How to define it?
The key factor in the offensive organization is ball possession. Thus, I am able to start my attacking strategy. The main goal of this moment is to disturb the opponent defensive´s structure in order to create opportunities to finish the play (as shown in the video below).
The offensive organization consists of four phases:
It is the beginning of the offensive process. Usually it is played in the defensive field of the team in possession and it is maintained until progressing into the consolidation phase.
At this stage, the possession is kept around the central part of the field where the players must, constantly, seek opportunities to enter into the penetration zone or to reorganize the game returning the ball back to the build up area.
It is a zone where opportunities to break through the last “barrier” in the opponent’s defensive system are created, either by a colective or an individual play, in order to generate finishing situations.
It is the final stage, where the entire offensive process might be completed by finishing in goal.
It is important to highlight that a key factor in football is to “take over” field. Thus, considering the 4 stages cited, we believe that keeping ball possession from the consolidation area on would be the ideal scenario because it gives constant danger to the opponent.
We all know that this attitude sometimes cannot be put into practice, however, it is very common to see teams which, mistakenly, have ball possession for a long period in the build-up zone and as a result they end up exposing unnecessarily their defense as well as “giving away” field to the opponent .
To these two behaviors we call active and passive possession. Knowing the difference between one and another approach is what makes great teams stand out.
There are still the teams which prefer a more direct game, skipping phases by using long balls and hoping to take advantage out of it. Although, having always the ball “in the air” makes the game be more unpredictable.
So, which approach would you choose?
Have good training sessions!