|Country:||United States of America|
|Rank:||Elite – 6 points|
Focus: Affecting the player's decision when there is no pressure on the ball. Can the player receive the ball and identify the defenders positioning before his/her first touch and attack the space?
Amount of Pressure: Two Defenders - "Loose pressure". Split with space in between. #4 and #5 may be anticipating the ball to be passed out wide, thus exposing the center of the field. One recovering defender, running alongside may be introduced if players have done a good job of recognizing the space in between and taking it when able to.
Type of Pressure: No pressure or cover. #4 and #5 are split with space in between, anticipating a pass out wide. If #9 recognizes the space and starts to attack towards goal, (one) defender may attempt to recover and end up running alongside of the attacking player. Can the attacking player shield the defender off the ball? Can the attacker use a move they've already learned to create space from the defender? Or cut in the opposite direction to throw the defenders movement off balance?
Decisions looking to affect:
1. Ability to identify amount of pressure being applied to the ball, as the player receives it. Can we identify this prior to our first touch?
2. Choice to open up on the back foot or front foot depending on the defenders positioning. If there is no pressure, can we quickly open up on our back foot and attack the space ahead?
3. Can we look to shoot right away before the defenders recover?
4. If there is a recovering defender running alongside of you (chasing the ball), can you shield him/her off the ball? Is there also another way to create space away from that defender that allow you to have an opportunity on goal?
Moves: (A) Ronaldo Chop