The triangulation methodology in Football and its importance both offensively and defensively
The triangles are formed automatically, on many occasions although we do not realize it in almost all the games in all the game systems, now quite another thing is that we train with training methods such as the Pons Method, which allow us to promote the creation of triangulations systemic both in defense and attack.
Because it favors fluidity in the game, favors the understanding of the game by footballers, focuses on synergies between players and improves decision-making to counter the rival, and to be able to carry out the competition in a more structured, more complex way , but at the same time, created from simplicity.
Triangles consist of three edges and three vertices, that is why triangles are easy to teach because it is born from simplicity, so from my point of view it is the best to provide a club with a clear methodology, because it is easy understanding for players. For this reason, in my view, since I have been doing it all my life, as a sports director and as a coach around the world, it is the ideal methodology to promote grassroots football.
What is created by forming triangles?
The creation, improvement, prioritization, and focus on short passes is encouraged, under the gaze of a common idea of the game, in order to know how to differentiate, in which areas to perform low-intensity triangles, or in which areas the intensity of the pass, and of the continuous movements must increase. The purpose is that the player knows 100% his position and that of his teammates, and is endowed with an exquisite decision-making so that he decides the rhythm, intensity, movement and knows how to find free space. That is training.
For me, all these types of triangles should encourage you from the premise that the play must start, very clear, very clear, under a good first control of the ball, understanding that what starts well have many options to end well, if not Clearly, if they have given us a bad ball, if the control has gone wrong, nothing happens and we abandon the flow to start over.
Triangles help and can enhance the short passing game because players can position themselves using a common idea to make their game faster as they know where their teammates are. This improves your decision making and your vision for the future.
In this way of seeing the triangle as part of your football, of your essence, it is important to understand that the diagonal pass is our ally, because the horizontal pass is easier to defend, just like the vertical, so without ruling out anything , because it depends on the positions on the field, we will try to play and make triangles in a diagonal way to favor the fluidity of creating triangles and later finding more spaces and movements to be able to move to other positions and to continue creating more triangles, or even other geometric shapes such as the rhombus and thus not favoring the work of the rival defense through horizontal or vertical passes.
With triangles it stretches, making it the best possible positional system to maintain possession. The field is divided horizontally and vertically into zones. There are 5 vertical zones: 2 wing zones, 2 half spaces and a central zone (learn more about zone 14 in football here). Half spaces are for organizing players who make vertical passes most of the time. Only the wing (band) areas are divided horizontally. These zones can help players position themselves in the correct area.
Triangles in soccer can be both offensive and defensive.
Roles and principles if we want to create triangles
As each triangle has three corners, three will be the necessary players, who should always be given different roles:
Triangles in Attack:
There is a player with possession of the ball, another who comes in support and another who is the one that forms the triangle, makes reference.
– Support for
Triangles in defense:
There is a player who performs the pressure on the ball, who is helped by the player who covers by pressing and covering and another is the one who is balancing the triangle.
Construction and destruction of triangles in soccer