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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.

Dispersal On gaining

Dispersal On gaining possession, players spread out front to back and sided to side, in order to stretch and pull defenders out of position, and open up space in which to pass, dribble, and/or create shooting opportunities. Mobility The calculated movement of players and the interchanging of positions to create space and unbalance defenses. Improvisation Doing the unexpected. Using individual football techniques to unlock tight defenses. 14

Occupation of Space Right from the start, the team with the goalkeeper in possession of the ball must take positions and occupy the field in such a matter to lay down the foundation for the aforementioned attacking principles. Players 5-6-4 position centrally are the closest players to the goal and provide support and defensive depth. They will take a half moon shape position in front of the goal, as wide as the penalty area with the central defender positioned slightly behind the other two. Player 11 and 7 will take a wide position providing width, 8 and 10 will split the central areas, while 9 will take an advanced central position to provide attaching depth to the team and stretch the field of play. (Fig 6) The 3-4-1 system of play allows the team to occupy the playing space in a balanced matter and provides natural triangles to build play from the back. (Fig 7) We are now going to take a closer look at the various situations a team will encounter when building from the back. Further, we will explore the player’s roles, and options that are available to them in such situations. Fig 6 Fig 6 Fig 7 15