Leading & positioning

Leading & Positioning: players need to be able get into good positions if they want to receive the ball. Leading well allows you to have more time on the ball and to make better decisions. There are various types of leads you can make and can vary depending upon your position. Timing is a crucial factor to consider as a great lead is not great unless your timing is spot on. Great leading comes from understanding the player on the ball as well as your ability to anticipate what is going to happen next.

If the player carrying the ball is uncontested, lead behind the defenders to stretch the defence but if the ball carrier is contested, make yourself available in front or alternatively, lead wide towards the outside of the pitch away from the defenders. Do not lead too early as this will alert the defenders, wait until the last possible moment.

Leading & positioning – creating space

Leading & positioning – leading

Leading & positioning – receiving moving towards goal

Receiving moving towards goal

A sequence, which nullifies the opponents opportunity to intercept the ball, is know as cueing, and is described below

Leading & positioning – making space

Leading & positioning – receive away from the defender