The philosophy can be summarized as follows:
The overall goal is to constantly put pressure on the opponent on and off the ball whilst keeping control at the same time.
To do that, we need to obtain the necessary technique. After that, we have to learn by experience and certain rules what decisions to make ingame. When we obtained a decent decision making, we can control the game. To start winning regularly, we have to put constant pressure on the opponent. When we can do all that, our game looks simple automatically. To stay on a certain level or get better, we shall never stop learning. Skip one of these points and the philosophy changes completely.
Following technical basics every player has to master:
In order to achieve a high level in these disciplines, we want to refer to the guides article.
In order to properly implement those complex strategies, not only capabilties at the controller are necessary but also psychological aspects, such as patience, self-criticism and willingness to learn.
Positional play comprises a large number of aspects. After all, they all have one thing in common. They pursue the fundamental goal of gaining different forms of superiorities in specific zones of the field.
From now on, when we talk about specific positions (or “zones” → “Zonal Play”) we will always talk about “lines” (like “line 1-3” or just “A” or “C”) and exact terms for each position (like “B4” or “D2”) for simplification.
Now let's talk about “phases” and “areas”.
→ Main article: Playroles in Positional Play
→ Main article: Formations and Systems
→ Main article: The Art of Domination
→ Main article: General Rules
→ Main article: Training drills