INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Playing out from the back

One of the most attractive and effective ways of scoring goals is to use the entire team by playing the ball out from the back. From the goalkeeper, through the defence and midfield, to a forward who can finish the move.

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

  • Attacking principles, e.g. spread out when in possession.
  • Individual movement to create space.
  • Passing and receiving techniques.
  • Running with the ball technique.
  • Switching play.

Set-up

Use an area 40 yards long by 35 yards wide for the session and development. Split the area into three equal zones and set up two small gate goals (with cones) at each end.

For the game situation, use an area 55 yards long by 35 yards wide with a goal at each end.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Place three defenders against one attacker in both end zones and 2v2 in the middle. Players must remain in their zones and pass the ball through each zone. Teams attempt to score in their opponent’s gate goals.

Players remain in their zones and try to pass the ball forward to create goalscoring opportunities.

Players remain in their zones and try to pass the ball forward to create goalscoring opportunities.


Development

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 the team loses possession.

To progress, one player from the attacking team can dribble/run with the ball forward, rather than just passing it, into the next zone to make 3v2 (midfield) or 2v3 (attacking third).

When a player passes forward (or dribbles forward), he can move into the next zone to change the team ratios as they attack.

When a player passes forward (or dribbles forward), he can move into the next zone to change the team ratios as they attack.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game in an area 55 yards long by 35 yards wide with a goal at each end. Although you remove the three zones, condition the game to begin with so goalkeepers have to roll or pass the ball out from the back.

You could also impose a condition so goalkeepers restart play when the ball goes out of play anywhere on the pitch to encourage working from the back.

In a small-sided game, start each attack from the goalkeeper so play develops through the length of the pitch.

In a small-sided game, start each attack from the goalkeeper so play develops through the length of the pitch.


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