EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Build from the back

This session works on getting your team to build attacks from defence.

What this session is about

  1.  Building attacks from the defenders.
  2.  Zig zagging through the pitch.
  3.  Creating chances to score goals.

What to think about

It is important to practise building attacks from different areas of the pitch.

When building attacks from defence you can start from a central position (centre backs) or from the sides (right or left full backs).

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Use half a pitch relevant to your age group.

Place a goalkeeper and seven mannequins/poles to represent an opposing four-man defence and three-man midfield.

Place your four “attacking” defenders on the half way line and give each a number of footballs to serve into the area. Now depending on your chosen formation, place your midfielders and forwards inside the opponents half and between the mannequins/poles.

Starting with a wide back work the ball through to a forward or attacking midfielders run to score.

Passes are fed between the mannequins/poles and get the ball into the area against a manned keeper.

Passes are fed between the mannequins/poles and get the ball into the area against a manned keeper.


Development

Replace the mannequins/poles with live defenders.

Now the defender chosen is free to dribble forward or pass and follow into the pitch to join the attack to even up the numbers.

The defending team scores by regaining possession and passing into the space left by the attacking defender.

Replace the mannequins/poles with live defenders. An “attacking” defender looks to get forward.

Replace the mannequins/poles with live defenders. An “attacking” defender looks to get forward.


Game situation

Mark out a 60 x 50 yard area using cones. Now split the pitch into four zones: 10 yards at each end and two 20-yard zones in the middle.

Play 8v8 plus a manned goal.

Tackling is not allowed inside a 10-yard zone if that team is launching an attack. This allows a defender to build an attack unopposed through the central “play zones” get into the other 10-yard zone to shoot.

Tackles can be made inside the 10-yard zone when a team is defending but defenders must be coached to hold a defensive line and use the offside trap when needed.

No tackling in the end zone when a team is attacking to allow the defender to get forward. Tackling in the other end zone is permitted.

No tackling in the end zone when a team is attacking to allow the defender to get forward. Tackling in the other end zone is permitted.


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