Attacking Styles

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

Attacking styles include:

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 primary and secondary style methods detailed below depends on player suitability, the overall tactical 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 directly.

Long passes are 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 Style Method

Typical Primary Style Methods

Common Secondary Style Methods

Tactical Risk

Typical overall attacking risk level: high - focuses more on penetrating space.

Tactical risk can be balanced to some extent with the use of disciplined movement, safe passes or tactical discipline, or by compositing direct plays with the defensive football core style or the containment defensive style.

Typical Forward Movement Partnerships

Typical Passing Range System

Typical Number-Ten

Tactical Organisation

Tactical reorganisation frequency typically required:

Typical speed of tactical transition:

Counter attacking is typically used to a greater extent due to a typically quick attacking transition.

However, consolidating possession is particularly useful due to a typically high overall attacking risk level.

Player Suitability

Players who play in midfield and attack in particular:

At least one player assigned an attacker playing position:

Short Plays

Short plays is based on making short passes in order to keep possession, create space by cycling possession and penetrate space patiently.

Short passes are typically complemented to some extent with narrow positioning and low tempo play to make it easier to keep possession with short passes.

Key Primary Style Method

Typical Primary Style Methods

Common Secondary Style Methods

Tactical Risk

Typical overall attacking risk level: low - focuses more on keeping possession.

Tactical risk can be balanced to some extent with the use of roaming movement, risky passes or creative freedom, or by compositing short plays with the attacking football core style or the aggressive pressing defensive style.

Typical Forward Movement Partnerships

Typical Passing Range System

Typical Number-Ten

Tactical Organisation

Tactical reorganisation frequency typically required:

Typical speed of tactical transition:

Consolidating possession is typically used to a greater extent in the attacking transition phase due to a typically slow attacking transition.

However, breaks are particularly useful due to a typically low overall attacking risk level.

Player Suitability

Players who play in midfield and attack in particular: