In the attacking phase of the game we have two categories of players:
The Ballcarrier’s task is to make a decision, to who should I pass the ball and then execute
the decision. If the ballcarrier has more options – his or her’s level of game insight is really
put to the point; Which one of the teammates position is the best for my pass?
We often have to much of a focus on the ballcarrier’s ability to perceive and asses – and therefore we
value his or her’s decision to choose the best passing option as the only factor in their decision
making (game insight).-
No matter how good the ballcarrier is, it is always dependent on the actions of his teammates. The
actions from the teammates will decide the ballcarrier’s decision making.
Conclusion: In the definition of Game Insight – the ballcarrier and teammates should be
considered as equal
The game of soccer is directional. Which means that the most optimal pass is forward and
surpassing (bypassing) opponents, because the game is based on scoring goals (one more
goal than opponent preferably).
In order to accomplish this the teammates must act so that they can give the ballcarrier
passing options forward and behind the opponent. This sets out high demands on the
teammates decision making; Which position is the best in order to make it easier for the
ballcarrier. The ballcarrier in his/her turn needs to decide which passing option is the best depending
where he/she is.
Coclusion. The teammates must the ones first to act before the ballcarrier can make his decision. The
quality of the ballcarrier’s decision stands in relation to how many of his teammates have acted, thus
giving more passing options.
A ballcarrier passes the ball to a teammate and therefor becomes a teammate and must act
accordingly immediately. And this is probably by far the one, if not most frequent situation that
happens when the team has the ball.
One the hardest moments for younger players (even older ones too). Often the action is delayed
because the player who just was a ballcarrier is observing the result of his or her’s pass and even
sometimes they feel that they already done their job. This takes practice to quickly switch between
the roles which is crucial while you’re attacking.