Teamwork – The Best Way To Score

What are the elements in a great goal?

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On the video you can see examples of great teamwork, which led to great goals.

From analyzing the goals on this video I came up the with 5 elements that featured in each goal and helped produce these goals, which for my taste, are much better than the long distance piledrivers or the virtuoso bicycle kicks.

1. The short pass back

Almost every goal featured a pass back by a player in the centre to a player with his face to the goal. The player who passed back usually turned and started running towards the goal. In basketball or hockey it’s called “Give-and-go”. A give-and-go is a fundamental manoeuvre in many team sports which involves two players passing the ball back and forth. The player who has the ball passes to a teammate and then repositions in order to receive a return pass. In football it opens up the defence much better than a long ball. Especially on the counter attack.

2. Three players run towards the goal

In every goal at least three attacking players ran aggressively towards the rivals’ goal. This “blitz” leaves the defence questioning who’s more dangerous and usually leaves the defenders confused.

3. On the ground crosses

A high cross features in only one goal. High crosses are not an effective tool really. It’s better to keep the ball to on the ground despite the fact that we tend to love the overlapping full-back who “whips it in” and the occasional thunderous header by the striker.

4. One-two combinations

The quicker the one-two pass, the faster space opens up for effective dribbling/shooting/passing.  The one-two combination is the simplest attacking play but still the most effective.

5. Very little dribbling

The best attacking moves feature very little dribbling. That’s because the ability to open up the defence with a dribble is reserved to very special players, who are very special and therefore not very common on the playing fields. Dribbling is usually easier to predict for a defender because it’s only one man’s decision making system involved in that action. Two or three passes get at least 2 or 3 brains involved in one attacking move – which means it’s less predictable for the defenders.


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