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Fast play

1. Quickly turning defence into attack

Today, almost all top teams have fast wing players who are able to anticipate turnover situations early on and start a first phase counter-attack. This ability to quickly turn defence into attack – or from the defence’s perspective, when turning attack into defence – plays a crucial role in modern handball.

The ability to quickly turn defence into attack with the aim of immediately creating a throwing situation from as few actions as possible is especially important in the following situations (see {d6dff3d2-f62c-49cf-ab71-5f9dea425700,video 15}):

  • When the opponents commit a technical fault (for example, offensive foul, passive play, etc.)
  • When none of the teams have the ball (for example, when the ball is loose and players fight for it after a defensive block or a failed attempt to catch it)
  • After a defender has actively intercepted a pass
  • In all empty-goal situations (when the opposing attack acts without goalkeeper)

An important prerequisite for quick transitions is a well-developed speed of action, which must be trained again and again with various methodical training drills.

 

2. Quick throw-offs after conceding a goal

In modern top-level handball, quick throw-offs after conceding a goal aim at the following:

  • A direct counter-attack (in response to conceding a goal) can be an important strategy to put physical and mental pressure on the opponents, both during the course of the game and in certain match phases.
  • Quick throw-offs take on a new meaning if an opposing team substitute their goalkeeper for an additional field player in attack. For example, if outnumbered (6 against 7 or 5 against 6), the defending team can ‘counter’ the opponents’ attack with a quick throw-off.
  • Finally, a quick throw-off may be used from a tactical point of view to prevent the opponents from bringing on specialists. If, for example, the opponents’ could not bring on their defence specialist, the attack can use this to their advantage in the following positional attack.

{c3ba3c40-ff92-4039-99df-f961bd9b6fb6,Video 16} shows different tactical attacking means from quick throw-offs, which may be followed by an immediate breakthrough (similar to a first phase counter-attack).

The selected scenes also illustrate another important tactical trend: the throw-off is followed by a change of pace and rhythm that causes the opposing team to organise accordingly in the intended defence formation. Then, there is another explosive change of pace combined with

  • a one-on-one,
  • cooperation to the side, where the opponents’ constellation creates larger spaces or where the opponents are briefly outnumbered.