Common questions when selecting an offensive system:
1- What is a game system for?
2- Principles to take into account when selecting a game system?
3- How to develop it?
4- Rigidity vs flexibility
5- Roles and responsibilities ?
6- Description of the most used systems?
What is the game system for?
Its main function is the organization and order of the spaces to be occupied within the pitch.
But this is not all, a game system means many other things. It is a way of feeling and identifying the game.
Usually when the players succeed:
Understanding, interpret ion, feeling and identifying the game system, we can talk about the famous « a team that knows what it is playing ».
Principles for choosing a game system:
1- Knowing the characteristics of the players.
2- Knowing the philosophy and idiosyncrasies of the club or team.
3- Solutions to the loss of a player (superiority or inferiority).
4- Balance = I must take into account the defensive side (Defensive Transitions).
5- Interpretation & reading skills of the players
6- IDENTIFICATION + DECISION MAKING
How to develop the game system:
1- Training without opposition to create good connections between the players, the timing is very important in those drills.
2- Identify risk areas.
3- Corrections/adjustments of details during the practice.
4- Communication between staff and players.
5- Possible variants / reorganisation.
6- Establish roles and responsibilities.
7- Video analysis.
8- Training with opposition.
9- Competition (Friendly games).
Rigidity vs flexibility:
« There are coaches who prefer players who do only follow tactical orders and others coaches who prefer more creative players, who are taking decisions in the moment » .
The ideal would be to find a balance between the two kind of players.
Roles and responsabilities:
1- All players need to know very well their role within the game system.
2- Players need to know their strengths.
3- Adaptability to be able to fulfill other functions (e.g. defender who can attack)
5- Main principle: Play what you see