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England teams aim to dominate possession intelligently, selecting the right moments to progress the play and penetrate the opposition.
To do so, we aim to develop England players with outstanding skills and decision-making abilities in all four aspects of the in-possession philosophy:
The fluid nature of the game means each aspect of possession is closely linked. Similarly, possession may be lost at any stage, prompting a transition to the defensive philosophy.
The future England goalkeeper will play an important role in all aspects of the in-possession playing philosophy.
Intelligent ball retention will be prioritised with all England age-group teams
Incisive counter-attacking is a key part of the in-possession philosophy
Counter-attacking is the execution of quick and incisive attacking play with the aim of exploiting opponents’ defensive state to create goalscoring opportunities.
Why is counter-attacking important?
Counter-attacking is one of the most effective methods of creating goalscoring opportunities in open play.
How does counter-attacking happen?
Dribbling, running with the ball, incisive passing and effective support play are key aspects of counter-attacking. Counter-attacking aims to exploit space, eliminate opponents and create goalscoring opportunities.
England goalkeepers play a crucial role in initiating counter-attacks and will be challenged to exploit attacking opportunities using a variety of distribution techniques to deliver the ball effectively over varying distances.
Quick free-kicks and throw-ins are other ways of creating counter-attacking opportunities.
RETAINING THE BALL
England teams aim to dominate possession with the aim of creating opportunities to penetrate the opposition and create goalscoring chances.
What are the benefits of effective ball retention?
Ball retention allows teams to manage the momentum of a game, requiring a patient and controlled approach.
How does ball retention happen?
A combination of intelligent passing, dribbling, and support play all contribute to effective ball retention.
England goalkeepers will play a key role in this phase of play, fulfilling the role of the 11th outfield player and adopting effective positions to support the play.
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