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.
In extreme pressing situations from the opponent where the pass to 6 is not safe, then the ball must go to the keeper for a long pass or if possible, to switch the ball to the opposite side. (Fig 11) Fig 11 OBSERVATION CARD Centre Back Left– Right (5-4) BUILDING PLAY FROM THE BACK Technical and Cognitive Behaviors Developing Competent Proficient
CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS (8-10) The two central midfielders have a crucial role in building from the back. Both must provide a viable target past the opponent’s first defensive line. Their movements must be coordinated in a matter that both players always provide a passing option to the ball carrier, although never in the same line. After receiving the ball, their first objective is to try to advance it. If it is not possible, they should keep possession while moving it to an area with less players and more space. When the central defender is in possession of the ball, midfielder 10 provides an option by checking towards the empty space in front to receive a pass. From there, depending on weather the direct opponent movement or reaction, he can lay off the ball to the other center backs (4 or 5), combine with 7 to advance the ball, or take a halfway turn to look for 8 in a more advance position. (Fig 15) Fig 15 If 8 has time and space to receive the pass from 6 and turn, then he can look to advance the ball to the striker, the other midfielder, or in wide areas to 11 or 7 creating opportunities to penetrate in dangerous areas. (Fig 16) When defenders have the ball and are looking for a midfield option, each midfielder has to read each other’s positioning on the field and movements. Fig 16 As a rule, the closest player to the ball initiates a movement, while the other makes an opposite counter movement. With 5 in possession, 8 checks away from the direct opponent 4 to receive the ball in the pocket and turn to advance the ball. Or, 8 can lay off the ball to 6 to keep possession, while 10 looks to run behind on an angle. (Fig 17) Fig 17 25
FINAL GAME Building play from the b