Off the line describes a wide player who moves from a wide area into central areas to receive the ball. The term refers to his movement off the touchline.
A player can move into space from the wide areas to exploit a team that is blocking your wingers – needs good weight of pass and awareness of both passer and receiver which means communication must be a high priority when using this tactic.
The reason for a player to move off the line can vary:
- To receive a pass to feet.
- To receive a pass behind the defence.
- To create space on the outside for a team mate.
How do I coach this tactic?
Play a 4v4 game and every time the ball goes out restart from the halfway line with a player moving off the line – no throw‑ins.