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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.

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When the wingbacks have possession of the ball, it is important that the closest midfielder gets away from his opponent and into a safe space to receive the ball, in order to advance it or to switch it to the other part of the field. (Fig 18) In the same situation as above but with a challenging opponent, the midfielder can still be effective through a quick combination with 11 to advance the ball, a first touch away from pressure for a lay off to 6, or a switch to 10. (Fig 19) Fig 18 Fig 19 OBSERVATION CARD CENTRAL MID (8-10) BUILDING PLAY FROM THE BACK Technical and Cognitive Behaviors Developing Competent Proficient

WING-BACKS (7-11) The two wing-backs provide width to the team. When building from the back in their chain of play, they have to take a proper position in relation to the center back and central midfielder. Their position is also related to the position taken by the direct opponent. Players in this role have to learn how to create space for themselves to either receive the ball to feet, or to space. Safety is in this part of the field is a must, and combining with teammates rather than taking players on is recommended When in possession, but under pressure and unable to receive the ball facing the opponent’s goal, the wing back can either pass the ball back to the central midfielder for a combination to advance, set up with a first touch a possible long pass to the striker, or pass it back to the closest defender to keep possession and restart build-up. (Fig 24) When the closest center defender has the ball, and intends to pass it to the central midfielder, then the wingback should check towards the ball to create space and then check back as the ball travels to the midfielder to receive and advance the ball. (Fig 25A) Fig 24 Fig 15 If the wingback wants to receive the ball to feet, the movement is the opposite. The wingback checks off from the ball and checks back to space to receive the ball facing the opponent. (Fig 25B) Fig 25 Facing the opponent in comfortable possession, the wingback can either look for a long pass to the striker (space or feet) or a passcombination to the closest central midfielder for a switch to advance the ball. Beating the opponent is still an option, if the ball is in an advance field position. Safety first. (Fig 26) Fig 16 Fig 17 26 27