Team Analysis

Learn how the top teams do it, by watching perfect points broken down into step-by-step plays that can each be practiced using the linked drills.

France, EUC 2019 (3)

A successful fast break can often be as much down to the players who don't touch the disc as those who do. Notice the French female player near the camera at the moment the turn happens who turns and attacks the endzone, dragging a male defender away with her, helping France to generate defensive confusion which they are able to exploit.

EUC 2019

Fast Break

France, EUC 2019 (2)

A good example where downfield players bunch into a stack to ensure that there's sufficient available space to take advantage of isolations

EUC 2019

Fast Break

France, EUC 2019

After catching a block in their own endzone, France immediately spread the field then convert the short huck for the score

EUC 2019

Fast Break

Short Hucks

Ireland Men, Windmill 2019 (4)

After a GB handling error, Ireland spread the field and fast break effectively for the score

Fast Break

Windmill 2019

Ireland Men, Windmill 2019 (3)

After failing to get the disc to the break side of the field, Ireland run a series of aggressive handler cuts along the open sideline, eventually generating power position and throwing long.

Fielding the Pull

Handler Resets

Power Position

Windmill 2019

Ireland Men, Windmill 2019 (2)

A patient Ireland swing the disc to open up new angles of attack, and make a number of attacking handler moves before finally generating power position and striking deep.

Handler Resets

Power Position

Windmill 2019

Ireland men, windmill 2019 (1)

Ireland use their handlers to work the disc, and their cutters tend to look to immediately give the disc back to the throwers. Two players, Sweeney & Rogers, dominate the play in this clip showing endzone offence in action.

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Windmill 2019

GB Men, Windmill 2019 (3)

After swinging the disc out of a side stack, GB work the open side to gain yards, then take advantage of some nifty pivoting to attack undefended space on the break side.

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Windmill 2019

GB Men, Windmill 2019 (2)

GB react to a poach by moving the disc away from the poaching defender towards the open player, then throwing deep continuation against the out-of-position marker.

Poaching

Windmill 2019

GB Men, Windmill 2019 (1)

GB set up a series of opportunities to throw deep, here setting up a cutter in a side stack to maximise the amount of space and time he has available

Fielding the Pull

Windmill 2019

New York Gridlock v Indianapolis Red (2)

Indianapolis Red chain together a series of handler resets to beat a sideline trap, working through their handlers to move the disc to the break side in order to get better field position, then using cutters to work the open side. This all happens twice, a great example of a well-oiled tactic in action.

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Premier Ultimate League

New York Gridlock v Indianapolis Red (1)

After swinging the disc to beat a poach, Nightlock hit a cutter on the break side who throws across the stack for the score

Poaching

Premier Ultimate League

Mammoth, AUC 2019

Mammoth keep attacking the break side, open side and deep space with cutters in this well-executed example of vertical stack

AUC 2019

Flow Offence

Vertical Stack

Ellipsis Mens (2), AUC 2019

After swinging the disc, a handler busts deep while his team mates swing twice, hit an under cut, then a dish before throwing deep

AUC 2019

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018 (4)

Fury initially contain movement of the disc after the pull is received, preventing Brute Squad from gaining ground. After slowing down the offence, Brute find a gap through the zone which allows them to string together a few passes before Fury generate a turnover.

Defence

USA Nationals 2018

Zone Defence

Ellipsis Mens, AUC 2019

A combination of good defensive positioning, coordinated team defence and lots of intensity generates a block, which Ellipsis immediately use to fast break for the score

AUC 2019

Defence

Fast Break

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018 (3)

Notice the initial positioning: Fury handler defenders have their bodies between the upline space and their players, while having their hips facing towards the backfield. This allows them to deny upfield cuts with their body, then contest the backfield cuts.

Defence

USA Nationals 2018

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018 (2)

After escaping from a handler trap, Fury yet again immediately throw deep when the marker is out of position

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

USA Nationals 2018

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018

Another example of a top team taking advantage of a momentary gap in defensive coverage. Here, Fury huck down the break side when a defender bids unsuccessfully on an under cut.

USA Nationals 2018

Brute Squad, USAU Nationals 2018 (2)

When a cutter gets the disc on the open side with a marker trailing far behind, it opens up an opportunity to attack the break side with a crossfield deep throw

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Short Hucks

USA Nationals 2018

Brute Squad, USAU Nationals 2018

Brute Squad not only break marks, but set up in such a way to maximise their ability to attack space

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

Power Position

USA Nationals 2018

Sockeye Switching Zone, USAU Nationals 2018

Sockeye are playing a help scheme defence aimed at clogging throwing lanes and preventing short handler movement

Defence

Poaching

USA Nationals 2018

Zone Defence

PoNY, North East Regionals 2018, 4

After swinging the disc to create new attacking angles, PoNY's cutters time their movements well to exploit undefended areas of the field

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Power Position

Vertical Stack

PoNY, North East Regionals 2018, 3

After a fast break, PoNY attack deep with their cutters, but show a lot of patience, resetting the disc repeatedly and taking good options to convert for a break

Fast Break

Handler Resets

Vertical Stack

PoNY, North East Regionals 2018, 2

Using a variety of handler resets and continuation cuts from the stack, PoNY are able to effectively work the unders

Handler Resets

Vertical Stack

PoNY, North East Regionals 2018, 1

Isolating one of your best throwers as the first cut is a good tactic. In this example, Jimmy Mickle gets open and throws deep, setting up an easy score.

Endzone Offence

Set Plays

Short Hucks

Vertical Stack

Nomadic Tribe 2, WUCC 2018

After changing angles of attack multiple times, Nomadic Tribe are able to generate a thrower-led goal

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

Nomadic Tribe, WUCC 2018

Each time Nomadic Tribe swing the disc they threaten continuation to the break side; if the defence stops it, then they step inside and break instead

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

Molly Brown, WUCC 2018

After catching a huck short of the endzone, Molly Brown reset backwards, swinging the disc before taking advantage of an out-of-position mark to score on the break side

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Short Hucks

WUCC 2018

Revolution 3, WUCC 2018

Here we can see Revolution fielding a pull and marching the disc downfield with ease

Fielding the Pull

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

WUCC 2018

Clapham 2, WUCC 2018

Individual skill is just as important as team movement, and here we see some excellent fundamentals to generate a break throw which the defence cannot recover from

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

Clapham, WUCC 2018

Clapham initiate with a lateral cut from the break side to the open side, hit a V cut, then repeat this action again to score, moving the disc from one sideline to the other in the process

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

WUCC 2018

Colony, WUCC 2018

After running a flood play to create space, Colony work the disc across the field, sideline to sideline, twice to generate good separation and an easy goal

Endzone Offence

Fielding the Pull

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

GOAT 2, WUCC 2018

Swinging the disc, breaking the mark, and then dominating the open side, GOAT show off a wide range of offensive options

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

GOAT 1, WUCC 2018

After GOAT run a peppermill to initiate movement from a side stack, Colony respond by poaching to cover deep threats. GOAT then work the disc against these poaches with good handler movement.

Peppermill

Set Plays

Split Stack

WUCC 2018

CUSB 3, WUCC 2018

After moving the disc laterally, CUSB shoot deep then quickly convert for the goal

Flow Offence

WUCC 2018

CUSB 2, WUCC 2018

Using both sides of the field in their endzone set is a great way of creating different angles of attack

Endzone Offence

Side Stack

WUCC 2018

CUSB, WUCC 2018

After attempting to score in the open side, and being denied by well-positioned defenders, CUSB swing and attack the break side of the field

Endzone Offence

WUCC 2018

Ozone, WUCC 2018

Ozone clear deep, creating a big space to attack, before setting up the deep shot

Fielding the Pull

Horizontal Stack

WUCC 2018

MUD Defence, WUCC 2018

Utilising a combination of switching, poaching, and tactical positioning, MUD lure their opponent into moving the disc to the sideline, where they are able to trap successfully.

Defence

WUCC 2018

MUD, WUCC 2018

A simple handler reset sets up power position and MUD are able to hit a handler cutting deep for the goal

Power Position

WUCC 2018

Revolution Defence, WUCC 2018

Revolution are strategically poaching to make MUD throw long, and put all of their efforts into shutting down handler movement

Defence

Poaching

WUCC 2018

Revolution 2, WUCC 2018

While the handlers recycle the disc, notice how the Revolution cutters make big movements, which the MUD defenders react to by shifting positions. Eventually, it is one of these cuts that opens up the field, allowing Revolution to exploit the deep space.

Handler Resets

WUCC 2018

Revolution 1, WUCC 2018

Revolution make use of handler movement to quickly convert this short huck

Endzone Offence

WUCC 2018

Yaka 4, Windmill 2018

The principle of fast breaking is to take advantage of a poorly organised defence. This example shows exactly why it can be such an effective tactic.

Fast Break

Windmill 2018

Yaka 3, Windmill 2018

Yaka demonstrate how to react to poaches and show off perfect timing in this beautiful endzone set from a horizontal stack

Endzone Offence

Windmill 2018

Yaka 2, Windmill 2018

Yaka clear space to isolate a cutter, then run a quick give and go before generating an easy assist

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Set Plays

Windmill 2018

Yaka 1, Windmill 2018

Yaka show how to use dish moves to beat poaches in a horizontal stack, moving the disc from sideline to sideline

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Windmill 2018

Mainzelmädchen 3, Windmill 2018

Mainzelmädchen use a well-drilled reset pattern to quickly move the disc to the break side and score

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Windmill 2018

Mainzelmädchen 2, Windmill 2018

Well-timed cuts and efficient handler movement drive Mainzelmädchen to another offensive hold.

Endzone Offence

Fielding the Pull

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

Windmill 2018

Mainzelmädchen 1, Windmill 2018

Mainzelmädchen show off nice movement from the pull, handler resets to beat a poach attempt, all culminating in a deep strike

Fielding the Pull

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Lateral Cuts

Windmill 2018

Colombia Revolution Poaching

Here we show a poach set used to deny big lane cuts, and highlight some weaknesses that Austin Torch exploit

Poaching

Colombia Revolution (7)

Revolution exploit some poor defensive positioning to walk the disc up the open side using three distinct techniques

Flow Offence

Vertical Stack

Colombia Revolution (6)

Revolution yet again utilising continuation & handler movement to attack all areas of the field

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Colombia Revolution (5)

Revolution quickly switch the field, again using short range handler movement to score

Endzone Offence

Vertical Stack

Colombia Revolution (4)

Revolution make use of pivoting action to attack undefended space, moving the disc laterally and making good use of the available field space.

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Colombia Revolution (3)

Revolution combine short range handler resets with precise deep throwing to score efficiently

Handler Resets

Power Position

Colombia Revolution (2)

Revolution switch the field easily, taking maximum advantage of cutter momentum to attack undefended areas of the field

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Lateral Cuts

Colombia Revolution (1)

Colombia's Revolution show off their flowing offence, making use of their cutters

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

Side Stack

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (21)

The final goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (20)

The twentieth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Handler Resets

Lateral Cuts

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (19)

The nineteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Women's Final

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (18)

The eighteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (17)

The seventeenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (16)

The sixteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (15)

The fifteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Set Plays

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (14)

The fourteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Flow Offence

Set Plays

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (13)

The thirteenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Flow Offence

Power Position

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (12)

The twelfth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (11)

The eleventh goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (10)

The tenth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (9)

The ninth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (8)

The eighth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (7)

The seventh goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Flow Offence

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (6)

The sixth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

Lateral Cuts

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (5)

The fifth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (4)

The fourth goal of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (3)

The third point of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Set Plays

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (2)

The second goal in the 2017 WCBU Womens Final

Set Plays

WCBU 2017

Russia vs USA, WCBU 2017 (1)

The first point of the WCBU 2017 Womens Final

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

WCBU 2017

USA, WUGC Preview

USA show off a range of skills here, beginning with a set play, throwing in some continuation cuts, handler resets, and a short range leading throw to the break side for the score

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Philippines, WUGC 2016

Good use of the Undefended Channel to generate break side movement and a deep strike

Horizontal Stack

Set Plays

WUGC 2016

Minnesota Grey Duck, US College Nationals 2016

Watch 2016 College Champions Grey Duck work the disc downfield in horizontal stack; being backed all the way, they have to generate separation to work the unders

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Great Britain, WUGC 2016

GB field the pull and work the disc down the sideline in flow for an easy goal

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

WUGC 2016

Sockeye, US Open 2014

Watch the cutter nearest the camera take advantage of the space that is created in the middle of the field, and how Sockeye use this advantageous position to immediately move the disc. Without holding the disc for more than a couple of seconds, or taking any risky options, they have moved from one end of the field to the other.

Horizontal Stack

Set Plays

Canada, WUGC 2016 (5)

Canada set up another deep strike using a peppermill.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Peppermill

Set Plays

WUGC 2016

Canada, WUGC 2016 (4)

Watch Canada execute a windmill play out of a horizontal stack.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Set Plays

WUGC 2016

Canada, WUGC 2016 (3)

Watch Canada work the disc down the break side of the field for the goal.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

WUGC 2016

Canada, WUGC 2016 (2)

Canada use a peppermill play to set up an isolated deep strike.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Peppermill

Set Plays

WUGC 2016

Canada, WUGC 2016 (1)

Watch Team Canada show off a nice deep strike out of horizontal stack, then quickly converting the short huck with an isolated cutter.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Peppermill

Set Plays

WUGC 2016

Riot, US Nationals 2016 (5)

Watch Riot show off a range of moves to repeatedly recycle the disc under pressure and put themselves into the 2016 final.

Endzone Offence

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

USA Nationals 2016

Riot, US Nationals 2016 (4)

Riot continue to successfully isolate cutters & handlers to ensure that they maintain flow

Flow Offence

USA Nationals 2016

Riot, US Nationals 2016 (3)

Not all points are plain-sailing. Here, Riot initiate movement by clearing a poached handler, then pick apart the poachy defence of Fury before setting up an isolation for the goal

Flow Offence

USA Nationals 2016

Riot, US Nationals 2016 (2)

Riot show two different methods of moving the disc off the sideline, exploiting continuation cuts on both occasions, before their flow is stopped by a foul.

Handler Resets

USA Nationals 2016

Vertical Stack

Riot, US Nationals 2016

Riot create a lot of space with their vertical stack, allowing them to be patient and only strike when the circumstances are right.

USA Nationals 2016

Vertical Stack

Fury, US Nationals 2016 (4)

I love this little move to isolate a defender; it's really tough to stop without opening yourself up to another area of attack. This particular example is really well executed because the initial throw leads to the cutter facing downfield, making the continuation pass even easier.

Flow Offence

USA Nationals 2016

Fury, US Nationals 2016 (3)

By threatening the break side, Fury get Riot's defence to shift, creating plenty of space to attack into the endzone

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

USA Nationals 2016

Fury, US Nationals 2016

Here we see Fury's D line using handler resets to initiate flow downfield, making good use of space to isolate cutters with a variety of moves

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

USA Nationals 2016

Fury, US Nationals 2016 (2)

Fury show a lot of patience here, repeatedly resetting using a variety of moves, all the while gaining yards

Handler Resets

Power Position

USA Nationals 2016

Johnny Bravo, Pro-Elite Challenge 2016

Johnny Bravo show how you can deal with defenders who anticipate the play a little too early

Flow Offence

Truck Stop, Pro-Elite Challenge 2016

Truck Stop show off their versatility here, showing patience to work the disc through their resets until generating a deep shot for the break

Handler Resets

Madison Club, US Open 2016 (2)

Madison use the full field space available in this clip, flowing all the way from endzone to endzone via both sidelines

Flow Offence

Madison Club, US Open 2016

Madison display patience & creativity against a shifting Sockeye endzone defence

Endzone Offence

Sockeye, US Nationals 2015

Watch Sockeye run a simple yet powerful set play: the peppermill

Horizontal Stack

Peppermill

GOAT, US Nationals 2015

GOAT show off a typical vertical stack, seamlessly switching to handler movement when they are unable to hit their lane cutters

Handler Resets

Vertical Stack

Riot, Pro-Flight Finale 2015

Here we see Riot move the disc through their handlers before taking a deep shot opportunity

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Ring of Fire, US Open 2015

Ring run a nice set play here, and show how to take advantage of a defensive mix-up

Horizontal Stack

Peppermill

Revolver, US Open 2015 (2)

Revolver show they can work the disc against both hard man-to-man defence and poaches with some nice flow and an easy goal

Flow Offence

Side Stack

Molly Brown, Pro-Elite Challenge 2015

Molly Brown run a nice set play here, clearing space and isolating a deep cutter

Horizontal Stack

Set Plays

Ironside, US Open 2015

Here we see Ironside working the disc intelligently against a Revolver team who is trying to prevent the deep threat

Flow Offence

Vertical Stack

Brute Squad, US Nationals 2015

Brute Squad show off a range of handler movements in this clip, attacking the break side of the field to start with then moving the disc to the far side of the field, attacking the open side with a give and go

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

Vertical Stack

Johnny Bravo, US Open 2015 (2)

Here, Bravo work the disc down the open sideline, throwing long from power position

Flow Offence

Power Position

Vertical Stack

Johnny Bravo, US Open 2015

Here's the Bravo D line in action. They start with a handler-led vertical stack, moving the disc against a poachy Ring defence.

Flow Offence

Vertical Stack

Revolver, US Open 2015

In this clip, we see Revolver start in a horizontal stack on the brick. After breaking the mark, they move down the break side of the field in a side stack, scoring in flow utilising a series of isolated cutters. Note that the transition to side stack is a natural process caused by offensive players moving away from the disc, therefore ensuring that as the disc moves down one side of the field, the players are stacked up on the other.

Flow Offence

Horizontal Stack

Lateral Cuts

Side Stack