To change the point of attack to either prevent the unnecessary loss of possession or to create space to make a better angle to play a penetrating ball forward
Organisation - Practice 1
Players split into groups of 4.
They simulate the movements of switching the ball to rotate the ball from left to right.
1) If the Full back has the ball, the 1st centre half should give an angle 15-20 yards behind and inside him for support. The 2nd centre half should then be inside and just behind the 1st centre half to give a little depth and a 2nd option if the 1st centre half is blocked off. The opposite full back should be tucked in and just in front of the two centre halves to give defensive cover to prevent a 2 on 2 counter attack.
2) As the ball is played to either centre half, the opposite full back should instantly look to give a forward angle to a wide position to receive the ball. His run should be arked, so that he can meet the ball. Otherwise if he runs straight to the line, the ball will be running away from the ball.
3) As the ball is played to the opposite full back, both centre halfs should give supporting angles and the original full back tuck into give defensive cover. Their position should be opposite to their positions in point 1.
Organisation - Practice 2
Two lines of 4 defenders and 4 midfielders take to the pitch.
They play a pattern of passes to include the defence and the midfield in drawing the opposition (imaginary) in before switching play.
1) The midfield supporting angles are similar to those of the back four except not as deep. Also the second midfielder does not have to give an angle but may instead take up a higher position.
2) When any of the defenders have the ball, the central midfielders should make horizontal runs across the pitch so not to crowd the space of the defenders.
3) The closest wide midfielder's run should initially be more forward to back to create space.
4) The opposite wide midfielder's run and timing is similar to that of the opposite full back.
Play a pattern of play to switch play to include all 3 departments
1) depth of the units
2) when to have defensive cover
3) when and how to get wide
4) height/depth in support
5) defence splitting runs
6) timing of runs to receive