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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.

Breaking The Second Line

Breaking The Second Line When building play from the back, the objective is to advance the ball to the midfield area in possession and from there, move the ball to more dangerous areas to penetrate. Keeping possession is always key. The ball must be moved safely to areas with less players and more space available. In the illustration below, (Fig 13) with 8 in possession of the ball, there are several options to advance the ball. 8 can use a short lateral pass to 10 to move the ball to the other side of the field, or use 7 or 11 to penetrate laterally, or advance centrally with a more direct pass to feet for the central striker 9. If under pressure and with no forward options available, 8 can always pass back the ball to any of the three defenders, in order to keep possession and move it to different areas of the field. Fig 13 Fig 13 18

Players Options When In Possession GOALKEEPER We are now going to take at a more in-depth look at the options each player has when in possession of the ball, according to their role and position of the field. Knowing what options are available makes the decision-making quicker, and as a result increases the possibility of keeping possession of the ball and being able to advance it. We start with the goalkeeper. In modern soccer, the role of the goalkeeper in maintaining possession is fundamental when building from the back. Players in this position must be technically competent in passing and receiving the ball. At the end, we have also provided an assessment tool for the coach, to measure the performance and individual development of players when building from the back. Whether taking a goal kick or just holding possession during play, the mindset of the goalkeeper has changed in these situations. They are now expected to initiate controlled play when in possession to advance the ball up field. When in possession, the goalkeeper has 3 immediate passing options given by the three defenders. The option that a goalkeeper chooses will depend on the position of the ball in the penalty area when in possession. Fig 1 Fig 1 The most important part of this situation is that the service to the defender must be of quality, so that the ball can be controlled easily and quickly. (Fig 1) If the three options in front are not available, then the goalkeeper must look at a second line pass to either the central areas or to the wingbacks. Therefore, it is important that goalkeepers are trained in dealing in these situations and practice the short and long passing techniques needed to be effective. (Fig 2) Fig 2 19