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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.

If 6 has time, space,

If 6 has time, space, and no side-passing options to the other 2 defenders, both center midfielders become viable passing options to advance the ball. The other passing option is to either wingback, which is a little more risky at this stage, as it requires a longer and accurate lofted pass. (Fig 6) (Fig 6) OBSERVATION CARD Centre Back 6 BUILDING PLAY FROM THE BACK Technical and Cognitive Behaviors Developing Competent Proficient

CENTRE BACK( LEFT-RIGHT 5-4) The two side center backs (5 and 4) will each take a side, and a more advanced position in relation to the center back 6, forming a triangle. Each of them will play on one side of the field, forming a chain of play with the wingback, the inside midfielder, and the striker with 6 as the out player. After receiving the ball from 6, depending on the position of the opponent (11), the first option is to pass the ball wide and immediately get in a supporting position for an eventual pass back. (Fig 7) If the 11 is too tight to 7 and the pass is not safe, then a pass to central midfielder 10 will be the next choice. From there, a combination with 7 can advance the ball out of the back. (Fig 8) Fig 7 If the wide and central options are not available, then a direct long pass to the striker (if there is a direct free passing lane) can be used to advance the ball. From there, a combination with 10 or 7 can advance the ball in dangerous areas. (Fig 9) If no safe forward option is available, then 4 will look for a safe pass back to 6 in order to retain possession and switch play. (Fig 10)F Fig 8 Fig 10 Fig 9 23