2.01 BREAKING FREE AND COLLECTIVE PLAY
(b) BREAKING FREE IN GROUPS OF FIVE
Exercise where the accent lies on moving away from the defender
A ball for each group of five, with a space of 20 x 20 metres. The players are numbered.
A. Number 1 is the attacker, Number 2 defends and Numbers 3,4 and 5 assist the attacker. Everyone may move freely within the space. The attacker always gets the ball back from his/her team-mates. The defender is free to try to intercept the ball. After 30 seconds, change the functions with Number 3 attacking and Number 4 defending. Continue until everyone has tried both functions. No balls on the floor!
B. As A, but now the instruction is that the attacker must always turn away from the defender. In this way, the ball can easily be played to a team-mate or a pass received. This is sometimes called “keeping the defender behind your back.”
C. As A, but now the assist players stand in a triangle 15 metres away from each other. This makes the exercise more difficult for the attacker.
D. It becomes even more difficult if the attacker is required to pass the ball in a given order to his/her team-mates. The attacker now has to run a circuit and the attacker knows where the ball is going and the movement of the attacker. Now lots of balls will be intercepted or at least touched.
E. Exercise C once again, but the attacker should learn from experience and turn away from the defender to create space for him/herself