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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.

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Building play from the back Stage 2– 9v9 This is stage 2 of teaching players how to build from the back. In the previous stage, players were introduced to general concepts and situations that are crucial for an effective build up play from the back. The pre-required technical components and cognitive aspects of building from the back were laid down, and will serve as a starting point for his stage. In the next two years, 11 and 12 year old players are going to build on these concepts and apply them in the 9v9 game format. The training of these aspects of development will become more complex and increase in difficulty; supported by an optimal physical and mental development of each player. The 9v9 game format brings some additional elements of consideration in the development of build-up play from the back. Larger field and goal size. Two extra field players. Different retreat line rule. Throw-in. Offside rule Fig 5 For the 9v9 game format, we are going to use the 3-4-1 system of play. This system’s structure supports and facilitates the development of the concepts and principles outlined in the previous stage. Basically, we are adding a defender and a central midfielder to the 2-3-1 formation. All the other positions and roles remain the same. This gives players stability in their understanding and also adds elements that will slowly bring the game to the 11v11 game format. These new elements will influence our teaching approach as situations become more complex and progressively comparable to the standard 11v11 game. In the 7v7 game format, we used the 2-3-1 formation. It featured two defenders in the back, one central midfielder, two wide players and one striker. (Fig 5) Fig 5B 12

Attacking Principles of Play Soccer is a dynamic game made up of attacking and defending situations. Players must learn to recognize these situations and effectively apply the best solutions. These principles of play provide the coach and the team a platform to follow in order to succeed in building play from the back. Support, width, depth, and mobility are all key attacking principles that coaches must make sure players understand and abide by. Support In order to keep possession, players need support in front, to the side, and behind the ball. Good supporting positions exist when players take up positions close to the ball and away from it, where they can receive the ball without it being intercepted. Penetration Can we score or advance the ball effectively by shooting, dribbling, or passing the ball around, over, or between opposing players. 13