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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.


When building from the back, the team is in control of the ball and most importantly has the opportunity to advance it and score a goal. Concepts and Situations To do so, players must be technically well prepared. They need to feel confident in keeping the ball, considering their passing options, and knowing how to act in any situation. Fig 8 To help players understand, and at the same time provide them with confidence, the coach must put in rules in place that everyone understands and follows when building from the back. For example: Two touches pass; no 50/50 pass No dribbling unless space is available Always try to advance the ball ;if it that is not possible, keep it with safe passes Fig 9 With the keeper in possession of the ball, the team must take a strategic position on the field trying to occupy the space available both in width and depth, stretching the field of play as much as possible. At the same time, each player must take a position that provides a possible passing or supporting option. We are now going to take a closer look at the various situations and options available to players when building play from the back. The goalkeeper in possession of the ball has 3 safe short passing solutions to initiate play, with the three defenders in front. The retreat line guarantees enough time and space for any of the three defenders receiving the ball to keep possession and find the best passing solution to advance it. (Fig 8) After receiving the ball from the keeper, 4 (center right back) has four passing options available to advance the ball or keep possession. 1. A pass to 7 2. A pass to 4 3. A pass back to keeper 4. A pass to 6 for a switch The 5v3 situation provides players with confidence knowing that there always passing option available to them. (Fig 9) 16

Breaking The First Line With 7 in possession, here some of the possible options: 1. Pass to 4, which got to peel off from the opponent to receive the ball without being under pressure, or to look for a combination to advance the ball 2. Look for a second line pass to the striker 9, and a combination 3. If space is available behind the direct opponent, one could take on the opponent (risky in this part of the field) or pass the ball back to 4 to switch it. (Fig 10) Fig 10 The center back 6 has a privileged position in building play from the back as its central position provides many options (short and long) as well as the use of either side of the field. In possession, 6 can use – depending on the position of the attackers – either player 4 or 5 as the first option to advance the ball. From there, play can develop as illustrated above. (Fig 11) A central option can also be provided by the timely movement of 8 or 4 to space where they can receive the ball away from immediate pressure and advance it to the next line Fig 11 of the field. (Fig 12) If no near options are available because of the opponent pressing, then a long option can be provided by the central striker or wide midfielders. Fig 12 17