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Teach Youth Players How to build play from the back

This is the first of The Youth Coaching Series E-Books designed for coaches operating at the youth level. This e-book provides coaches of U11and U12 a comprehensive plan in how progressively teach youth players how to build play from the back in the 9v9 game format.

They form a diamond

They form a diamond shape that allows natural angles of support, as well as numbers up on the central attacker. (Fig2) The goalkeeper is a key position for a team that builds from the back. Players in this role must be technically as good as any outfield player, comfortable with their feet, and at this stage, they should follow the same technical training of an outfield player. Fig 2 The position of the two central defenders should not be too far from each other, as it is difficult for players at this stage to have great passing and controlling accuracy of over long distances. The central midfielder should form a triangle with the two defenders, and be in a position to provide an advanced passing option. Note: When the goalkeeper is in possession, the ball should always be passed to either one of the central defenders unless marked. The wide build up chains include one central defender, a wide player, the midfielder, and the central striker which will move to the side of the ball (are you talking about the central striker or the build up chains? It is unclear). They form a diamond shape with two natural triangles. Advancing the ball is always the priority but must be done in a safe matter. Through training, players must learn to recognize the various situations and choose the best available option to safely advance the ball. However, when this is not possible, retaining possession is a priority. In Fig 3 Fig 3, the central defender has no viable safe passing options, but can use the goalkeeper or the other central defender as the "out players” to come out safely from a pressured situation. The last build up chain, occurs in central areas with the central midfielder in possession of the ball. Two wide players, and the central striker, and the central midfielder form an advanced diamond shape that moves the team’s build up through the midfield areas to the final 3rd of the field. The two central defenders take a back position of support as “out players,” an option that must be always 10

ack position of support as “out players” an option that must be always available if forward play is not possible. (Fig 4) The 2-3-1 for 7v7 is only a structure that can be used to facilitate the teaching concepts of building from the back. The real work for the coach is to develop the technical, tactical, physical, and mental requirements needed for the players to be ready for the next stage of their development. Next, we will take an in-depth look at stage 2, which is designed for playing under the 9v9 game format. I thought it was important to provide an introduction of this topic by highlighting the key concepts of the previous stage –The 7v7 Fig 4 for U9 andU10 Players– as a foundation to the stage covered in this e-book. In the following pages, we will look at some of the prerequisites that need to be developed in order to teach and train youth players at U11 and U12 how to build successfully from the back from goalkeeper possession. 11