INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Play it out from the back

If you want your team to dominate possession by passing the ball out and upfield, starting with the goalkeeper, your players need to show skill, hard work and courage.

What this session is about

  1. Developing a team’s ability to keep possession.
  2. Improving passing.
  3. Being comfortable on the ball.

What to think about

Players receiving the ball must:

  • Spread out across the width and length of the pitch when in possession to create space.
  • Demonstrate good passing, receiving and movement. E.G. Use the correct “weight” on the pass, first touch into space and checking back to create space.
  • Offer back-up support to team mates.
  • Hit a longer pass if an opportunity arises.
  • Finish with an attempt on goal.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up an area split into three equal zones with two cone goals at each end. Play 6v6 and place three defenders against one attacker in each end zone and 2v2 in the middle.

Players must remain in their zones and pass the ball through each zone. Teams attempt to score in either of their opponent’s cone goals. Restart play with a pass-in.

To progress, the player who passes the ball forward into their midfield or attacking zones can go forward into that zone to make 3v2 (midfield) or 2v3 (attacking third). Players must return to their zone once their team loses possession.

Players need to pass the ball through each zone and try to score through either of the cone goals.

Players need to pass the ball through each zone and try to score through either of the cone goals.


Development

Play a game of 6v6 (now with two keepers and two goals, one at each end, to replace the cone goals) in the same playing area but with two 10- yard end zones rather than split into three equal areas.

Only the players and goalkeeper of the team in possession are allowed in their own defensive end zones. Restart play with the goalkeeper whose team would have had possession each time the ball goes out of play.

To progress, allow one player from the opposition into the end zone to apply pressure.

Only players in possession can use their defensive end zones to begin build-up play from the back.

Only players in possession can use their defensive end zones to begin build-up play from the back.


Game situation

Remove the end zones, but condition the game so that goalkeepers have to roll out or pass the ball out from the back. This means no long throws or kicks are allowed and playing out from the back is vital.

Throw-ins and offsides are used to keep the game realistic. The team that scores most goals wins.

Keepers have to roll or pass the ball out short so build-up play is encouraged.

Keepers have to roll or pass the ball out short so build-up play is encouraged.


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