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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #9 Attacking Phase: Create Gaps and Skip Lines

By RSL AZ, 10/26/23, 2:00PM MST


The RSL AZ Learning Center is back with new curriculum. If you missed any of the previous posts see below. 

Week #1 - Attacking Phase: Creation & Use of Space
Week #2 - Defending Phase: Close DGC & Prevent Penetration
Week #3 - Attacking Phase: Draw Defense & SPOA
Week #4 - Defending Phase: Set the Trap
Week #5 - Attacking Phase: Counter Press
Week #6 - Defending Phase: Establish Possession: Connect Passes out of Pressure
Week #7 - Attacking Phase: Box Cross
Week #8- Defending Phase:  Close Down Wide Area and Deny Service

Week #9 Attacking Phase

TACTICAL PRINCIPLECreate Gaps and Skip Lines


  • Create gaps by switching the ball & OPENING UP(WIDTH)
  • Pressure on the ball, midfielders showing to support(drawing defenders to play behind them first or combine with short-short(layoff) & then long: SKIP LINES & find FWDs)
  • Mids spin out & look to support if lines are skipped
  • NO pressure on the ball, midfielders moving away to find gaps
  • Complimentary movement of Mids off the ball(don’t have 2 players showing into same space)
  • MFs SCANNING to find gaps(space) and move into it to be an option
  • Receive with open body shape to play forward
  • Playing into MFs “front” foot to encourage them to play fwd