Running in attack - close support of the ball carrier

The supporting player should:
  • position themselves to support the ball carrier, ideally from behind which will enable them to react to the actions of the ball carrier
  • communicate to the ball carrier that they are running in support
  • anticipate their role in support and have their hands ready to receive an offload pass if given but also be prepared to enter a contact situation to clear a threat if necessary
  • keep their distance to ensure they can react to the ball carrier’s actions, accelerate into play and onto the ball/enter the contact area rather than slowing down to catch the ball/enter the contact area
  • catch pass/clear contact area and continue play