Get in behind


This session is all about how teams can exploit space behind the defence with good through passes.


Use half a pitch with three gates on the halfway line. Have three yellow gates outside the penalty area, with two red gates in the space either side of the central gate. We used 16 players.


Use a team of seven defenders, plus a keeper, and an attacking team of three strikers, three midfielders and two full-backs. The defenders start with a back four on the yellow cones and three midfielders. The back four cannot move back into the penalty area until a through ball is played – play offside to the line of cones. Play starts with a pass into midfield from the halfway line and teams can then look to play the through ball. If the defending team wins the ball they can attack the goals on the halfway line. Passes go through the yellow gates and players through the red gates unless they dribble into the area and then they can go through any gate.


Look for good passes for players to run on to, plus support play.

1. The game starts with the attacking team building from the halfway line and looking to create space with passing and movement
2. The ball must go through a yellow gate and no player can go beyond the line of cones until the ball has gone past the cones

3. Here the move down the wing has created space on the far side of the penalty area
4. The wide player on this side of the penalty area has held their position and strikes at the goal

5. The movement of the attackers pulls defenders away from goal and the attacking midfielder can dribble and score

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