Using Width in Attack

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on using the width of the field in attack.

This activity uses half a field with a full sized goal. The field is broken into thirds with two lines going from the end line to the the midfield line 10 yards in from each end line. There is a keeper in each goal and an attacking player in each wide zone. In the middle zone is a 3 v 4.


The rules in this game are quite simple. No defending player can enter either wide area until the ball has entered that wide area. As soon as the ball has gone out wide, as many defenders as so choose can enter that area


As soon as the ball leaves a side zone, the defender must leave as well

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The idea here is for the wide players to maintain their width unless there is a reason to move to the middle. If the defenders get lazy and lose sight of the wide players they can quickly get to goal


It is important to play with regular offside rules.

There are many ways to use this type of activity to work with a team. It’s a great way to work on spreading the field offensively while at the same time working on defensively compressing the field. With some variations, you can add target players, central backs and much more.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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