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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.


OBSERVATION CARD Keeper (1) BUILDING PLAY FROM THE BACK Technical and Cognitive Behaviors Developing Competent Proficient

CENTRE BACK(6) The center back, because of its central position, is considered as the quarterback of the defensive line. He is always in a supporting position when not in possession, ready to receive the ball if forward play is not possible for a switch to a different part of the field. When receiving the ball, the first option for the center back to advance the ball is a short pass to either player on his side. With one opponent (central striker) challenging , 6 has two passing options available to easily advance the ball. (Fig 3) Safety is the first priority. After making a pass, 6 must immediately get in a strategic supporting position to the ball carrier that allows him time and space to safely receive the ball and move it to a better option. Fig 3 It is of the utmost importance that 6, upon receiving the ball, quickly reads the situation and makes the correct passing decision in order to keep possession and advance the ball. When in possession and two players challenge at the same time, 6 (the open defender) becomes the obvious viable option. (Fig 4) Fig 4 If the opposition high-pressures the back three with 3 players, and 6 has no passing options, the keeper becomes the safe option to retain possession and advance the ball past the first line. (Fig 5) Fig 5 21