What is the attacking third in soccer?
The attacking third is the section of the pitch in which one team is close to the goal with the best opportunities to score. The offense is more dangerous when they can make plays in the attacking third. There is no line drawn on the field to define the start of the attacking third relative to the center line; rather, it is just an approximate definition.
You may sometimes hear the attacking third called the “final third” because it’s the final destination or place the offense needs to go to score a goal.
Other Areas of the Pitch
- Defensive Third
- Middle Third
- Goal Area
- Penalty Area