Mentality Systems

A mentality system is a part of a playing system that relates only to attacking mentality or defensive mentality playing methods along with any other particular group of playing methods.

A team implements its mentality systems by incorporating them into the tactical roles of its players using tactical instructions as appropriate.

Notable mentality systems include off the ball directness systems and passing range systems.

Off the Ball Directness Systems

A team’s off the ball directness system is a mentality system that relates to attacking mentality and off the ball directness attacking methods.

Typically, a team implements an off the ball directness system by combining the following attacking instructions for most individual outfield players:

  • Using a high risk mentality to a greater extent and making forward runs to a greater extent – a high risk mentality enables a player who stretches play to create space and penetrate space more effectively.

Exceptions

Possible exceptions include:

  • A player who is instructed to sit back to an average or greater extent in order to remain in more available space and receive short passes, but who is expected to focus more on penetrating space than on providing attacking support. For example, a technical number-ten.

Passing Range Systems

A team’s passing range system is a mentality system that relates to attacking mentality and passing range attacking methods.

Common types of passing range system include more direct, more progressive and balanced.

More Direct Passing Range Systems

A more direct passing range system is a passing range system that involves a team attempting to penetrate space in the early stages of build-up play from deeper areas and to keep possession and create space by cycling possession in more advanced areas.

Therefore, a team that tends to attempt to penetrate space quickly from deeper areas (as is the case with the defensive football core style) typically uses a more direct passing range system.

A team can implement a more direct passing range system by combining the following attacking instructions for most individual outfield players:

  • Using a high risk mentality to a greater extent and making short passes to a greater extent.
  • Using a low risk mentality to a greater extent and making long passes to a greater extent.

More Progressive Passing Range Systems

A more progressive passing range system is a passing range system that involves a team attempting to penetrate space in the latter stages of build-up play from more advanced areas and to continue patient build-up play and recycle possession in deeper areas.

Therefore, a team that tends to attempt to penetrate space in more advanced areas with a high level of attacking pressure (as is the case with the attacking football core style) typically uses a more progressive passing range system.

A team can implement a more progressive passing range system by combining the following attacking instructions for most individual outfield players:

  • Using a high risk mentality to a greater extent and making long passes to a greater extent.
  • Using a low risk mentality to a greater extent and making short passes to a greater extent.

Balanced Passing Range Systems

A balanced passing range system is a passing range system that involves players moving the ball over similar distances.

A team can implement a balanced passing range system by using a balance between the attacking instructions used in a more direct passing range system and those used in a more progressive passing range system as detailed above.

Exceptions

Possible exceptions include: