football.

Player Suitability

Short Plays

Short plays is based on making short passes in order to create space by cycling possession and penetrate space more patiently. This is typically complemented to some extent with narrow positioning and low tempo play to make it easier to keep possession with short passes.

Key Primary Methods

Key Secondary Methods

Other Suitable Style-Defining Methods

Typical Tactical Structures

Responsibility Distribution

Typical Passing Range System

Attacking Risk

Short plays involves taking on a fairly low overall level of attacking risk by focusing more on keeping possession. This can be balanced with the use of roaming movement and creative freedom, or by combining it with offensive football.

Player Suitability