Basic Organisation: 6 attacking players just inside grid providing width and depth. 6 defending players in the middle. 3 additional attackers between defensive lines. Objectives: 6 attacking players aim to retain possession and penetrate defensive lines to feed 3 attackers between lines. 6 defenders aim to prevent passes through to central attackers and
Basic Organisation: Main area with 5 attackers and 4 defenders. Two mini goals behind defenders. Two gates and an ‘end zone’ behind attackers. Ball returns to attacking team for each restart. Objectives: Attacking team look to move opponents and create space/lanes to progress through and score in one of the two mini goals.
Basic Organisation: Attacking team begin with a 5+GK vs 2 inside the first phase of build-up. Grid ends approx 25 yards out from goal. 3 additional defending players are positioned just outside the grid. Further forward, 2 attackers flank the last man on the defending team. Small goal either side of centre-circle. Objectives:
Basic Organisation: 4 zones on both halves of the grid. Both teams have a player in each of the four zones in their half, with two teammates positioned near the two mini goals in the opponents half. Defending players must stay in their zones, strikers can move between zones to receive but must stay
Basic organisation: 7 attackers form rondo shape inside grid. 1 additional attacker positioned in the centre. 5 defenders positioned inside the rondo. Objectives: Attacking players must get the ball into the pivot player as many times as possible. One point is given each time he receives possession. Once he has the ball, he
Basic Organisation: 2 separate identical grids. Each with two start/end zones seperated by middle zone. In one of the grids, the reds are the attacking team and have two players in both the start and end zone, as well as two players in the middle zone. Two yellow players also occupy the middle zone
Basic Organisation: Begin with 5 attacking players in grid on one side of the field. ‘Switcher’ for attacking team positioned outside the possession grid at the half-way line. Additional attacker positioned in the far half-space. Defending team begin with 2 players inside box. 3 more defenders start on the edge of the penalty area.
During their incredible 2018/19 campaign, Erik ten Hag’s Ajax represented football at it’s most intelligent. Of course, he hasn’t reinvented the wheel; much of his philosophy has been inspired by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola. However, he isn’t a replica of his role models either and has been brave enough to apply