EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

It’s Behind You

The Rules

Split your squad into three teams of four players. Goalkeepers are optional, or you can use a spare player as a sweeper. Attackers start on the 40 yard line.

The red team defends against the white team. A player from the blue team plays the ball over the heads of the white team, the keeper remains in the 6 yard area. Players should react as soon as the ball is played.

If the red team can control the ball and pass it to reach any of the blue team on the halfway line it scores a point. If the white team wins possession it can attack the goal as normal.

Keep playing until a goal is scored or missed, or the ball is played to the blue team. Restart play from the halfway line. If the ball goes into touch continue with a throw in. Whites then switch with the reds and the red team switches with the blue team.

Objectives

This game focuses on the best way defenders can deal with a ball that is played into the space behind them.

Key Skills

Speed to ball, recovery runs of each player to provide support and cover, communication including keeper, and play forward at the first opportunity.

Set Up

Area: 40×30 yards with defensive line 25 yards out
Players: 12
Equipment: Goal, balls, cones

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Its Behind You Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

A player from the blue team plays the ball over the heads of the white team.

 

Its Behind You Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Develop play by making the keeper touch
the ball at least once.

 

Its Behind You Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Start with the defenders and attackers closer
together to make the game more difficult.

What To Call Out

“React”
“Can you keep it?”
“Play out”

Development

  •  The ball must be touched by the keeper or sweeper at least once before it is returned to the serving team.
  •  A player can dribble the ball to the serving team (this encourages running with the ball if there is space available).
  •  Start with the defenders and attackers on the same line or bring them a little closer together.

Hint

Allow keepers to come and collect if possible, but the teams must still play out.

 

 

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