Attacking Free-Kicks: Short
Now to move on to free-kicks. We’ll start with the short free-kick and this is a routine which I like to use as it is very open and offers your team plenty of choice in chance creation. There are plenty of ways of delivering a short free-kick, this is how I like to do it.
Once again, we presume the AMC is the free-kick taker. The more creative MC stands beside him to initiate the short free-kick. The two wingers are disrupting the wall for positional reasons, not tactical. Once the short free-kick is taken, the two wingers can run in to spaces behind or beside the wall and pick up a pass in dangerous attacking positions where they can cross, play a pass into a danger area or even shoot. We have three players going forward in to the box, while the striker marks the keeper so as to be in a position where he can slot home a rebound if it falls his way. As ever, we have two players staying back if needed to cover our bases.