5 Reasons to Start Switching the Point of Attack
Every team needs to be able to switch the point of attack, the art of maneuvering the ball from one side of the pitch to another via short passing through the midfield, or a long chip, or driven ball that bypasses players in the center of the park on it's way to another teammate.
Here are five reasons your team should emphasize switching the point of attack as part of your buildup play.
1. Make the Field Big
After winning possession of the ball, your outside, or wing backs, and flank players, should get chalk on their heels by getting wide and making the field as big as possible.
Spreading out as you move the ball around your back-four, using combinations and quick two-touch short passing through the midfield, is incredibly hard to defend and can open up unique gaps and passing lanes for your team to exploit as you hunt for goals.
A longer, driven ball, to players positioned in wide ares also helps create a vast geography for your opponents to defend, forcing them to lose compactness and defensive solidity.
2. Pull Defenders Out of Position
Changing the point of attack from one side of the field to another is a great way to pull your opponent's defenders out of position, creating mismatches between players, and uncertainty in the minds of your adversaries that you can use to your advantage.
They won't know who to mark, who should become the pressuring defender, who stays for cover, or for balance, etc.
3. Create Overloads
Switching the point of attack with good ball speed will almost certainly create numerical advantages that your team can exploit, 2v1's, 3v2's, etc., are bound to occur in the outside channels if you can ping the ball across the grass, or whistle it through the air, from one touchline to another.
These overload situations are bound to create unique opportunities for your team to create goal scoring opportunities in the attacking-third.
4. Tire Opponents by Keeping the Ball
The ball will never get tired, your opponents will, however, if you can keep possession, shift, swing, and change the point of attack.
Make the other team chase shadows, by making the field big, playing side to side, and maintaining the ball to feet.
Resting in possession can be a fantastic way to dominate a match, allowing your team to maintain high energy reserves, will slowly sucking the spirit out of your opponent.
5. Win Corners
If you're switching the point of attack often, you're going to create overloads, you're going to create problems for your opponents on the edge of their box, these situations will lead to last-ditch defending, and will almost certainly lead to more corners being awarded to your team.
Value the advantage that can be gained from being given time and space to deliver a set piece into the danger zone of the 18-yard box from a corner.
If you start changing the point of attack more often, there is no telling how many corner-kicks your team can accumulate on match day, and these dangerous situations are going to lead to move goals for your team every time you take the pitch.